Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University, located in Huntsville, Texas, serves one of the most diverse populations of any educational institution in the state. The university is committed to the development of its creative resources so that it can adapt to the changing educational needs of its constituency while maintaining the highest quality in the traditional curricula. The institution was created by the Texas Legislature in 1879 as Sam Houston Normal Institute to train teachers for the public schools of Texas. During the following four decades, instruction was offered in the natural sciences, agriculture, home economics, manual training, geography, sociology, and foreign languages. The baccalaureate degree was first awarded in 1919.

The next twenty years witnessed rapid and dramatic changes, including a name change to Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1923. Two years later, the college was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as an accredited institution of higher learning. The institution began to expand its programs, and a graduate degree was authorized in 1936, a development... [ Read All ]


United States

1028 21st Street
Phone: 963.294.1315
Fax: 936.294.1251

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Our Aims

Sam Houston State University is a multicultural institution whose mission is to provide excellence by continually improving quality education, scholarship, and service to its students and to appropriate regional, state, national, and international constituencies.  

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Location and Getting there

Sam Houston State University is located in a small city of 34,500 residents between Houston and Dallas. Although only 70 miles from downtown Houston, Huntsville is surrounded by forests, lakes and ranch lands. The Huntsville State Park is nearby.  

Department and information about the department

The goal of the SHSU Art Department is to build a diverse and contemporary program that will promote critical thinking, creative problem solving and aesthetic understanding in both the student body and the faculty. Through these goals we will produce a program that better meets the needs of our students in the 21st century.  

Academic Staff and Description  

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Student Facilities

University Facilities:
- On-campus hotel
- Preprofessional programs ranging from predental to preveterinary medicine
- Nationally ranked Army ROTC program
- Leading intercollegiate rodeo program/club sports including rugby, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, trap and skeet, outdoor adventure and more
- Student-operated cable television station and radio station and student-published newspaper
- Planetarium and observatory
- Beautiful 272-acre main campus
- Diverse recreational sports program open to students, faculty and staff with outdoor playing fields and pools, and indoor running track, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, and weight rooms
University is partner in new Raven Nest Golf Course
- Fully-staffed University Health Center
- 32 residence halls and apartments
- Every office, classroom and residence hall room is equipped with a high speed Internet connection  

Student Life

Sam Houston has over 115 organizations that range from Fraternities and Sororities, Professional Clubs, Special Interest Clubs, Heritage Clubs, and Hobby Clubs. Sam Houston also has a Student Government Association if you are interested in political matters.  


Sam Houston offers many choices when it comes to where to live on campus. Student housing offers different types of community living to meet your preference; whether its a large dormitory life, small house community, or apartment style, Sam Houston has what you are looking for.  

How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

The Sam Houston State University Visitor Center is the welcoming point of the university. Visitors are strongly encouraged to call or email to make an appointment for a campus tour just to make sure that we have a student available to give you a tour.

Our office hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed on national United States holidays.  

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