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Become A Student

Taking the first step to becoming a student is easier than you might think, especially with us to guide you. And once you are a student earning a degree through SHSU Online, you will have the benefits and resources of an established university at your fingertips.

We’re Your Advocate and Support

We understand that an online student needs a different kind of support than one who attends classes on campus. SHSU Online is the department within SHSU tasked to work with our professors and colleges to create engaging and effective online courses, and to support students who have enrolled in those courses. SHSU Online's mission is to help online students reach their educational goals by offering a variety of affordable online courses.

As part of that mission, SHSU Online maintains a dedicated support desk should you need technical assistance. We also simplify accessing university resources by providing direct links to them through the current students section of the SHSU Online Campus.

The Flexibility of Online, the Support of a University

As an SHSU Online student, you have access to the benefits and resources of an established university— something not every school can offer! Sam Houston State University students are part of the Bearkat family and your success matters to us, both during your time with us and after you graduate. Whether you have career questions or need help with research for your coursework, SHSU is here to help you. Some programs are even set up with the specific needs of an online student in mind— such as The Newton Gresham Library's Distance Learning program!

Among the resources available to you as a student:

  • Career Services
  • Library Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Legal & Mediation Services
  • Academic Advising
  • Student Organizations
  • Student Money Management Center
  • Alumni Organizations
  • And more!

Bearkat OneCard

The Bearkat OneCard is the official ID of Sam Houston State University. The Bearkat OneCard signifies your status as an active member of the Sam Houston State University community, serving as your official student identification card and the way you receive financial aid refunds as an online student.

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