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
SFA was chartered by the Texas legislature, Nacogdoches was selected as its location and the appropriation bill for funding was signed.
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.
Vista Drive opens
Since the completion of the Austin Building in 1924, Vista Drive has provided a unique view of the campus.
Lumberjack mascot selected
The Lumberjack mascot was selected by popular vote at a special student assembly of faculty and students.
First homecoming held
Homecoming is now an annual fall event featuring a bonfire, two parades and, of course, football.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SFA becomes a university
A big day in our history as SFA moved up from a college to a full-fledged university.
Homer Bryce Stadium constructed
The spirited home field of the SFA Lumberjacks football team was constructed on the northeast side of campus.
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.
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.
“Surfin’ Steve” fountain created
Due to a dramatic stance and flowing water, this iconic statue of Stephen F. Austin is affectionately nicknamed “Surfin’ Steve.”
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.
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.
Alumnus Owens elected governor of Colorado
Bill Owens (class of 1973) was elected and served as the governor of Colorado from 1999 through 2007.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 519 Full-time Faculty
$12,677In Financial Aid Average Paid Per Student Per Year
120+Majors & Areas
Nearly 13,000 Students
64 %FEMALE STUDENT BODY
17 Division 1Men’s & Women’s Sports20:1
1006 SAT average
21.9 ACT average
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“The work we commit to on our campus truly has the power to make an impact across our state and nation.”–Baker Pattillo
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
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.
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