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Named for Sam Houston, Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its 22,000 students and echoes across eight colleges and beyond its Huntsville roots.

With more than 90 bachelor's degree programs, more than 60 master’s degree programs, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science—SHSU offers an exceptional college experience and continually strives to meet the needs of contemporary students. Students can earn degrees at three locations: Huntsville; The Woodlands Center; and the College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as through SHSU Online.

The SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is the university’s eighth college and only the third college of osteopathic medicine in Texas. Its mission is to develop osteopathic physicians, grounded in osteopathic principles, who will serve the healthcare needs of rural and underserved Texans.

Small class sizes, a student/faculty ratio of 24:1, and classes taught by full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty create an engaging learning experience for students.

Competitive tuition rates combined with personal attention, exceptional faculty, and outstanding academic programs make Sam Houston State University a great name in Texas education and one of the best educational values in Texas.


Classified as Community Engaged University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

45 percent of students are first generation.

Student Money Management Center ranked among the 50 best financial literacy programs for the fourth consecutive year by LendEDU.

No. 1 by for Best Online Colleges & Schools in Texas (2020)

No. 8 in Best Affordable Colleges in Texas (2020)

One of the top 15 public universities nationwide for helping students stay on track and graduate, according to the Southern Regional Education Board.


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Alisa White, Ph.D.


Quick Facts

Founded: 1879
Enrollment: 21,404
Degrees: 83 undergraduate, 63 master's, and 11 doctoral degree programs
Mascot: Bearkats


1806 Avenue J
Huntsville, TX 77341
(936) 294-1013