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Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches, TX 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate65%
Acceptance Rate65%

About SFA

Stephen F. Austin State University Overview

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Nacogdoches, Texas. SFA was founded in 1923. SFA provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Activities at SFA

Are you interested in music or performing? At SFA you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? SFA students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? SFA has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? SFA has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SFA on the Student Life page.

2022 SFA Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 54%
In-State Tuition $10,600
Out-of-State $22,840
Percent of Need Met 60.9%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,465

Is SFA a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what SFA offers and if the college seems like a good fit for you.

SFA Acceptance Rate 2022

SFA is moderately difficult to get into. Around 65% of applicants get into SFA each year. Out of 9,914 applications received in 2022, 6,493 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SFA

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 76% of students who start at SFA come back the next year. Around 53% of students who started at SFA earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook SFA Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with SFA directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Stephen F. Austin State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

SFA's endowment was valued at $81.7 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SFA

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

SFA meets 60.9% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend SFA full-time are awarded $13,465 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $23,431 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SFA.

Based on this information, is SFA the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is SFA a good school for you?

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Where is Stephen F. Austin State University Located?

SFA is located in the small town setting of Nacogdoches, Texas.

If you want to see SFA for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 59 to Nacogdoches, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Gregg County.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SFA and Nacogdoches are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1936 North Street Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Campus Setting: Small Town

SFA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SFA is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SFA is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SFA ACT Scores


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SFA SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

212 - 634


Math SAT Range

217 - 650


Reading SAT Range

217 - 650

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