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Stephen F. Austin State University


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.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, And First Professional
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciencesagribusiness; Agricultural Mechanization; Agricultural Production; Agriculture; Animal Sciences; Horticultural Science; Poultry Sciencearchitecture And Related Servicesinterior Architecturebiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiochemistry; Biology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Business/Commerce; Business/Managerial Economics; Fashion Merchandising; Finance; Hospitality Administration; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Marketing/Marketing Management; Special Products Marketingcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programscommunication; Mass Communication/Mediacomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Sciences; Information Technologyenglish Language And Literature/Letterscreative Writing; English; Rhetoric And Compositionfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Foods, Nutrition, And Wellness; Human Development And Family Studiesforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsforeign Languages And Literatureshealth Professions And Related Programsaudiology; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Rehabilitation Sciencehistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescorrections; Criminal Justice/Police Sciencemathematics And Statisticsmathematicsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesmulti/Interdisciplinary Studies Related; Sustainability Studiesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Science; Forest/Forest Resources Management; Forestry; Wildlife, Fish And Wildlands Science And Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophyphysical Scienceschemistry; Geology/Earth Science; Physicspsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionspublic Administration; Social Worksocial Scienceseconomics; Geographic Information Science And Cartography; Geography; Political Science And Government; Sociologyvisual And Performing Artsart; Art History, Criticism And Conservation; Dance; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Music


Admission: 11,463 applied; 6,374 admitted; 2,136 enrolled

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application
Application fee: $35
Required: high school transcript
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (out-of-state freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (out-of-state freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
11,298 Undergraduate Students, 63% Women, 37% Men, 9% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
24% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 0.9% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 13% Hispanic/Latino, 0.5% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.0% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
0.7% Representing 30 Other Countries
Housing Info
42% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required Through Sophomore Year
Coed, Men-Only, Women-Only, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio And Television Station, Choral Group, Marching Band, Residence Hall Association, Baptist Student Ministries, Greek Life, Student Activities Association, Student Government Association, National Fraternities, National Sororities
Most popular organizations
Residence Hall Association, Baptist Student Ministries, Greek Life, Student Activities Association, Student Government Association
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Legal Services
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (B)Unusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Professional Accountancyschool Calendar: Semesters


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division Iexcept:Football (Division I-AA)


Total: 673Full-Time: 74% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 20 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Tuition:state resident $6240 full-time, $208 per credit hour part-time; nonresident $16,860 full-time, $562 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and location
Required fees:$2172 full-time, $154 per credit hour part-time
Room and board:$8609. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:senior citizens and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2012,8,202 applied for aid, 7,001 were judged to have need, 792 had their need fully met
In 2012,738 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:55%
Average financial aid package:$10,850
Average need-based loan:$4603
Average need-based gift aid:$6118
Average non-need-based aid:$2756
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$26,531





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