Huntsville, TX
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is everywhere on the campus. And everyone is very accepting there.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Sam Houston is great with its diversity. Everyone will find a place to fit in.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is their own person and everyone is very excepting of how people act, dress and express themselves.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: All of these subjects are pretty average on the campus and pretty accepting of all.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people do not express their views at first site, but I would say most people are accepting of any culture or political belief.


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Roberautrice Eddie
Hanau, Germany
Broadcast Journalism
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Diversity is very visible at Sam Houston State. Everyone generally gets along, regardless of their gender, sexuality, race, religion, or economical status. There are many students from all different backgrounds—economic, ethnic, sexual, and political—and these diverse groups are all well represented on campus through honor societies, fraternities, sororities, and other student organizations. Because there are so many different groups of people immersed in this diversity, most people accept these differences and learn from one another.

While Christianity tends to be the predominant religious affiliation among the students at SHSU, people from different religious backgrounds are accepted and embraced. There isn’t a high LGBT population at SHSU, but those who do lead alternative lifestyles are accepted as just another Bearkat. Politically speaking, the majority of the student population is either moderate or conservative, with liberal views seen as the minority. Overall, SHSU is a melting pot of people from all kinds of diverse backgrounds, but everyone is accepting of each other’s beliefs and embraces their fellow students of SHSU.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 23%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 2%
Native American: 1%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus attitude toward the LGBT community is generally accepting. Since there is so much diversity on campus in general, students adapt to one another, whether they have different perspectives or not. One of the predominant LGBT organizations is Stonewall Kats, whose goal is acceptance of diversity within all people. Stonewall Kats stays active and meets every week in the fall and spring semesters.
Political Activity
There are a few political groups active at SHSU, but they aren't as prominent as the other organizations on campus. Because SHSU is in Huntsville, a small, "old-school" city in Texas, the majority of students leans to the right. Some of the political groups at SHSU include the American Democracy Project, Bearkat Democrats, and College Republicans.
Economic Status
There are students of all economic statuses. Many SHSU students receive scholarships, both need- and merit-based.
Most Common Religions
The most predominant religion at SHSU is Christianity. There aren't many other visible religious affiliations at SHSU. The religious diversity comes from the different denominations within Christianity. The Baptist Student Ministry, Chi Alpha Christian, Church of Christ, and the Episcopal Student Center are student groups at SHSU.
Minority Clubs on Campus
SHSU offers a number of multicultural clubs and organizations, ranging from Students on a Quest for Unity and Diversity (SQUAD) to the International Hispanic Association to the campus NAACP. These groups are usually out by the mall area in front of the student center promoting their views and spreading their messages. Since these groups are active on campus, students of all different backgrounds and ethnic groups are given the opportunity to socialize with and learn about all different types of people.
Did You Know?
SHSU's Office of Multicultural and International Student Services (M.I.S.S.) provides support and enhances the SHSU college experience for all students, with particular attention given to underrepresented students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 102 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 101 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 29% Not sure
  • 14% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 101 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 102 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 103 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 66% Very accepting.



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