Stephen F. Austin State University

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School Overview

Stephen F. Austin State University (also known as SFA) is a public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas. Established as a teacher’s college in 1923, the university was named after one of the state’s founding fathers, Stephen F. Austin. Its campus is located on part of the estate of Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was also one of Texas’ previous leaders and is a popular historic figure. As SFA is not associated with University of Texas system, it is classified as an independent public university.

SFA offers more than 120 different areas of study, which include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. SFA has six academic school and colleges and is one of only 2 schools in the United States to offer a program in forestry.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3051
(936) 468-2504
Fax: (936) 468-3849

Contact: Monique Cossich
Executive Director of Enrollment Management
Main Address
PO Box 6194, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6194
(936) 468-2011

Total undergrads: 10,404
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,354
Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,404
Graduate enrollment: 1,586

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 72%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 63%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 10,975
Percent Admitted: 63%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 37%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 420 (25th Percentile)
  • 530 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 440 (25th Percentile)
  • 540 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 410 (25th Percentile)
  • 510 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 18 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 16 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 17 (25th Percentile)
  • 24 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,162 $6,432 $6,732 $6,998 +3.95%
Books and Supplies $996 $1,020 $1,072 $1,094 +2.05%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,885 $7,022 $7,377 $7,670 +3.97%
Other $3,621 $4,174 $4,384 $4,695 +7.09%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,664 $18,648 $19,565 $20,457 +4.56%
In-state Off Campus $7,158 $7,452 $7,804 $8,092 +3.69%
In-state with Family $7,158 $7,452 $7,804 $8,092 +3.69%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $3,597
In-state Student Fees $1,342
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $9,177
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,342

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,961 79%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,487 60% $8,509,956 $5,723
• Federal grants 847 34% $3,629,354 $4,285
• Pell grants 840 34% $3,013,939 $3,588
• Other federal grants 718 29% $615,415 $857
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 357 14% $1,713,507 $4,800
Institutional scholarships or grants 971 39% $3,167,095 $3,262
Student loan financial aid 1,425 57% $10,868,617 $7,627
• Federal student loans 1,424 57% $10,504,457 $7,377
• Other student loans 47 2% $364,160 $7,748

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1957 411 14
Agriculture, General 46
Agribusiness/agricultural Business Operations 8
Agricultural Mechanization, General 2
Agricultural Production Operations, General 5
Agronomy and Crop Science 2
Animal Sciences, General 22
Horticultural Science 6
Poultry Science 1
Architecture and Related Services 32
Interior Architecture 32
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 59 14
Biochemistry 4
Biology/biological Sciences, General 55 4
Biotechnology 10
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 389 58
Accounting 46 38
Business Administration and Management, General 51 20
Business/commerce, General 89
Business/managerial Economics 3
Fashion Merchandising 26
Finance, General 36
Hospitality Administration/management, General 47
International Business/trade/commerce 9
Marketing/marketing Management, General 76
Special Products Marketing Operations 6
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 90 4
Journalism 49
Radio and Television 41
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 10 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 8 3
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/technician
Information Technology 2
Education 3 108 13
Art Teacher Education 3
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 56 13
Elementary Education and Teaching 19
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Music Teacher Education 4
Secondary Education and Teaching 5
Special Education and Teaching, General 17
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
English Language and Literature/letters 65 5
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General 42 5
Rhetoric and Composition 23
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 18
French Language and Literature 4
Spanish Language and Literature 14
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 179 27
Athletic Training/trainer 8
Audiology/audiologist 16
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 42
Mental Health Counseling/counselor
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 108
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 13
Rehabilitation Science
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 15
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor 4
History 50 1
History, General 50 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 46
Corrections 4
Criminal Justice/police Science 42
Human Services, General 46 61
Public Administration 11 14
Social Work 35 47
Legal Studies, General 6
Legal Assistant/paralegal 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9
Humanities/humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 9
Mathematics and Statistics 16 7
Mathematics, General 16 5
Statistics, General 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 317 9
Biological and Physical Sciences
Gerontology 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 316 9
Natural Resources and Conservation 42 18 1
Environmental Science 16 15
Forest Management/forest Resources Management 7 1
Forestry, General 7 2 1
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 124 31
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 119 22
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 5 9
Physical Sciences 29 4
Chemistry, General 1 1
Geology/earth Science, General 19 3
Physics, General 9
Psychology 79 32
Counseling Psychology 7
Psychology, General 79 10
School Psychology 15
Social Sciences 82
Economics, General 1
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Geography 4
Political Science and Government, General 36
Sociology 41
Visual and Performing Arts 167 17
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 6
Art/art Studies, General 63 9
Conducting 2
Dance, General 9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 33
Music Performance, General 3
Music, General 56 3
Work and Family Studies 53 12
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 3 12
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 12
Human Development and Family Studies, General 38
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agricultural Mechanization B
Agricultural Production B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Horticultural Services B
Horticulture Science B
Poultry Science B

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B
Special Products Marketing B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Data Processing Technology B
Information Technology B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Audiology/Hearing Sciences B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B
Orientation & mobility B
Rehabilitation services B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Applied arts & sciences B
Gerontology B
Teacher education B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Forest Management B
Forestry – General B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Stephen F Austin State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (936) 468-2011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 2008 Alumni Drive, Rusk 206, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 12,969
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 44%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 7,749 (60% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,844
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,972
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 86%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,693

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Stephen F Austin State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Stephen F Austin State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 71
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 22
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 122
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 181
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 31
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 41
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 54
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 3
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 22
Natural Resources and Conservation 421
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 12
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 33
Psychology 121
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 32
Social Sciences 5
Visual and Performing Arts 52
Grand total 72403

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Stephen F Austin State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,844
Out-of-state $18,972
Books and supplies $1,202

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,273
Out-of-state $14,869

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,880 86%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,509 69% $8,693
Student loan aid 1,265 58% $6,584

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,453 65% $7,160
Federal student loans 5,983 52% $6,816

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Stephen F Austin State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Stephen F Austin State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 10,664 3,590 7,074
Percent admitted 100% 64% 70%
Percent admitted who enrolled 19% 21% 19%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Stephen F Austin State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 12,969
Undergraduate enrollment 11,494
Graduate enrollment 1,475

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Stephen F Austin State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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