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Acceptance vs. Enrollment: What's the Difference?

Acceptance means that the SHSU Admissions Office has reviewed your application and that you have received a formal letter of acceptance.

Enrollment means that as an accepted SHSU Online student, you have taken the necessary steps in order to begin class.

Enrollment Checklists

To make the enrollment process as easy as possible, click on the printable checklist link below that best describes the kind of student you'll be with SHSU Online. It will take you step by step through enrollment, with helpful links for answers to any questions you might have along the way.

Attend Orientation

Undergraduate Students

If you are new to SHSU and want to attend the SHSU Freshman Orientation Event at the main SHSU campus in Huntsville... we will see you there! The SHSU Online team will be hosting several orientation sessions throughout the orientation event.

In addition, online orientations are available for online undergraduate students who cannot attend an orientation at the SHSU campus. If you are an undergraduate student who wishes to view the online orientation, please submit an email to Jesse Bernal at jessebernal@shsu.edu and request the online orientation.

Graduate Students

If you are new to SHSU, online orientations are available for online students who cannot attend an orientation at the SHSU campus. Visit the online orientation for new graduate students.

Getting Started in Class

Technical Requirements

Prior to beginning your first day of online classes, it is important to make sure that you understand the technical requirements. Please contact the SHSU Online Support Desk with any questions you may have about technical requirements.

If you are new to Blackboard, take a minute to work through the "Getting Started" section of Blackboard. To do this, login to http://shsu.blackboard.com and click the "Getting Started" tab in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

Where to Find Your Classes: Blackboard

While you may login to Blackboard prior to the start of the semester, your online classes will not be listed until the first day of class. To login to Blackboard use your SHSU user name and password: http://shsu.blackboard.com

Knowing Your Resources

Review the information located on our Current Online Students page in order to make full use of the wide variety of services and tools available to you as an SHSU Online student. This includes academic resources, career resources, financial support and our dedicated SHSU Online Support Desk.