Stephen F. Austin State University's students, alumni, faculty and staff form unique partnerships with Nacogdoches and the surrounding area.
SFA’s high-quality academic programs are a mainstay as steadfast as the towering pines on its beautiful campus. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and has been recognized as a 2021-22 College of Distinction. The university meets the changing needs of almost 12,000 students and is credited with one of the top time-to-degree rates in Texas.
Poised to be the model of the new American university — one that is nimble, entrepreneurial, student-focused and comprehensive — SFA pioneers innovation in both course delivery and program options. SFA offers more than 120 undergraduate areas of study, 40 master’s degrees, and doctoral programs in education, forestry and school psychology, as well as 32 fully online degree programs. A wide variety of research options for undergraduate and graduate students include structured and creative projects and faculty-led research opportunities.
An aviation sciences initiative took flight at SFA in 2021, allowing the first class of “Flying Jacks” to take to the air in state-of-the-art planes with advanced equipment, including Federal Aviation Administration-approved full-motion and fixed-flight simulators. Program graduates will be qualified to become commercial pilots and prepared to serve as private pilots or in management positions with airlines, airports and private companies.
East Texas residents enjoy year-round access to SFA’s exciting athletic events, fine arts performances and guest speaker lectures. Students participate in various community service outreach projects like The Big Event, giving them the chance to partner with Nacogdoches neighbors and organizations. The SFA Alumni Association stays connected with more than 116,000 alumni and friends through reunion and anniversary programs.
SFA continues to embody the spirit of Texas, celebrating traditions while helping students reach their potential in a changing world.