Stephen F. Austin State University

Stephen F. Austin State University combines top-quality academics and superb value with personal attention, engaging programs and a beautiful campus.

SFA first opened in 1923 with just a few hundred students. Nine decades later, more than 120,000 degrees have been awarded by the university. 

The university offers 83 undergraduate degrees, 40 master’s degrees, three doctoral programs and more than 120 areas of study taught by an outstanding faculty. Students pursuing a degree in one of SFA’s newest majors – engineering physics – will soon find a home in SFA’s newest building, the Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building. Amenities in the $46.4 million facility will include a planetarium with a 52-foot dome, a cyber-security laboratory, research laboratories, maker spaces, a machine shop, collaborative classrooms and a terrace equipped with telescopes. 

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. Nearly 80 percent of SFA instructional faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. 

SFA’s campus encompasses more than 419 acres and 29 major academic buildings. Off-campus, SFA students work in classrooms and conduct research at farms for beef, poultry and swine production, and forestry students conduct research at the SFA experimental forest. In addition to a world-class art gallery in downtown Nacogdoches, the DeWitt School of Nursing facility includes a 9,000-square-foot simulation laboratory with a 10-bed medical surgical area, a labor and delivery area, nursery and neonatal area, and emergency room. 

To capitalize and expand on the natural beauty of the campus, the university continues to improve its 68 acres of nationally recognized gardens. SFA Gardens feature more than 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 is surrounded by low-maintenance native plants and provides a classroom for approximately 13,000 area students who take part in environmental education programs throughout the year.

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. With more than 104,000 alumni, the SFA Alumni Association offers year-round programs, scholarships and activities and also reaches out to the Nacogdoches community, encouraging residents to enjoy SFA’s year-round athletic events, fine arts performances and lectures.


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