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Jack Facts

we are the Lumberjacks

Welcome to Stephen F. Austin State University where we all share the Lumberjack spirit – from our mascot and our students to our faculty and alumni.

Come to discover an extraordinary academic environment nestled in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. Axe ’em, Jacks!

  • Blake Loggins (SFA Mascot), class of ‘17
  • Karen Hall, class of ‘19
  • Dr. David Campo, Faculty

Explore Academics

What do you want to do with your life? That’s a big question. So our exceptional faculty and devoted advisors are here to guide you on your path to success. Our academics page will help you begin to explore our areas of study, colleges, degrees and more.

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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 75 mm 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!

Life At SFA

SFA Faculty Member

Exceptional Faculty & Quality Academics

We believe SFA is home to the friendliest faculty in Texas. More importantly, 85% of our faculty members hold the highest degrees in their teaching field. So our students are inspired every day to excel in more than 120 majors and areas of study.

Housing and Dining

Housing & Dining

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

SFA NCAA Basketball Bracket Busters

NCAA Basketball Finalists

We have a proud tradition of upsets in the NCAA Tournament. In 2016, we knocked off the #3 seed, West Virginia. And, that's just one of our 17 Division I sports.

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.


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