Fall semester enrollment at Stephen F. Austin State University is up approximately 1 percent to 12,954 students, surpassing the all-time enrollment record set one year ago.

The number of SFA students attending classes increased by 109 between fall 2009 and fall 2010. Summer enrollment also rose slightly, increasing 0.4 percent in summer I and 2.6 percent in summer II. The fall SFA headcount marks the 11th consecutive reporting period with an enrollment increase.

"I am extremely proud that SFA is able to report another record-high enrollment for the fall 2010 semester," said Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president. "I want to express my appreciation to the enrollment management team, as well as the entire SFA faculty and staff, for their tireless efforts to recruit and retain top-quality students to our university."

The record-breaking fall 2010 enrollment comes on the heels of the largest graduation class in the history of the university last spring when 1,131 Lumberjacks received diplomas.

"The administrators and Board of Regents continue to make decisions that help make SFA a progressive university," said Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management.

Recent renovations to the Chemistry Building and a planned freshman residence hall designed to promote academic success are two of the latest ways in which the university is working to attract and retain a qualified student body, she said. SFA also will increase academic standards for freshmen admission in fall 2012 as part of the university's Strategic Plan 2013: Preparing for the Future.

"Our increasing enrollment is a reflection of a comprehensive effort by the entire campus community to attract and retain quality students to our university," Cossich said. "As we continue to increase our online programs, strengthen recruitment efforts, build community college relationships, and focus on student success, the future looks very bright for SFA."