Every introduction to Nacogdoches includes a primer on purple Fridays, axe throwing and a lesson about how Stephen F. Austin State University combines top-quality programs and spirited traditions with a beautiful campus at the heart of our community.
SFA welcomed almost 13,000 students and its ninth president, Dr. Scott Gordon, in the fall of 2019. SFA offers 82 undergraduate degrees, 41 master’s degrees, three doctoral programs and more than 120 areas of study taught by an outstanding faculty.
The Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building featured on this directory cover opened in fall 2018. This facility serves as a classroom and research lab for several departments within the College of Sciences and Mathematics. It houses a 52-foot dome planetarium, a cyber security laboratory and a terrace with telescopes. Makerspace areas allow college students and visiting K-12 school groups 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 421 acres and 30 academic buildings and a student-operated mobile food lab. 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 more than 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 guests of all ages who visit each year for environmental, educational and recreational programs. The center is a part of the SFA Gardens, which attract more than 10,000 guests each year.
SFA’s focus on continual improvements extends beyond campus. Outreach to the Nacogdoches community invites residents to enjoy SFA’s exciting athletic events, fine arts performances and lectures. Each year, student volunteers partner with residents and area organizations in The Big Event to show gratitude through community service. The SFA Alumni Association works to stay connected with more than 114,000 alumni and friends through year-round programs, scholarships and activities.
The university continues to thrive through academic research, community partnerships and human connections that deliver unending opportunities for growth and innovation.