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 nine decades later, more than 120,000 Lumberjacks have received degrees from the university. The university offers 78 undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degrees, three doctoral programs and more than 120 areas of study taught by an outstanding faculty.
A $46.4 million STEM facility scheduled to open in Fall 2018 will house SFA’s Department of Computer Science; the Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy; a new SFA planetarium with a 52-foot dome; and a cyber-security laboratory — areas that allow students to collaborate and create prototypes or 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 29 major 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 expand on the natural beauty of the campus, the university continues to expand its 68 acres of nationally recognized gardens. The SFA Gardens feature 10,000 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 a classroom and restrooms for the 12,000 area students who annually visit SFA to take part in environmental education 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 called the BIG Event as a way to promote campus/community unity and to show gratitude to local residents for supporting SFA.
More than 104,000 alumni stay connected with the university through the SFA Alumni Association. This non-profit organization serves alumni, friends and current students of SFA through year-round programs, scholarships and activities. SFA also reaches out to the Nacogdoches community by encouraging residents to enjoy SFA’s year-round athletic events, fine arts performances and lectures.
A typical class size of 25 students and the SFA student-to-faculty-ratio of 18:1 ensure hands-on, active learning led by an accomplished faculty eager to share real-world experience. Approximately 90 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.