Sunday, October 10, 1999

Today@Sam: SHSU at 120

It was on October 10, 1879 that the Sam Houston Normal Institute opened its doors with rather humble beginnings - one classroom building, four faculty members and 110 students, all of whom were aiming to become teachers.

Today, exactly 120 years later, Sam Houston State University has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, faculty and staff in excess of 500 and a wide variety of degree programs including 91 for undergraduates, 76 graduate-level and three doctoral programs.

While it may have started with only a five-acre tract, SHSU now boasts of more than 200 buildings, including 36 residence halls, married housing and sorority housing units, on more than 1,200 acres.