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Stephen F Austin State University

Stephen F Austin State University Rating: 4.0/5 (62 votes)

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History

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) was founded in 1923 as a teacher’s college and received university status in 1969. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and identifies its mission as being “to provide students a foundation for success, a passion for learning and a commitment to responsible global citizenship in a community dedicated to reaching, research, creativity and service.” It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.

Academics

Stephen F. Austin has academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are 7 colleges: the College of Fine Arts and Sciences, 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.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of fields within the various academic colleges. Degrees at the bachelor level can be received in areas such as accounting, animal science, art history, communications, criminal justice, dance, English, economics, forestry, geography, geology, interior design, kinesiology, management, mathematics, nursing, physics, public administration, social work, Spanish, and theater.

Stephen F. Austin’s graduate programs offers approximately 40 distinct degrees. These include master’s degree programs in accounting, art, counseling, English, forestry, business, music, education, social work, and chemistry. Doctoral degrees are offered in educational leadership, school psychology, and forestry.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Stephen F. Austin has a School of Honors to recognize the university’s best and brightest. Students who seek admission to the program as freshmen need to meet the following requirements: minimum ACT composite score of 27 (note including writing or minimum SAT reasoning score of 1220 (not including writing). Current SFA students and incoming transfer students must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA. Once admitted to the School of Honors, students will enjoy smaller classes, early registration, have the option of living in a Wisely Hall (a “quiet dorm” with larger rooms), participate in extracurricular activities with other Honors students, and use the computers in the Honors Suite.

The College of Liberal and Applied Arts sponsors an International Studies Minor, with four required courses and a choice of electives. The purpose behind the program is to foster awareness of the vital role that international relations play in today’s world and the world of tomorrow. The English Language Institute helps international students with academic English, conversational English, and the cultural transition that all such students face when coming to the United States.

Admissions

Stephen F. Austin encourages prospective freshman students to apply during their senior year of high school. Applications can be submitted online. Students enrolled in high school at the time of application will need to have their final, official high school transcripts sent after graduation to the Admissions Office.

As part of their application, students should submit ACT or SAT test scores. As part of being adequately prepared for college-level coursework, students should have completed the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program requirements. An admissions counselor or high school guidance counselor can work with a student to ensure that one of these requirements has been met.

Students in the top 10% of their class are admitted with no minimum SAT or ACT requirements. Those who graduated outside the top 10% but within the first 25% must score at least 850 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT. Students graduating in the bottom quarter of their high school class can potentially be admitted after a careful review of their academic file.

Transfer students students must have attended an accredited institution and earned an overall GPO of at least 2.0. The university can exercise its discretion as to which credits to accept for transfer. Some programs may have additional requirements and expectations. International applicants must demonstrate both English proficiency and financial ability to cover their expenses while attending SFA. Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to contact the International Programs office for more information.

Students applying to the graduate programs at Stephen F. Austin State University should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying for specific application requirements and program deadlines. General requirements that apply to all programs include submission of GRE or other appropriate test scores (such as the GMAT) and a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 2.5.

Financial Aid

Tuition at Stephen F. Austin State University is competitive and affordable for Texas residents. Students applying from out of state and graduate students have higher costs. By agreement, students from Arkansas and Louisiana pay reduced out-of-state tuition.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Work-study programs are also available for eligible students. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) either online or on paper. Federal grants include the Pell Grant, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and the TEACH Grant. State grants include the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) and the Texas Grant. Meanwhile, the university makes available the Purple Promise and Lumberjack grants.

A number of academic and departmental scholarships are available; students who graduate in the top 10% of their class, for example, are automatically awarded the Academic Excellence Scholarship. This particular scholarship can be renewed for up to three more years.

Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of their tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about the availability and requirements of assistantships and fellowships.

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Students

Student life at Stephen F. Austin includes opportunities to participate and create a sense of community in a diverse range of activities and organizations. There are fraternities and sororities, academic and professional groups, religious organizations, cultural organizations, political groups, along with special interest groups such as the Aikido Club, the Writers’ Guild, and Students for Environmental Awareness.

The College of Fine Arts has gallery shows and exhibits. There are a number of musical ensembles on campus, including bands, madrigal singers, and a chamber orchestra. The Theater Department stages as many as four or five plays each year.

Some of the traditional events that occur annually on campus are Homecoming, tailgate parties at football games, the Watermelon Bash, and SpringFest. The campus is also home to a 19-acre arboretum.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Stephen F. Austin is an NCAA Division I School in multiple sports, and teams compete in the Southland Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and track and field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The sports teams are supported by a spirit squad, which includes a co-educational cheerleading squad, an all-women’s squad, and a pom squad. The team nickname is the Lumberjacks (women are the Ladyjacks).

Dating back to 1960, one of the university’s most interesting traditions is the annual football contest with nearby Northwest State University of Louisiana, in which the winner gets the 7½ foot wooden statue of Chief Caddo, a legendary Indian chief.

