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Stephen F. Austin State University

  • Nacogdoches, TX
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 63%37%
    student ratio
  • 11,006
    total students
  • $6,240 | $16,860
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 56%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 505
    sat math
  • 491
    sat reading
  • 472
    sat writing
  • 21
    act composite

Overview

As a Mid-sized University, Stephen F. Austin State Blends Opportunity with Community

Stephen F. Austin State University is a four-year public university located in the heart of scenic Texas Forest Country. SFA's moderate size of almost 13,000 students allows it to offer all the amenities and academic opportunities of a larger university while providing the personal attention one might find at a small private college.

With a low student-to-faculty ratio of 20-to-1 and average class size of 29, students are able to receive hands-on attention from distinguished faculty members who act as mentors. The SFA community is dedicated to making its students feel they are valued individuals, not numbers. As students walk the azalea-lined paths to class, they are likely to pass friends and professors, underscoring the school's family friendly atmosphere.

The Scenic SFA Campus is Located in the Oldest Town in Texas, Giving It Unique Texan Charm

Tucked among the towering pine trees and lush, flowering landscapes of East Texas, SFA's beautiful campus is one of its primary distinctions. The campus is located in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, which possesses a rich history and charm that is uniquely representative of the region. With numerous annual events and festivals, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this welcoming community and feel right at home.

For example, students can try their skills at disc golf at Pecan Park, fish at Lake Nacogdoches, and cool off at Tonkawa Springs, a spring-fed lagoon equipped with a rope swing, barbecue pits and sand volleyball courts. Another popular destination is historic downtown Nacogdoches, filled with unique shopping and dining options. Additionally, the campus is just a few hours drive from Houston and Dallas, giving students easy access to the amenities presented by these major metro areas. As SFA likes to say, "We are close to home, but not too close."

SFA Awards Academic Excellence while Striving to Make Higher Education Affordable for Everyone

Incoming freshmen who meet eligibility requirements automatically receive a $3,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship award, which is renewable for an additional three years for qualifying students.

SFA also offers the Purple Promise Program, which guarantees the full cost of tuition and regular fees for up to four years to any new, incoming freshman whose family income is $30,000 or less and meet eligibility requirements.

SFA Students Can Take Advantage of State-of-the-Art Facilities and Residence Halls

As the SFA campus continues to grow through recent, state-of-the-art construction projects, the university upholds its commitment to providing exceptional facilities for students. The $30.8 million Early Childhood Research Center opened in July 2009, and a School of Nursing facility opened in January 2010. Additionally, SFA's historic Chemistry Building received $7 million in renovations and upgrades. Since 2006, the campus has received more than $217 million in renovations and improvements.

Incoming freshmen now have even more choices when it comes to on-campus housing. The four-story freshman residence hall, Lumberjack Landing, features a 5,000-square-foot Student Success Center, where students have access to computers, tutors, and other academic support services. Living on campus offers a way to bond and build lifelong friendships while taking advantage of the conveniences found on campus, such as the food court and movie theatre in the Baker Pattillo Student Center and the climbing wall and lazy river at the Student Recreation Center.

Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom Provide Students with Valuable, Real-World Experience

Students at SFA have many opportunities to gain knowledge outside the classroom by participating in study abroad programs. Past ventures include studying Irish theatre in London and Dublin, jaguar conservation in Argentina, and international business in China, just to name a few. These opportunities allow students to enrich their education by gaining firsthand knowledge of other cultures and hands-on experience in their fields of study.

SFA's Unique First-Year Initiative Helps Freshmen Bond with Each Other and Adjust to College Life

Stephen F. Austin State University has a unique first-year program known as SFA:101. This program is a freshman success initiative focused on educating new students on the ins and outs of college life and the long-standing traditions at SFA. The university has found evidence to indicate that proactively integrating first-year students into college life helps raise GPA and retention rates. SFA:101 was designed in response to this information.

The optional one-hour credit course focuses on subjects such as time management and study skills and gives insight to all the useful resources SFA provides. By encouraging its first-year students to participate in this program, SFA demonstrates a commitment to student success and a willingness to help first-year students adjust to the excitements and challenges of the college experience.

A Diverse Selection of Programs of Study Makes SFA a Good Alternative to Large Universities

SFA offers approximately 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 120 areas of study, including pre-professional and teacher certification programs. The five most popular areas of undergraduate study are interdisciplinary studies (teacher education), kinesiology, nursing, general business, and child development and family living. Other popular majors include psychology, art, health science, music and marketing.. Additionally, SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is one of the largest and most respected colleges of forestry and agriculture in the nation.

No matter what field of study a student chooses to pursue, SFA's Academic Assistance and Resource Center offers free tutoring by fellow students to help ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed academically.


Location & Contact

1936 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
USA

Mr.Kevin Davis

Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 936-468-2504
Fax: 936-468-3849
Email: admissions@sfasu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agribusiness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Agricultural Mechanization
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Agricultural Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Agriculture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Animal Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Horticultural Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Poultry Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Interior Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion Merchandising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Products Marketing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Audiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rehabilitation Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Corrections
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sustainability Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forest/Forest Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forestry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

56% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied11,383
    • Accepted6,474
    • Acceptance Rate56%
    • Enrolled11,006
    • Female Applicants7,397
    • Females Accepted4,311
    • Female Acceptance Rate58%
    • Male Applicants3,986
    • Males Accepted2,163
    • Male Acceptance Rate54%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 491 430 540
    • SAT Math 505 460 550
    • SAT Writing 472 420 520
    • ACT Composite 21 19 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,240
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,860
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$2,172.00
    • Room and board *$8,609.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students11,006
    • Male Student Percentage37%
    • Female Student Percentage63%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino13.76%
    • Black or African American21.86%
    • White or Caucasian57.23%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.51%
    • Asian.09%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.05%
    • Two or more races2.31%
    • Unknown2.55%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.75% representing 32 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students1.5% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 45%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Residence Hall Association, Baptist Student Ministries, Greek Life, Student Activities Association, Student Government Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling No No No
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes Division B Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division C No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division C No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling No Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugy No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty675
    • Full-time Percentage75%
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio19:1 or 10,690 students to 563 faculty

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