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Sam Houston State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,407 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 48 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

58% Women
42% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Southland Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $90,709)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $54,945)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 52 46 - -
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 18 15 - Yes
Bowling - 7 Yes -
Football 119 - - -
Golf 14 13 - Yes
Soccer - 24 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 - Yes
Tennis - 8 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 17.5%
Hispanic 16.8%
Non-resident alien 2.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.2%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 58.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 29
Liquor Law Violation 21
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 7

Notable Alumni

  • Richard Linklater (attended), Film director and screenwriter, known for "Bad News Bears," "Before Sunrise," "Dazed and Confused," "Fast Food Nation," and "School of Rock"
  • Dan Rather [Class of 53], Newscaster
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Misti from Rowlett, TX
  • 2
  • in my experience, the dorm life is unappealing. many of the dorms are too small and too old. in one of the nicer dorms, students were noisy and running around…

  • Jan-22-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Steven from Pasadena, TX
  • Jan-10-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Great foods and many gardens or fountains to sit down at and eat in the fresh air.

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  • 1
  • Student
  • Jan-03-2015 I am a current student here

    I don't use my meal plan so if you can get out of it do it because I won't eat the food at the dining hall and you can guess why. I do use my bearkat bucks at the chick fil a though.

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  • 4
  • Vanessa from Dallas, TX
  • Dec-20-2014 I am a current student here

    Our dining facility is big and very nice. It's always clean and has many different options to choose from every day. Some days the food may not be all that great and it doesn't have enough protein for vegetarians but we still have a lot o choices. There is a salad bar, cereal and waffle bar, four different food choices, and of course the dessert. The dessert is always really good.

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  • 4
  • Current SHSU student
  • Nov-12-2014 I am a current student here

    Overall the food in the dining hall is not bad. It is a buffet style hall so there is something for everyone to eat. There are other eateries around campus including Moe's, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut.

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  • 3
  • Shelby from Woodway, TX
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Lots of options for food. Old main is either hit or miss. All freshman are required to have a food plan. My advise get a limited plan that has the most bearkat bucks to spend at other food places on campus.

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  • 4
  • David from Austin, TX
  • Aug-07-2014 I am a current student here

    There are always places to eat but some of the food, especially in Old Main Market, is not very good.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Apr-12-2014 I am a current student here

    On campus they have a dining area known as Old Main, it is a bit pricey if you do not have a meal ticket or bearkat bucks to get the food, I have never eaten at Old Main but the food does look good, and I know a number of people who do enjoy eating their meals here. Other options on campus is in the lower part of the LSC building where they have Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Quiznos, Burger King, and then upstairs is Einstein Bro's. Then Over at South Paw they have a subway, starbucks, and burger place. Also the library contains a Starbucks.

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  • 4
  • Haylee from Crosby, TX
  • Apr-07-2014 I am a current student here

    We have a full buffet which you can either by meal plans or just pay for it at the register. The food is descent and gives you many options to choose from. They will cook special food for students with allergies and such.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Vanessa from Dallas, TX
  • Dec-20-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty crazy but its lots of fun and worth it. You make life-long bonds an find many opportunities.

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  • 0
  • Current SHSU student
  • Nov-12-2014 I am a current student here

    Five out of the nine divine historically black sororities and fraternities are recognized on campus. There are over 20 Greek organizations overall.

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  • 0
  • Houston, TX
  • Dec-17-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is a huge part of the Sam Houston, not only are they about tradition and having a good time, but they play big roles in the Sam Houston and Huntsville communities by volunteering and helping them to become a better place.

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  • 0
  • Lindsey from New Waverly, TX
  • Nov-25-2013 I am a current student here

    I am a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi and joining has been the best decision I have made being in college! You meet so many people who will help you along the way to your career and you get to experience some great community service opportunities.

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  • 0
  • Christen from Cypress, TX
  • Sep-27-2013 I am a current student here

    I'm not apart of it, but I walk through sorority hill every day on my way to class. Everyone is active and they always look like they're having a lot of fun.

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  • 0
  • Amanda from Midlothian, TX
  • Jul-10-2013 I am a current student here

    There are all kinds of sororities and fraternities. There are even ones in the School of Music and other random places that you wouldn't expect.

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