Athletes participate in the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, which assists students with transitions to a post-college non-athletic career and encourages community service.

Local Community

Stephen F. Austin is located in the East Texas town of Nacogdoches, which has a population of more than 30,000, according to the 2010 census. Nearby attractions include a reconstructed historical village, an 8-acre azalea garden, trails, a history museum, and a lake for fishing. The Convention and Visitors Bureau advertises Nacogdoches as the oldest town in the state, and archaeological digs have shown evidence of settlement going back 10,000 years.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 386th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 33 0.26

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 175 0.52
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 31 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 317 0.94
Larceny 894 2.65
Vehicle theft 49 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population32,850 (20,851 urban / 11,999 rural)
Households12,469 (2.33 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,482
Families7,180 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4801

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1059th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,992 $4,992 $13,488
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,824 $1,824 $1,824
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $266 $266 $620
FT Graduate Tuition $4,284 $4,284 $10,656
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,468 $1,468 $1,468
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $296 $296 $650
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,948 $22,948 $33,568
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,948 $22,948 $33,568
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,339 $14,339 $24,959

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,344 $7,928 $7,344 $7,928 $16,734 $18,458
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,107 $1,146
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,186 $8,476
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,529 $4,689
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,186 $8,476
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,529 $4,689
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,529 $4,689

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,383 (3,986 male / 7,397 female)
Admitted 6,474 (2,163 male / 4,311 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 2,253 (809 male / 1,444 female)
FT Enrollment 2,227 (801 male / 1,426 female)
PT Enrollment 26 (8 male / 18 female)
Total Enrollment12,772

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southland Conference

ACT Test Admission

820th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 50%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

881st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 78%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,898
Meals per Week20
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 38 475 229 31 9 1,751 52 2,597
Accounting 4 25 10 1 76 1 117
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 8 9
Agricultural Mechanization, General 1 2 3
Agricultural Production Operations, General 5 5
Agriculture, General 1 5 6
Animal Sciences, General 1 1 17 19
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1
Art Teacher Education 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 6 11 52 2 71
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 6 5 12
Audiology/Audiologist 2 9 11
Biochemistry 1 2 2 5 10
Biological and Physical Sciences 6 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 8 3 1 27 40
Biotechnology 6 2 2 1 11
Business Administration and Management, General 2 16 4 2 40 1 65
Business/Commerce, General 1 17 2 2 2 57 2 83
Business/Managerial Economics 5 1 7 13
Chemistry, General 1 2 4 1 8
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 6 1 1 28 1 37
Communication, General 3 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 9 11
Conducting 4 4
Corrections 9 1 3 13
Counseling Psychology
Creative Writing 13 13
Criminal Justice/Police Science 12 3 1 27 1 45
Dance, General 1 2 12 15
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 1 1 21 27
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 20 1 24
Economics, General 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 13 10 62 1 86
Elementary Education and Teaching 10 21 31
English Language and Literature, General 2 31 35
Environmental Science 2 1 1 16 1 21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 1 1 14 1 20
Fashion Merchandising 1 6 2 13 22
Finance, General 4 7 2 18 31
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 5 1 11 1 18
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 5 5
Forestry, General 10 10
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 10 10
Geography 1 8 9
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 16 1 20
Gerontology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 27 2 21 50
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1 2
History, General 2 3 28 1 34
Horticultural Science 10 11
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 5 2 38 1 47
Human Development and Family Studies, General 29 6 1 1 41 4 82
Information Technology 4 2 1 5 1 13
Interior Architecture 2 1 2 18 23
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 8 9 19
Journalism 9 3 29 1 42
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 44 17 1 1 109 6 181
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 2 2 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 11 12
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 16 6 37 62
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 1 5 1 13 20
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 7 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 32 27 6 265 4 337
Music Performance, General 1 1 1 1 5
Music Teacher Education 1 1 1 3 6
Music, General 3 7 48 58
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 6 7
Philosophy 1 4 5
Physics, General 1 1 1 11 14
Political Science and Government, General 6 7 13
Poultry Science 1 5 6
Psychology, General 1 12 12 3 59 1 88
Public Administration 5 1 4 1 11
Radio and Television 1 12 2 16 31
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 26 15 3 84 3 131
Rehabilitation Science 3 4 1 9 1 18
Rhetoric and Composition 5 2 1 21 1 30
School Psychology 1 8 9
Secondary Education and Teaching 6 2 1 16 25
Social Work 49 16 1 33 3 103
Sociology 4 3 12 1 20
Spanish Language and Literature 4 2 6
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 10 2 14
Special Products Marketing Operations 2 2
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 22 25
Statistics, General 2 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1 2 3
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 13 13

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1726th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,258 ($69,301 male / $53,738 female)
Number of FT Faculty 481 (256 male / 225 female)
Number of PT Faculty 657
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $10,335,544
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