Stephen F. Austin State University

Generation Jacks

What is Generation Jacks?

Generation Jacks (GJ) is an extended learning community exclusively for first-generation students. First generation means neither your parent nor guardian graduated from a four-year institution. GJ is an amazing program that provides a great academic experience and an excellent support network.

2020 GJ APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW! Space is limited to the first 100 students for Fall 2020.

If you are interested in joining GJ, please complete this application form and return it to

The program consists of the following:

Academic Learning Community

Three of your first semester courses will be exclusively with other GJ students and are taught by some of our best professors! The best part about these cohorts are that your classes are linked together with a common theme, which makes it easier to learn and draw connections between your courses.

There are nine course options to choose from and every GJ student will choose two. While every major can utilize most of these GJ courses within their degree plan, a GJ advisor can help you with course selection if you are not sure.

The third course you will take as a GJ is SFAS 1101: SFA Success Seminar, a first-year experience course which will help ease your transition to SFA. You will learn time management skills, study skills, SFA resources, etc.

Courses offered in Fall 2020 include:

ENGL 1301

Rhetoric and Composition

PSYC 2301

General Psychology

HIST 1301

U.S. History 1

PHIL 2306

Intro to Philosophy

GOVT 2305

Am. Govt. Theory and Politics

MATH 1342

Intro to Probability and Statistics

GOVT 2306

Am. Govt. Structure and Function

SPCH 1315

Public Speaking

MUSI 1306

Music Appreciation

SFAS 1101 (for every GJ)

Student Success Seminar

**Students may not get their first choice courses based on degree plan, availability, and dual-credit.

Summer Leadership Academy and Residential Learning Community

Sunday, August 16th - Friday, August 21st, 2020

All GJ students get to move to campus early on Sunday, August 16th, and participate in workshops, socials, service, and leadership activities. At the academy, you will get to meet your fellow GJ students, GJ staff members, and the professors teaching the courses in your cohort! Ask any GJ! The summer leadership academy is one of the best part of GJ! The academy costs $50.00 per person to cover early move-in expenses and it will be billed directly to your SFA Ebill. This makes it easy to use your financial aid to pay for. If the fee is a problem, please contact us!

In addition, all GJ students get access to special housing in Steen. This means you have the option to live in Steen with other GJ students. We have one floor reserved for us, but space is limited! This is a great way to stay even more engaged with GJ and get special access to other programming and events.

Service Learning and Mentorship Opportunities

As a GJ, you will get to participate in several community service events like the MLK Day of Service, The Big Event (the largest day of community service in Nacogdoches), and other service projects. In addition to these service activities, you will immediately receive a peer mentor who is an upperclassmen GJ student and a faculty or staff GJ Success Coach who will both help empower you during your college career, and help you reach your goals.

Career and Professional Development

Career readiness is an absolute must in today's world, so GJ gives you a head start on your employability. During your second semester you will take SFAS 1110 (1 credit hour), which is a career development course that will teach you how to build your resume and develop interview skills, but also allows you to explore careers in your major and ensure your own talents match your career choices. Once you've gained career skills in SFAS 1110, we will help place you in a 50-hour professional internship, employment, or graduate practicum in your preferred industry to get you better connected to jobs in your major. This practicum class, SFAS 2150 will give you 1 hour of course credit during the first semester of your sophomore year .

Why should I join Generation Jacks?

GJ will provide you with unbeatable support, an amazing network of friends, and an unforgettable college experience. In addition, GJ...

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How can I be a GenJack?

To join Generation Jacks, all you need to do is be a first-generation student and have been admitted to SFA. Remember, only the first 100 eligible students will be chosen to be a GJ, so it is very important that you submit your application form as quickly as possible. You can email, fax, or mail it using the contact information on the top right hand side of the page. If you have any questions, please contact us! We are so excited you are interested in being a GJ!