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Our Location

SFA’s breathtaking campus is located in the heart of East Texas in historic Nacogdoches. Did you know that if you live in Houston or Dallas, Nacogdoches is actually closer than Austin? It’s true!

Sfa Is Closer Than You Think

Dallas/fort Worth

194 miles,
3 hours 10 minutes

Waco

159 miles,
2 hours 49 minutes

Austin

227 miles,
4 hours

San Antonio

312 miles,
5 hours 10 minutes

Houston

142 miles,
2 hours 17 minutes

Beaumont

128 miles,
2 hours 14 minutes

Shreveport

98 miles,
1 hour 40 minutes

Nacogdoches

 

History

1917-1921

SFA was chartered by the Texas legislature, Nacogdoches was selected as its location and the appropriation bill for funding was signed.

1923
First classes held

During campus construction, the first group of SFA students attended class nearby, blazing a trail for hundreds of thousands of students to follow in their footsteps.

1924
Vista Drive opens

Since the completion of the Austin Building in 1924, Vista Drive has provided a unique view of the campus.

1932
Lumberjack mascot selected

The Lumberjack mascot was selected by popular vote at a special student assembly of faculty and students.

1935
First homecoming held

Homecoming is now an annual fall event featuring a bonfire, two parades and, of course, football.

1940
Alumnus Kennedy co-discovers Plutonium

Joseph W. Kennedy (class of 1935) co-discovered Plutonium in 1940 as the head of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Division at the Manhattan Project's Los Alamos laboratory.

1944
Experimental Forest established

The Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest was established by an act of Congress and measures more than 2,500 acres. It is still in use for recreation, forestry and wildlife management research.

1947
First Lumberjack Day

Lumberjack Day started by a proclamation of the Student Body President. Students on campus were expected to wear the uniform of the day: blue jeans, overalls, plaid shirts and boots. The tradition continues annually.

1960
College Center opened

The center included the college cafeteria, book store, post office and recreational facilities. Throughout the years, it has been called the University Center and the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

1969
SFA becomes a university

A big day in our history as SFA moved up from a college to a full-fledged university.

1972
Homer Bryce Stadium constructed

The spirited home field of the SFA Lumberjacks football team was constructed on the northeast side of campus.

1979
Axe ’em, Jacks hand sign created

Thanks to the school spirit of a small group of creative SFA cheerleaders, the university now has its own signature hand sign.

1983
Alumnus Jennings wins an Academy Award

Songwriter Will Jennings (classes of 1965 and 1967) won the 1983 Academy Award and Golden Globe for his song “Up Where We Belong.” In 1997, he won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy for “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic.

1983
“Surfin’ Steve” fountain created

Due to a dramatic stance and flowing water, this iconic statue of Stephen F. Austin is affectionately nicknamed “Surfin’ Steve.”

1985
SFA Gardens established

What began as a ¼-acre patch on the south side of the agriculture building now encompasses more than 128 acres of on-campus arboretums, trails and gardens.

1997
Alumna Dickey named AMA president

Nancy Dickey (class of 1972) was the first female to be elected president of the American Medical Association. Now, she serves as president of Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center.

1999
Alumnus Owens elected governor of Colorado

Bill Owens (class of 1973) was elected and served as the governor of Colorado from 1999 through 2007.

2002
Big Dip tradition established

At our beloved class ring ceremony, each student dips a hand in purple dye to symbolize the student’s emersion into the life and history of SFA.

2006
Dr. Pattillo named SFA President

Dr. Baker Pattillo’s time at SFA has spanned more than 50 years – first as a student, later as an administrator and now as president.

2007
Alumna Burkett wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Virginia Burkett (class of 1997) is the chief scientist for climate and land-use change for the U.S. Geological Survey and was among the Nobel Prize-winning authors of a series of climate change assessment reports for the United Nations.

2016
Four-time winners of SLC Commissioner’s Cup

SFA won its fourth Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the university compiling the highest combined total of men’s and women’s all-sports points.

2016
Three-peat of men’s basketball (SLC and NCAA)

We went back-to-back-to-back as Southland Conference Champions. By virtue of winning the conference tournament, the Lumberjacks also made three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

 

Sfa At A Glance

Founded In 1923

  • 100%

    Independent
    University
  • 519 Full-time Faculty

$12,677

In Financial Aid Average Paid Per Student Per Year
  • 120+

    Majors & Areas
    Of Study
  • 71 %

    First-time
    Undergraduate
    Retention Rate
  • Nearly 13,000 Students

  • 417

    Acre Campus

  • 26

    Students Per
    Class Average

  • 64 %

    FEMALE STUDENT BODY
    (Go Ladyjacks!)
  • 62%

    Acceptance
    Rate
  • 17 Division 1

    Men’s & Women’s Sports
    20:1

    STUDENT-TO-FACULTY
    RATIO

  • 1006 SAT average

    21.9 ACT average

 

Community Impact

SFA Service and Outreach

Service & Outreach

We are committed to making a real difference in the community by inspiring our students to serve in ways that are both fun and rewarding.

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SFA Graduate

Graduates

Lumberjack graduates can be found in every corner of America contributing in business, sports, politics, entertainment, agriculture, academia and beyond.

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SFA Research

Research

Our students and faculty are actively researching projects with the potential to positively impact the region, the state, the nation and the world.

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SFA Arts and Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

From performing arts to sporting events to nationally touring acts, there’s always plenty for the community to see on campus.

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SFA Youth Activities

Youth Activities

We strive to develop the knowledge and talents of children in the community with a wide variety of lessons, clinics and camps.

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university leadership

 

board of regents

 

Board of Regents 2016 – 2017. Sitting L to R: Student member Chad Huckaby, Chair Scott Coleman, Vice Chair Ken Schaefer, Secretary Barry Nelson. Standing L to R: Ralph Todd, Bob Garrett, Nelda Blair, David Alders, Brigettee Henderson and Alton Frailey

Stephen F. Austin
State University
Board Of Regents

The Board of Regents is the governing body of SFA. Regents are appointed by the Governor of the State of Texas, including one non-voting student regent.

Learn more about our board members, meetings and policies under review.

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Faculty spotlight

  • William Arscott

    William Arscott

    Professor of Art

    William Arscott is SFA’s longest-tenured faculty member and he has no intention of leaving anytime soon. Professor Arscott began as an art instructor 52 years ago and now teaches filmmaking…MORE

  • Stephen Lias

    Dr. Stephen Lias

    Professor of Music

    Dr. Stephen Lias immersed himself in the Alaskan wilderness for two months as inspiration for three planned large concert works. Dr. Lias’ project also included visits to Big Bend, Kings Canyon…MORE

  • Dana Cooper

    Dr. Dana Cooper

    Associate Professor of History

    Dr. Dana Cooper was named one of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire for 2015.” Cooper was interviewed for a three-part Smithsonian Channel documentary called “Million Dollar…MORE

 

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