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Your Military-Friendly Education

Sam Houston was born into a military family and became a legend through his heroic service to our country. With that passion in mind, Sam Houston State University wants to serve your needs as a student. Our motto is "The measure of a Life is its Service," and as far as we’re concerned, your service to our country makes you a national treasure.

Sam Houston State University is a member of Service Members Opportunity Colleges Consortium and offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed entirely online.

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US News and World Report Second Best Ranking Badge for Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans

Accredited and Experienced

Sam Houston State University has a proud, 130-year-old tradition of excellence in higher education. Whether you earn your degree on campus or online, you receive the same accredited degree as any of our other students.

Learn more about our university and program accreditations

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Helping Our Military Students

We pride ourselves in serving our military and are honored to be a 2015 Military Friendly School. Here are a few examples of what make Sam Houston State University military friendly.

  • Several of Sam Houston State University’s online programs performed very well in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans.
  • We offer financial aid and tuition assistance to new student veterans, returning veterans, transferring veterans, Chapter 31 veterans, Hazlewood veterans, and dependents.
  • SHSU’s Veterans Resource Center, an office composed entirely of passionate veterans, is a one-stop shop for those seeking to use government and state benefits to help pay for their education.
  • SHSU is one of the few campuses in Texas to process all VA educational benefits and Hazlewood waivers in-house.
  • SHSU is one of four campuses in the state to employ a Department of Veterans Affairs counselor, an employee able to directly answer any questions or solve any problems regarding VA benefits.
  • The VRC personally evaluates all military transcripts, allowing candidates to acquire the maximum value of their transfer credits.
  • Servicemen, servicewomen, and dependents who obtain benefits receive priority registration.
  • Students who accept benefits will be recognized with a set of cords to honor them at graduation.
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Military Friendly & More

SHSU Onine is proud to part of a university recognized by G.I. Jobs® as a Military Friendly School.

Check Out All of Our Awards & Recognitions

Awards and Rankings

  • College of Criminal Justice ranked in U.S. Top 5, Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, placing SHSU in the top 7% of all U.S. colleges and universities
  • Recognized by Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the West” universities
  • One of the “Most Wired” colleges in the nation, according to Princeton Review and PC Magazine
  • Wall Street Journal recognized SHSU-funded research with the “Innovative Technology” award
  • Undergraduate Math program ranked in U.S. Top 8, Mathematical Association of America
  • Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” USA Today