Stephen F. Austin State University's students, alumni, faculty and staff make a significant contribution to life in and beyond Nacogdoches County.
Celebrating a century of educational excellence, SFA has pioneered a comprehensive, student-focused curriculum that includes a range of in-demand course delivery and program options. The university is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of more than 11,000 students. SFA offers more than 120 undergraduate areas of study; 40 master’s degrees; 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.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA has twice been ranked a top public university in Texas by Niche and has been recognized for three years straight as a College of Distinction. Credited with one of the top time-to-degree rates in Texas, SFA boasts more students graduating sooner and more first-year students persisting in their studies. In 2022, the university achieved the highest six-year graduation rate in SFA’s history.
SFA’s Micky Elliott College of Fine Arts is growing at record rates with graduate and undergraduate enrollment on the rise and a state-of-the-art facility set to open this year. A recently launched aviation sciences program qualifies “Flying Jacks” to serve as commercial pilots, private pilots, or in management positions with airlines, airports and private companies. Students participate in various community service outreach projects like The Big Event and MLK Day of Service, giving them the chance to partner with Nacogdoches neighbors and organizations to give back to the community that strongly supports them.
Members of our community enjoy access to SFA’s high-quality academic programs and the beautiful campus. Outreach to area high schools has resulted in a spike in dual credit enrollment providing early college experience to students throughout Nacogdoches County. East Texas residents also enjoy year-round access to SFA’s exciting athletic events, fine arts performances and guest speaker lectures.
SFA’s legacy of leaders includes more than 116,000 alumni, and the university continues to embody the spirit of Texas, celebrating traditions while helping students reach their potential.