NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Incoming first-year college students who want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing will now find the admission process easier at Stephen F. Austin State University with the Lumberjack Nursing Guarantee.

Prospective students who are interested in nursing can earn guaranteed admission to the DeWitt School of Nursing based on their entry into SFA as a first-year student with excellent academic performance. These students will still be required to submit an application for admission to the nursing school, but their acceptance will be assured as long as they meet certain criteria.

“We chose to create the Lumberjack Nursing Guarantee because we want to support and motivate students who come to SFA wanting to pursue nursing as a degree,” said Dr. Katy Trotty, assistant professor of nursing and BSN program coordinator. “We believe in investing in students with exceptional academic performance, and we love the idea of taking out the uncertainty of being accepted into the program.”

The criteria for the Lumberjack Nursing Guarantee includes the student be admitted to SFA with fewer than 30 semester credit hours, meets GPA and testing standards, and successfully completes prerequisite science courses in one attempt.

“If we can alleviate that stress of applying to nursing school by guaranteeing admission for students that have worked hard to meet our high academic standards, it is a win for both our program and those students,” Trotty said. “We want students to know that if they come here and invest their time and talent to do well in their prerequisite courses, we will invest in them by giving them a spot in our program. We are confident that the students who meet the qualifications will be very successful in nursing school and will represent our program well.”

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Stephen F. Austin State University, the newest member of The University of Texas System, began a century ago as a teachers’ college in Texas’ oldest town, Nacogdoches. Today, it has grown into a regional institution comprising six colleges — business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, liberal and applied arts, and sciences and mathematics. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA enrolls approximately 11,000 students while providing the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school. The main campus encompasses 421 acres that include 37 academic facilities, nine residence halls, and 68 acres of recreational trails that wind through its six gardens. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees covering more than 120 areas of study. Learn more at