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Jack Facts

Proud home of the Lumberjacks

Welcome to Stephen F. Austin State University.

For more than 90 years, SFA has been nestled in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. Our beloved Lumberjack mascot reflects our beautifully wooded surroundings and our dynamic spirit.

We invite you to come experience our friendly atmosphere and excellent academic programs. Axe ’em, Jacks!

Blake Loggins Class of 2017

Lumberjacks make great





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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

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

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

Housing and Dining

Housing & Dining

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

SFA NCAA Basketball Bracket Busters

NCAA Basketball Bracket Busters

We have a proud tradition of upsets in the NCAA Tournament. In 2016, we knocked off the #3 seed, West Virginia.

SFA Lumberjack Spirit

Lumberjack Spirit

We wear our purple with pride and love cheering on the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks in 15 Division I sports.

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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