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Stephen F. Austin State University
SFASU is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work,...

Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches, Texas

SFASU is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, and service. 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
10,899 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
37% male — 63% female
2% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
554 full-time faculty
136 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

43% of students living on campus. Other information pertaining to housing.

School Location

Within driving distance of the beach, the Dallas area, and Louisiana, SFASU students have numerous activities to choose from on and off campus.

Retention Fall 2015

71% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

41% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 16%
Black or African American 20%
White 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division I-AA with 10 varsity sports for both men and women including baseball, basketball, bowling, and football.  Mascot: Lumberjack  Colors: White and Purple

Academic Programs

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, Interior Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Fashion Merchandising, Finance, Hospitality Management, International Business, Marketing, Journalism, Radio and Television, Computer and Information Sciences, Information Technology, Creative Writing, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, French, Spanish, Audiology, Allied Health, Nursing, Rehabilitation, History, Criminal Justice, Legal Assistant, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Statistics, Gerontology, Environmental Science, Parks and Recreation, Philosophy, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Art, Music, Dance, Drama

SFA 101

SFA 101 is an introductory course designed to transition first year students into college-level academics. While the course is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Many incoming freshman do not realize how different college is than high school, and this can leave many feeling underprepared or overwhelmed. SFA 101 is perfect for easing students into their new academic standards. The course is capped at 25 students per class, which allows for a more intimate, discussion-based learning environment. Some of the topics covered in SFA 101 include: career planning, study skills, and time management.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is considered one of the most rewarding experiences of an undergraduate career. Students that go abroad gain incredibly valuable skills in cross cultural communication and global engagement. Many also gain a greater sense of independence and educational responsibility. SFA offers access to three different abroad programs: faculty-led, exchange, and provider programs.

Faculty-Led: Faculty-led programs last anywhere from 2-4 weeks and involve a SFU faculty member leading an international excursion. Students that choose this option do receive academic credit for their experience abroad. In general, faculty-led programs are more manageable because they involve less commitment and include more support.

Exchange: In an exchange agreement, SFA students study abroad a partner university abroad and are considered international students.

Provider Programs: Provider programs are abroad options offered through another university. Programs vary in length, with some lasting an entire year. Students gain full academic credit for their experience. In general, this option is best suited for students that are more independent and have advanced language skills.

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) is an introductory program that welcomes new students to university life. The transition from high school into college can be difficult for students, with many needing a little extra time to get used to the campus community and new academic standards. The FYE aims to ease this transition period by providing students with the necessary resources to succeed.

The Honors Program

The Honors Program was created to meet the needs and further challenge academically gifted students. Individuals enrolled in the Honors Program have the benefit of small classes that promote advanced skills in critical thinking, problem solving, writing, communication, and higher level conceptualization. Honors students also take a series of interdisciplinary courses that explore topics from multiple viewpoints. This type of learning is considered advanced, but is very appropriate for the program and its members. Honors students profit from close interaction with faculty, association with other highly-motivated students, and access to valuable resources. For qualifying students, the Honors Program is an advantageous track full of opportunity.

Residential Learning Communities

RLCs provide the unique opportunity for students to live and learn among peers with similar goals and interests. Participation in an RLC has incredible benefits that ultimately enhance the educational experience. RLC members typically perform better in school because they are provided with an environment that has a concentrated focus on academic and personal growth. Students in an RLC also benefit from close interaction with faculty, built in academic support, access to extra-curricular activities, and discussion groups. SFA currently has RLC options for both first years and upperclassmen. Below are the options, listed by year:

First Year RLCs’: There are four Residential Learning Communities for first year students:

  1. Freshman Leadership Academy: This RLC option gives interested students the opportunity to practice their leadership skills through coursework and service initiatives.
  2. First Year Honors: The Honors RLC is an extension of the Honors Program, and is therefore only open to enrolled students. The program involves extracurricular activities and events that enhance the Honors experience.
  3. STEM: The STEM community is designed to meet the needs of STEM students, or those majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. The community provides support to students and explores careers related to the STEM fields.
  4. Natural Resource Management: This RLC uses specific programming and service learning opportunities to explore natural resource management.


Upper Class RLC’s: There are seven Residential Learning Communities for upper class students:

  1. Community Service: Students passionate about volunteerism and service are highly encouraged to join the Community Service RLC. Members of this community are given numerous opportunities to give back to the community and explore what it means to improve the lives of others.
  2. Honors Chemistry: The Honors Chemistry RLC is designed for non-science majors and is as exploration of how chemistry affects our lives.
  3. International: The International RLC connects students to peers from around the world. Through various activities and specialized programming, members learn about other cultures and practices.
  4. Outdoor Experiences: In Outdoor Experiences, students are given plenty of opportunities to engage in outdoor activities and team-building exercises.
  5. Pre-Nursing: Through focused interaction and collaboration with faculty and upperclassmen, pre-nursing students learn about what it truly takes to become a nurse and what the career demands.
  6. ROTC: The ROTC RLC is for students that want to enhance their military experience.
  7. Upper Class Honors: The Upper Class Honors RLC is only open to Honors students and is an extension of the academic program.

Career Services

Career Services is the number one resource for all things, school, internship, and career related. Students are faced with many challenging questions during college: What will they major in? Where and how will they secure an internship? What is the true trajectory of the career they have chosen? Career Services has trained career coaches to guide students through these and many other tough questions. Sometimes, all a student needs is a guiding hand to see all the possibilities and even answers. Some of the services offered include: resume assistance, internship and job search, interview assistance, and workshops.


Admissions Fall 2015

11,382 Total Applicants 
7,008 Total Admissions 
2,282 Total Freshman Enrollment

61.57% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 550
SAT Math 450 550
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $5,652 $15,012
Fees $1,908 $1,908
Total $7,560 $16,920
Room and Board (on campus) $8,868 $8,868
Estimated Total On Campus $16,428 $25,788 


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

84% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
59% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$8,960 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,848 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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