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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



early years

SFA was chartered by the Texas legislature, Nacogdoches was selected as its location and the appropriation bill for funding was signed.

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.

Lumberjack mascot selected

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

Vista Drive opens

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

First homecoming held

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

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, 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.

“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 At A Glance

Founded In 1923

  • 68

    acres of
    recreational trails
  • 519 Full-time Faculty


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

    Majors & Areas
    Of Study
  • 77 %

    Retention Rate
  • Nearly 12,000 Students

  • 421

    Acre Campus

  • 25

    Students Per
    Class Average

  • 64 %

    (Go Ladyjacks!)
  • 62%

  • 18 Division 1

    Men’s & Women’s Sports


  • 1087 SAT average

    21.9 ACT average

Faculty spotlight

Get to know some of our passionate professors, and see how committed they are to your success.

President's Cabinet

Academic Leadership

Board of Regents

Board of Regents

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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Community Impact

SFA Service and Outreach

Service & Outreach

We are committed to making a real difference in the community by inspiring our students to serve in ways that are both fun and rewarding.

SFA Graduate


Lumberjack graduates can be found in every corner of America contributing in business, sports, politics, entertainment, agriculture, academia and beyond.

SFA Research


Our students and faculty are actively researching projects with the potential to positively impact the region, the state, the nation and the world.

SFA Arts and Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

From performing arts to sporting events to nationally touring acts, there’s always plenty for the community to see on campus.

Summer camps

Summer camps

We strive to develop the knowledge and talents of children in the community with a wide variety of lessons, clinics and camps.


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