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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Pretty standard in terms of diversity

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I haven't heard of anyone being discriminated against.

College Sophomore

Diversity: Again, different groups of people

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The young on campus is rather open, but the locals I've met are not as much.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sam Houston has one of the most diverse campuses in Texas


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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 24 responses

  • 96% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 4% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 106 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 22% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 104 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 13% Liberal
  • 37% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 111 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 110 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 24 responses

  • 79% No
  • 4% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 12% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 4% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 24 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 25% Democratic
  • 21% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 38% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 74% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 17% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 9% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 38% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 17% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 4% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 23 responses

  • 13% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 39% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 30% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 17% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 106 responses

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



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