Stephen F. Austin State University combines top-quality academic breadth and superb value with personal attention, engaging programs and a beautiful campus.
SFA held its first classes in 1923, and 95 years later, SFA marked record enrollment with the fall 2018 class, welcoming more than 13,100 students. SFA offers approximately 78 undergraduate degrees, 40 master’s degrees, three doctoral programs and more than 120 areas of study taught by an outstanding faculty.
The $46.4 million Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building opened in fall 2018. This facility serves as a classroom and research lab for several departments within SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics. It houses a 52-foot dome planetarium, a cyber security laboratory and a terrace with telescopes. Makerspace areas allow students to investigate, collaborate and create prototypes and other manufactured works. This facility further solidifies SFA’s commitment to meet a critical need in Texas and the nation to prepare more college graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
SFA’s campus encompasses 422 acres and 30 academic buildings. Off-campus, SFA maintains working classrooms at a farm for beef, poultry, equine and swine production, conducts research at an experimental forest and hosts exhibits at a world-class art gallery in downtown Nacogdoches.
To capitalize and magnify the natural beauty of the campus, the university continues to expand its 68 acres of nationally recognized gardens. The SFA Gardens feature 7,500 native and adapted plant species, and miles of walking, biking and hiking trails.
The solar-powered Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center provides facilities for more than 10,000 people who annually visit the university’s campus for environmental, educational and other programs.
SFA’s focus on continual improvements extends beyond campus. Each year, student volunteers partner with residents and area organizations in a day of community service. The Big Event promotes campus and community unity and shows gratitude to local residents for their support of SFA.
The SFA Alumni Association works to stay connected with its more than 105,000 alumni. This non-profit organization serves alumni, friends and current SFA students through year-round programs, scholarships and activities. SFA also reaches out to the Nacogdoches community by encouraging residents to enjoy SFA’s exciting athletic events, fine arts performances and lectures.
SFA’s typical class size of 25 students and the student-to-faculty-ratio of 18:1 ensure hands-on, active learning led by an accomplished faculty eager to share real-world experiences. Approximately 90 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.