For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” echoes across SHSU’s five colleges and beyond campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.

Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students’ success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields.

Academic Offerings
SHSU is a selective institution that offers 79 bachelor's degree programs, 54 master’s programs and five doctoral programs, including nationally recognized programs in Business, Fine Arts, Education, Mathematics and Criminal Justice. SHSU is classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

The SHSU Community
This is a university that thinks big but feels small. With a student population of approximately 17,000, SHSU prides itself with creating a close community. Current students and alumni alike attest to the warm, supportive environment found all over the SHSU campus. Faculty members are more than professors—they are mentors, advisors, informal tutors and personal links to great career connections.

SHSU Facts
•A 272-acre main campus in Huntsville, Texas, that features more than $250 million in new and renovated facilities
•Distinctive programs, such as the only accredited bachelor’s degree program in the U.S. for Banking and Financial Institutions, as well as the state’s only degree in PGA Golf Management
•Faculty members who make themselves available not only as student mentors, but also as experts in their fields to assist the working media with stories of interest and importance to the public
•One of The Princeton Review’s and PC Magazine’s “Most Wired” colleges in the nation for its use of high technology and its accessibility to information
•Ranking 10th among America’s “safest colleges” according to the Daily Beast, a New York-based news Web site
•Princeton Review: “Best in the West”
•U.S. News & World Report: “Growing Fast, Staying Friendly”
•USA Today: Top 50 in the US for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness on campus”

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