Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Life

Executive Director of Student Life

Dr. Hollie Smith

Student Life - Putting You First!

The Department of Student Life is dedicated to student involvement, student leadership, student engagement and lots of exciting opportunities! The many opportunities which are provided by Student Life will help show students that college should be a time that challenges students while being enjoyed. From bonfires and pep rallies to student leadership and volunteerism, college is a time to learn about oneself as well as develop a number of lifelong interests and friends. Our office is here to help you make the most of your college experience.

The Department of Student Life practices with the highest national standards in mind. For that reason we have adopted the ACPA statement on Ethical Standards and Practices.

Welcome to the Department of Student Life!

Helpful Resources for Students

Student Life Offices

Center for Career and Professional Development CCPD

CCPD is here to guide our students through the rewarding process of career planning and development. Our four-year guide shows that career preparation begins your first your at SFA. Availability to incoming and current students, and alumni, our services are completely free and offered both in-person and virtually.

Orientation and Transition Programs

Orientation and Transition Programs is where a student's Lumberjack Experience begins! Our office provides orientation programs to all new students and their parents and family members that aid them in the transition process, informs students of educational opportunities, and integrates students and families into the life of Stephen F. Austin State University. Orientation and Transition Programs is also the department responsible for organizing both fall and spring Weeks of Welcome, which serve to involve and entertain new and current students with numerous events that are coordinated by various departments and student organizations.

Spirit Programs

We got more than spirit! The SFA Spirit office is home to 30 national championships in cheerleading and dance and is known as a leader in cheer and dance innovation. The SFA Spirit Programs is made up of the Co-Ed and All-girl Cheerleading teams, and SFA Dance Teams (formerly Pom Squad and Jack Attack). Each year you can find our teams cheering at over 100 athletics events including football, volleyball, and basketball. Purple Haze Association (PHA), a university sponsored organization, is also housed under spirit teams. This organization supports the Lumberjack spirit and fellow members of the University on the field, court, diamond, or any other way possible.

Student Engagement Programs

Student Engagement Programs encourages active participation in meaningful experiences outside the classroom. We engage students to enhance leadership skills and to become global citizens through programs that foster accountability, creative thinking, interpersonal and personal connections while upholding principles of The SFA Way. Student Engagement will help you find your place at SFA! Home to Greek Life, Student Activities Association, SFA Traditions Council, Involvement Center, Jack Sorc, SFA Homecoming, Jack Camp, Student Leadership and Service Programs and more than 200 student organizations, Student Engagement is at the heart of what's happening on campus. These programs will help you integrate into campus life and help develop leadership skills and enhance your overall experience at SFA.

Student Publications and Divisional Media

The Department of Student Publications is committed to producing for the university community professional-quality print publications, as well as timely and engaging digital content, which meet the campus' needs for information and provide a forum for discussion of relevant issues. By maintaining an entirely student staff, the department strives to provide transformative educational experiences consistent with the mission of the university.

Contact Information

Location: 3.105 Pattillo Student Center

Phone: (936) 468-1018 Fax: (936) 468-7111


Mailing Address:

Department of Student Life

P.O. Box 13021 Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Physical Address:

Department of Student Life

222 Vista Drive - Suite 3.105

Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Students with Disabilities

The Department of Student Life is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or student organizations you are encouraged to stop by room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-6401, TDD: (936) 468-1004.

If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. Accommodations can only be arranged once a request has been submitted in writing to Disability Services.

To the greatest extent possible, the Department of Student Life shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.

Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process.