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Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX

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About Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public university in Nacogdoches, an east Texas town of about 30,000 people, which refers to itself as 'The Oldest Town in Texas.' The school was founded in 1923 as a teacher's college and currently serves about 12,900 students, with about 11,400 undergraduates. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Stephen F. Austin University the #76 regional university in the West.


Stephen F. Austin (SFA) comprises six colleges: the Nelson Rusche College of Business, the James I. Perkins College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, and the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Students can choose from over 80 majors and fields of study. Students who wish to experience a more rigorous academic curriculum can enroll in the School of Honors. The university employs around 500 faculty members, approximately 80% of whom have earned a terminal degree in their discipline. The average class size is 27 students.


Prospective freshmen can apply to Stephen F. Austin State University by submitting a $35 application fee, an official high school transcript and an ACT or SAT score. Students who graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class don't need to meet a minimum standardized test score, but higher scores are needed for prospective students who ranked lower in their graduating class. Students can receive college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) classes depending on their academic performance. The application deadline is rolling, but SAT scores must be submitted by August 31.

The university accepted 63% of all applicants in fall 2011. Among undergraduates, 58% were white, 25% were black or African American and 11% were Hispanic or Latino. About 98% of all undergraduate students hailed from Texas.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual tuition for in-state undergraduate students at SFA was $7,344 in 2011, while out-of-state undergraduates paid $16,734 per year. Room and board was expected to cost $8,186 per year, and books were expected to total $1,107. SFA offers hundreds of merit and need-based scholarships to students, sponsored by organizations like the alumni association, athletic department and ROTC. Other forms of financial aid available include grants, loans and work study.

School Type Public, 4-year university**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters***
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 11,368 undergraduates and 1,535 graduate students (2011)**
Student Housing Students who are under 21 and have less than 60 hours of credits must live on campus; residence facilities can house around 5,000 students*
Schools and Programs Seven schools and colleges; over 80 undergraduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Multi-/interdisciplinary studies (325)
Master's: Educational leadership and administration (65)
Doctorate: Educational leadership and administration (6)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (For Those Beginning in Fall 2003) 19% in 4 years
44% in 6 years
46% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 63% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 2,406 first-time students and 920 transfer students (fall 2011)*
First-Year Retention Rates 65% for full-time students in 2011**
Average SAT/ACT Scores of Admitted Students 974 (SAT) and 20.7 (ACT) for fall 2011*
Application Due Date Rolling***
Tuition (2011-2012) $7,344 for in-state students; $16,734 for out-of-state students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011: Federal grants (47%), Pell grants (46%), other federal grants (35%), state and local grants/scholarships (31%), institutional grants/scholarships (47%), federal loans (58%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81%**

Sources: *Stephen F. Austin State University; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; ***U.S. News & World Report

School Contact Information

  • Address: 2008 Alumni Drive, Rusk Building, Room 206, Nacogdoches, TX 75962
  • Phone: (936) 468-2504
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