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.

2019 GJ APPLICATION CLOSED! Space is limited to the first 100 students for Fall 2019.

If you are interested in joining GJ, please complete the application form and email 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 courses listed in parentheses are the community college equivalents to help you determine if you've taken the course via dual-credit in high school.

The third course you will take as a GJ is SFA 101, a first-year experience course which will help ease your transition to SFA. For more information about SFA 101, you can visit their site on the left hand side of this page.

Courses offered in Fall 2019 include:

ENG 131 (ENGL 1301)

English: Rhetoric and Comp

PSY 133 (PSYC 2301)

Intro to Psychology

HIS 133 (HIST 1301)

American History to 1877

PHI 223 (PHIL 2306)

Intro to Philosophy

PSC 141 (GOVT 2305/2306)*

Am. Govt. Theory and Politics

MTH 220(MATH 1342)

Probability and Statistics

PSC 142 (GOVT 2305/2306)*

Am. Govt. Structure and Function

COM 170 (SPCH 1318)

Interpersonal Communication

SFA 101 (for every GJ)

Freshman Success Seminar

*PSC 141 and 142 are not direct equivalents to GOVT 2305 and 2306. A GJ advisor will help you choose the correct PSC course to ensure you take the correct course.

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

Summer Leadership Academy and Residential Learning Community

All GJ students get to move to campus early on Sunday, August 18, 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! This summer 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 Big Event, the largest day of community service in Nacogdoches. You'll also get to mentor future college students who are also first-generation. In addition to these service activities, you will immediately receive a peer mentor who is an upperclassmen GJ student and a faculty or staff 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 SFA 110 (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 SFA 110, 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, SFA 250 will give you 1 hour of course credit during the first semester of your sophomore year .

Why should I join Generation Jacks?

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How can I be a GenJack?

To join Generation Jacks, you need to be a first-generation student and have been admitted to SFA. If you have not applied for admission, do so here: Once you are admitted, you can submit this application form. Remember, only the first 100 eligible students will be chosen to be 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 of the page. If you have any questions, please contact us! We are so excited you are interested in being a GJ!