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Colleges / Stephen F. Austin State University

About SFA

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Nacogdoches, Texas. SFA was founded in 1923 and now enrolls around 12,620 students a year, including 10,987 undergrads. SFA offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at SFA! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of SFA'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 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.

Learn more about life at SFA on the Student Life page.

2021 SFA Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 72%
In-State Tuition $7,842
Out-of-State $20,118
Percent of Need Met 60.4%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,369

Is SFA a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what SFA offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

SFA Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into SFA. The acceptance rate at SFA is 76%. Out of 9,016 applications received in 2021, 6,862 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SFA

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

About 77% of students who start at SFA come back for their second year of college. 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 Outcomes for SFA Grads

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

SFA'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. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $81.7 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SFA

Cost 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 60.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend SFA full-time are awarded $13,369 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $23,185 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out 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, how does SFA sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! 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

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Transfer Applications are Due

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

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

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SFA ACT Scores


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980 - 1140


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480 - 560


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Wondering what life at SFA is like? There are approximately 12,620 students enrolled at SFA, including 10,987 undergraduate students and 1,633 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from TX and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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