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Study abroad at Stephen F Austin State University

Stephen F Austin State University (SFA) is a public university located in the city of Nacogdoches, Texas, US. The University offers a wide range of programs and more than 120 areas of study, including majors and minors.

The University is home to six colleges, including the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, which is a nationally recognized forestry school and one of only two in the state. SFA also offers 44 master’s degrees and three degrees at doctoral level.

The picturesque campus includes more than a dozen residence halls, giving students plenty of accommodation options. The campus also includes a number of great dining options, recreation facilities including a climbing wall, and an observatory. The Homer Bryce Stadium plays host to SFA’s NCAA Division I football and track teams, known as The Lumberjacks, and can hold more than 14 thousand fans.

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Why study at SFA?

  • Athletics and sport

    The SFA Lumberjacks compete in 18 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s sports

  • Financial aid

    The average SFA student receives $12,677 in financial aid each year

  • Student-staff ratio

    Students receive a personalized learning experience thanks to the 18:1 student-staff ratio

Life as an international student

SFA welcomes international students, and currently has students from more than 40 different countries. The Office of International Programs provides a range of help and services to international students, including transport to and from the airport, regular bus trips to the shops, and an international friendship program designed to help you meet new people.

On-campus student housing is available and encouraged for international students as it’s a great way to immerse yourself in life at SFA. There are also more than 200 student clubs and organizations you can join, including Greek life, intramural sports, dance and many more.

Student reviews for Stephen F. Austin State University

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  • Enrique Vazquez Almaral
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    Stephen F. Austin State University Film
    Tell us about Stephen F. Austin State University
    The campus is great, the architecture is lovely. Very green and clean. There are some new buildings and upcoming projects to expand some departments. It offers everything you need from services to student groups.
  • Ai Fabre
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    Stephen F. Austin State University Kinesiology
    Tell us about Stephen F. Austin State University
    SFA is a great university and I have enjoyed every moment since I came. Nacogdoches itself is really small and there are not a lot of things to do. Luckily, the university provides a lot of fun activities to do every week. There are always things going on at the university! They organize movie nights, Halloween parties, hot chocolate, and plenty more things. If you are looking for a university in a beautiful green area, surrounded by friendly people you should definitely come here. I really recommend it, my experience has been really great so far. The only negative aspect, is the transportation, I do not have a car and I fly to houston. Then I take the bus that SFA provides or one of my friends comes to pick me up.
  • Eldrick Juzga
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    Stephen F. Austin State University Agricultural Economics
    Tell us about Stephen F. Austin State University
    SFA is a nice university in Nacogdoches with very nice facilities. the good thing about being in a small town is that everything is close.
  • Kamran Khan
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    Stephen F. Austin State University Agriculture
    Tell us about Stephen F. Austin State University
    Everything is good and they have welcoming staff in the International Office. If you ask anything, you will get assistance for it. There is a transport service which is available and you may install an android or apple app for it to get bus schedule. There is a state of the art recreational fitness center and additionally there is also a football ground, where you can watch in state live matches and it's free for students. This is huge a facility to relax and have fun.
  • Milad Chizari
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    Stephen F. Austin State University Business Administration
    Tell us about Stephen F. Austin State University
    The campus recreation has good facilities, on-campus accommodation is expensive compared to off-campus and the quality is far lower. Organizations are not super active. The cafeteria is old and the quality of food is average. Few international students.

What Stephen F. Austin State University says

  • Heather Catton

    Heather Catton

    Stephen F. Austin State University Director, International Programs
    Heather Catton says

    Our small-town location gives international students a safe, secure, and beautiful environment to study, live, and learn about U.S. culture and traditions. Our students don't get lost in a large, overwhelming environment and have more opportunities to be connected on a personal level to other students as well as their professors.

    The natural beauty of the area lends a great atmosphere to the learning environment. Most international students (and American students too) get a different flavor from what they typically think of as 'America'. We are very lucky here in East Texas to enjoy the uniqueness of our surroundings.

    Our Office of International Programs offers assistance to students through their entire university experience - from applying for admission, enrolling in class, and navigating the day-to-day challenges of college life, to preparing post-graduation work experiences.

    The SFA Office of Career and Professional Development is an amazing resource for researching work opportunities and preparing to apply for employment (resume development, interview techniques, etc). Some of our majors, such as Forestry, have near 100% post-graduation career placement!

Student life & facilities

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    • Restaurants 13
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Fees and funding

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: $23,200 per year
  • Graduate tuition: $15,891 per year


University Regents Scholarship

  • This award opportunity is for first-time incoming students at the freshman, sophomore or junior level. Each academic department selects two academically gifted undergraduates to receive $3,000 for the academic year, broken down into two $1,500 allocations, to help cover the cost of a room in an SFA residence hall. Commuter students can apply the money toward tuition and fees. You must be admitted to SFA to qualify.

Academic Excellence Scholarship Program

  • The Academic Excellence Scholarship awards $1,500 to $6,000 in scholarships per year to first-year students based on a holistic review of academic credentials.
  • Any student earning the designation of valedictorian from their high school automatically receives the $6,000 award amount of the Academic Excellence Scholarship. If specific criteria are met, the scholarship may be renewed for three additional years after the initial award while pursuing the first baccalaureate degree.
  • Students are automatically considered and evaluated for the scholarship when officially admitted to the university. Any student who qualifies based on a review of academic credentials and is admitted to the university by June 30 for the upcoming fall term will receive an Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Lumberjack Transfer Scholarship Program

  • This award opportunity is for students who transfer to SFA during the fall or the spring. The award is $1,000 for the year if the recipient’s transferable GPA is 3.0 to 3.49, and the award is $2,000 per year for students with a transferable GPA of 3.50 or higher. You do not have to apply for this scholarship. We consider all students for it when they’re admitted to SFA.


Stephen F. Austin State University

1936 North St, Nacogdoches, TX 75962, USA

SFA's campus is located in Nacogdoches, which is home to East Texas landmarks, quaint shops, dining opportunities and a variety of recreational activities.

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