NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Prospective students and their families now have three options for exploring the Stephen F. Austin State University campus with a new, revamped slate of Showcase SFA events.

In addition to the university’s long-standing Showcase Saturday, which invites future college students to experience a taste of campus life through an action-packed open house event, SFA also has added Showcase Preview and Virtual Showcase.

“Our university vision focuses on preparing students for bright futures through hands-on learning, and that needs to start before they even call our university home,” said SFA President Dr. Scott Gordon. “Showcase SFA invites them and their families to experience the campus in whichever format works best for their schedules and comfort levels.”

During the past year and a half, SFA’s Office of Admissions has slowly adapted Showcase Saturday in light of the pandemic. Having first paused it completely in spring 2020, it switched to a virtual format last summer. Now, the revamped Showcase SFA will offer both in-person and virtual showcases.

“Our new Showcase SFA slate of events puts a flexible twist on our traditional and well-known Showcase Saturday,” said Erma Nieto Brecht, SFA executive director of enrollment management. “Those wanting to experience SFA on a weekday are invited to the Showcase Preview, which is in-person but smaller than the full Showcase Saturday; and those who aren’t comfortable visiting in-person or who may be limited to travel are invited to our Virtual Showcase. We’re excited to offer a range of ways to feature SFA’s programs, services and beautiful campus.”

SFA’s Showcase Preview will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 on the SFA campus. It will feature academic and student resource fairs, admissions sessions, a mock classroom experience, and residence hall tours.

As a weekday event, prospective students and their families also will have the opportunity to see the campus in action. Smaller than a Showcase Saturday but larger than a campus tour experience, Showcase Preview is the right fit for families looking to make a quick trip to the piney woods.

Virtual Showcase will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 22. The virtual event provides participants a unique space to interact with academic departments and student resources, showcasing the ways in which SFA is meeting the needs of today’s student in a highly technological world.

Showcase Saturday will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 on the SFA campus. The day will be packed full of activities, from optional campus and residence hall tours to a “build your own schedule” option with academic and student service fairs; financial aid, admissions and student engagement presentations; facility tours and more. 

For more information or to register for Showcase SFA events, visit