about sfa

Our Location

SFA’s breathtaking campus is located in the heart of East Texas in historic Nacogdoches. Did you know that if you live in Houston or Dallas, Nacogdoches is actually closer than Austin? It’s true!

Sfa Is Closer Than You Think

Dallas/fort Worth

194 miles,
3 hours 10 minutes


159 miles,
2 hours 49 minutes


227 miles,
4 hours

San Antonio

312 miles,
5 hours 10 minutes


142 miles,
2 hours 17 minutes


128 miles,
2 hours 14 minutes


98 miles,
1 hour 40 minutes



Founding of SFA

Stephen F. Austin was founded as a state teacher’s college

First classes held

During campus construction, the first group of SFA students attended class nearby, blazing a trail for hundreds of thousands of students to follow in their footsteps.

Vista Drive opens

Since the completion of the Austin Building in 1924, Vista Drive has provided a unique view of the campus.

Lumberjack mascot selected

The Lumberjack mascot was selected by popular vote at a special student assembly of faculty and students.

First homecoming held

Homecoming is now an annual fall event featuring a bonfire, two parades and, of course, football.

Alumnus Kennedy co-discovers Plutonium

Joseph W. Kennedy (class of 1935) co-discovered Plutonium in 1940 as the head of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Division at the Manhattan Project's Los Alamos laboratory.

Experimental Forest established

The Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest was established by an act of Congress and measures more than 2,500 acres. It is still in use for recreation and forestry and wildlife management research.

First Lumberjack Day

Lumberjack Day started by a proclamation of the Student Body President. Students on campus were expected to wear the uniform of the day: blue jeans, overalls, plaid shirts, and boots. The tradition continues annually.

College Center Opened

The center included the college cafeteria, book store, post office and recreational facilities. Throughout the years, it has been called the University Center and the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

SFA becomes a university

A big day in our history as SFA moved up from a college to a full-fledged university.

Homer Bryce Stadium constructed

The spirited home field of the SFA Lumberjacks football team was constructed on the northeast side of campus.

Axe ’em, Jacks hand sign created

Thanks to the school spirit of a small group of creative SFA cheerleaders, the university now has its own signature hand sign.

Alumnus Jennings wins an Academy Award

Songwriter Will Jennings (classes of 1965 and 1967) won the 1983 Academy Award and Golden Globe for his song “Up Where We Belong.” In 1997, he won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy for “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic.

“Surfin’ Steve” fountain created

Due to a dramatic stance and flowing water, this iconic statue of Stephen F. Austin is affectionately nicknamed “Surfin’ Steve.”

SFA Gardens established

What began as a ¼-acre patch on the south side of the agriculture building now encompasses more than 128 acres of on-campus arboretums, trails and gardens.

Alumna Dickey named AMA president

Nancy Dickey (class of 1972) was the first female to be elected president of the American Medical Association. Now, she serves as president of Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center.

Alumnus Owens elected governor of Colorado

Bill Owens (class of 1973) was elected and served as the governor of Colorado from 1999 through 2007.

Big Dip tradition established

At our beloved class ring ceremony, each student dips a hand in purple dye to symbolize the student’s emersion into the life and history of SFA.

Dr. Pattillo named SFA President

Dr. Baker Pattillo’s time at SFA has spanned more than 50 years – first as a student, later as an administrator and now as president.

Alumna Burkett wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Virginia Burkett (class of 1997) is the chief scientist for climate and land-use change for the U.S. Geological Survey and was among the Nobel Prize-winning authors of a series of climate change assessment reports for the United Nations.

Four-time winners of SLC Commissioner’s Cup

SFA won its fourth Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the university compiling the highest combined total of men’s and women’s all-sports points.

Three-peat of men’s basketball (SLC and NCAA)

We went back-to-back-to-back as Southland Conference Champions. By virtue of winning the conference tournament, the Lumberjacks also made three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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Sfa At A Glance

Founded In 1923

  • 100%

  • 519 Full-time Faculty


In Financial Aid Average Paid Per Student Per Year
  • 120+

    Majors & Areas
    Of Study
  • 71 %

    Retention Rate
  • Nearly 13,000 Students

  • 417

    Acre Campus

  • 26

    Students Per
    Class Average

  • 64 %

    (Go Ladyjacks!)
  • 62%

  • 15 Division 1

    Men’s & Women’s Sports


  • 1006 SAT average

    21.9 ACT average

Community Impact

Service & Outreach

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Arts & Entertainment

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Youth Amenities

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university leadership

board of regents

Board of Regents 2015-2016.Sitting L to R: Student member Ryan Brown-Moreno, Chair Scott Coleman, Vice Chair Ken Schaefer, Secretary Barry Nelson. Standing L to R: Brigettee Henderson, Alton Frailey, Ralph Todd, Bob Garrett, Nelda Blair, and David Alders.

Stephen F. Austin
State University
Board Of Regents

The Board of Regents is the governing body of SFA. Regents are appointed by the Governor of the State of Texas, including one non-voting student regent.

Learn more about our board members, meetings, and policies under review.

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Faculty spotlight

  • William Arscott

    Professor of Art

    William Arscott is SFA’s longest-tenured faculty member and he has no intention of leaving anytime soon. Professor Arscott began as an art instructor 52 years ago and now teaches filmmaking…MORE

  • Dr. Stephen Lias

    Professor of Music

    Dr. Stephen Lias immersed himself in the Alaskan wilderness for two months as inspiration for three planned large concert works. Dr. Lias’ project also included visits to Big Bend, Kings Canyon…MORE

  • Dr. Dana Cooper

    Associate Professor of History

    Dr. Dana Cooper was named one of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire for 2015.” Cooper was interviewed for a a three-part Smithsonian Channel documentary called “Million Dollar…MORE

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