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Sam Houston State University
Seal of Sam Houston State University
Motto The measure of a Life is its Service
Established 1879
Type Public
Endowment $97.5 million
President Dana G. Hoyt
Provost Richard Eglsaer
Academic staff 598
Students 21,213
Location Huntsville, Texas, United States
30°42′50″N 95°32′50″W / 30.71389°N 95.54722°W / 30.71389; -95.54722Coordinates: 30°42′50″N 95°32′50″W / 30.71389°N 95.54722°W / 30.71389; -95.54722
Campus College town, 272 acres (110 ha)
Former names Sam Houston Normal Institute (1879–1923)
Sam Houston State Teachers College (1923–65)
Sam Houston State College (1965–69)
Colors Orange,White,Blue
Nickname Bearkats
Mascot Sammy Bearkat
Affiliations TSUS
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Sam Houston State University (colloquially known as SHSU or Sam) is a public university in Huntsville, Texas. It was founded in 1879 and is the third-oldest public college or university in Texas. It is one of the oldest purpose-built institutions for the instruction of teachers west of the Mississippi River and the first such institution in Texas. It is named for Sam Houston, who made his home in the city and is buried there.

SHSU is a member of the Texas State University System and has an enrollment of more than 20,000 students across over 80 undergraduate, 59 master's, and 10 doctoral degree programs. Its programs are ranked 230-301 by U.S. News & World Report. The university also offers more than 20 online bachelor's and graduate degrees. It was the first institution classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education within the Texas State University System.

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