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  • 2019-2020 Colleges of Distinction Badge
  • #2
    team debaters
    in the nation
  • $650,000+
  • grammy
    & oscar


     among our alumni
  • #1
    ROTC Ranger Team
    in the state
  • One of the


    rates in Texas


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Life At SFA


State-of-the-Art STEM Building

The Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building helps SFA continue to produce top-ranking scholars within the STEM fields. The building houses a planetarium, research laboratories, collaborative classrooms and makerspaces — areas that allow students to collaborate and create prototypes.

Housing and Dining

Housing & Dining

Lumberjacks enjoy plenty of housing and dining options on and off campus.

SFA NCAA Basketball Bracket Busters

Competitive Division I Sports and Spirit teams

From our 2019 NCAA National Champion women's bowling team to our nationally recognized spirit teams, SFA has a proud athletic tradition.

SFA Clubs and Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

Follow your passion and make friends in our nearly 250 clubs and organizations.

18 Beautiful Bodies of Water Nearby

18 Beautiful Bodies of Water Nearby

Outdoor enthusiasts can paddle along the Neches River or catch fish at one of many area lakes.


SFA Traditions

The Axe Handle

SFA freshmen receive an axe handle to personalize with their own Lumberjack spirit. Students can be seen (and heard) banging axe handles on the bleachers at SFA football games.


Ole Cotton

Ole Cotton is an imposing 75mm cannon that fires a celebratory shot every time the SFA Lumberjack football team scores. The SFA ROTC cadets man Ole Cotton just beyond the south end zone at Homer Bryce Stadium. The powerful blast can be heard – and often felt – all over town.


The Homecoming Bonfire

SFA's traditional bonfire and pep rally are the centerpieces of homecoming. Usually held in October, homecoming is a series of traditions that bring Lumberjacks together to celebrate SFA. Other events include homecoming elections, Duck Dash, downtown parade, football games and much more.

Purple Haze

Press play to hear our rowdy Purple Haze student section in action. At SFA’s home football games, fans in the student section loudly bang their axe handles on a metal “Purple Haze” sign to show support for our beloved Lumberjacks (and to rattle the opposing team). Now that’s a home-field advantage!

  • Dr. Carmen Montana-Schalk aboard a boat with others for the filming of the BBC show "Animal Impossible."

    Dr. Carmen Montana-Schalk, assistant professor in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Department of Biology, recently shared her piranha expertise on the BBC show “Animal Impossible.”

  • SFA students Mars Molen and Hannah Marfin rehearse a scene from "The Maids."

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre opens Jean Genet’s “The Maids” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Kennedy Auditorium on the SFA campus for in-person audience performances and virtual performances. SFA students, from left, Mars Molen, Ponder freshman, and Hannah Marfin, San Antonio freshman, rehearse a scene from the absurdist play that explores issues of violence, jealousy, mental health, sexuality, gender and class. The play, which is recommended for mature audiences, will also be presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. General ticket prices are: adult, $15; senior (62+), $10; non-SFA student, $10; SFA faculty/staff, $7.50; youth, $7.50; SFA student, $5; virtual access, $15. Purchase tickets/virtual access at Seating is limited; face masks are required.

  • Piney Woods Youth Orchestra in performance

    The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will celebrate 40 years of service to the Nacogdoches area with an all-day outdoor music festival Saturday, May 1, on the Music Prep House grounds at 3028 Raguet St. The event will include student performances, including a performance by the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra (pictured), exhibition booths and food vendors.

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