Athletics

Location
Huntsville, TX
Undergrads
12,968
Tuition (in-state)
$15,032 ($6,608)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: So many people show school spirit. Almost every one I know at SHSU has something that shows they are proud to go there. The football games are normally always sold out.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football players are soooo cute.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone is proud to be a Bearkat!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletes are very motivates and active. They're very proud of what they do, and take it seriously. We have a club called cheer to cheer on our athletes in time of need. Our basketball team is currently now in the playoffs and we're supporting them one hundred percent.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facility is used for many events that are run by both athletes and non-athletes as well.

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  • 18th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 155th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hometown
Hanau, Germany
Major
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
2013
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Over the last couple of years, Sam Houston State has made great strides in improving its teams and becoming more prominent on the athletic front. Sports at SHSU are well respected, but students don’t keep as up-to-date with the varsity teams as they could. There is a lot of school spirit, and the student body has a passion for the school’s sports, but the attendance at sporting events is way too low. At a University with close to 17,000 students, a meager 3,000 isn’t nearly enough support in the stands for the Bearkats. Club and intramural sports have a big following at SHSU. Many students are involved in intramural sports on campus, and they are a popular way for everyone to interact and make friends. The club sports offered here range from lacrosse to rugby to baseball. Overall, the athletics facilities are up-to-date and nice.

The Don Sanders Baseball Stadium and Bearkat Softball Complex are both relatively new. Bowers Stadium, the football field, is a bit small, but still has modern adaptations. Johnson Coliseum, where the basketball and volleyball teams play, has poor lighting and is a bit dated, but it’s a good sports venue nonetheless. There are numerous intramural fields, all of which are very nice and easily accommodate the vast number of students participating in intramural sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southland Conference
Basketball: Southland Conference
School Colors
Orange, white, and blue
School Nickname
Bearkats
Men Playing Varsity Sports
236 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
148 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 87
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 34
Cross Country/Track: 59
Other Sports: 82
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 60%
Basketball: 25%
Baseball: 80%
Cross Country/Track: 64%
Other Sports: 44%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bass fishing
  • Bowling
  • Inline hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Trap and skeet
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bearkat Softball Complex
  • Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
  • Don Sanders Stadium
  • Elliott T. Bowers Stadium
  • Intramural fields
  • Joseph Pritchett Field
  • Kelly and Ina May McAdams Tennis Center
  • Meredith and Miriam York Track & Field Complex
  • Ron Randleman Strength and Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball and football are the most popular sports at SHSU. The football program has its fans, but basketball is no. 1 at Sam Houston. The basketball team has played extremely well the past few years, so the student following is very high right now. The games are an exciting and entertaining getaway from schoolwork.
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball and women's soccer are the most overlooked.
School Spirit
School spirit at SHSU is split 50/50. It seems like students who see SHSU as a "suitcase" college don't have much school spirit, while alumni have more school spirit. Students prepare for big games by barbecuing and tailgating. Friday is Orange Day, where students wear orange shirts to show school spirit. The Kat Krazies are the University's most spirited students—they get fully clothed and/or painted, in orange, blue, and white to show their spirit and attend just about every sporting event throughout the year.
Getting Tickets
SHSU students can get into all home sporting events for free by presenting their Bearkat OneCard. Non-students can purchase tickets online or at ticket booths at the game. Tickets aren't usually pricey, usually about $15.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Because Huntsville is such a small town, a common means of transportation is walking. There is also a walking path on campus. Other places to walk include the Sam Houston Memorial Park and the Health & Kinesiology Center.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 35% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 56% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 8% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 107 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 15% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 38% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 46% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 106 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 71% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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