Ranked #23 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) delivers a quality education. SFA's beautiful 418-acre campus, located in Nacogdoches, offers the perfect backdrop for walking, jogging, biking and other outdoor pursuits. Nacogdoches is home to East Texas landmarks, quaint shops, dining opportunities and a variety of recreational activities.
The SFA Graduate School offers 39 masters and three doctoral degrees. Graduate students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with professors on important research projects; study abroad in places like China, Costa Rica and Italy; and further develop their work and leadership skills by serving in internship programs throughout the community.
SFA strives to provide affordable, high-quality education by maintaining reasonable educational costs. The average total yearly cost for a qualified international student with the Office of International Programs scholarship is less than $17,000.
Three types of master's and doctoral assistantships may be offered (teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or administrative assistantship), depending on the needs of the academic units, available funds, and the qualifications of the individual graduate student. These positions require 20 hours of work per week, and the award amount ranges from $9,225 to $20,000 per year.
SFA provides comprehensive resources to help students succeed academically, engage fully in the co-curriculum, and meet their personal and academic goals.
Office of International Programs - The Office of International Programs provides a wide range of support to all international students. Office staff members assist students through the application process, from pick up at the airport to arrival on campus and beyond. New students attend a two-day orientation to help familiarize them with campus, the resources available to them, and details of getting ready for academic and social life at SFA. The office hosts several events throughout the semester to bring international students together with the campus community to exchange ideas, expand awareness of international issues and help internationalize the campus, including coffee hours, student presentations, and the international friendship program.
Academic Support - The Academic Assistance and Resource Center, located in Steen Library, is a major contributor to student success and support for faculty. The AARC hires more than 150 tutors per year and trains them in interpersonal communication, study skills, time management, and independent learning strategies.
Health, Safety and Wellness - SFA provides many services to assist students in maintaining their personal health, safety and wellness. The University Health Services clinic offers preventive and medical services to all currently enrolled students with most services available to students without charge. SFA also provides free and confidential counseling services to assist students in achieving educational and personal goals that contribute to their development.
Campus Recreation, with a $24 million facility that features basketball courts, a climbing wall, racquetball courts and an 80,000-square-foot courtyard and outdoor pool, promotes a wellness-focused lifestyle and encourages healthy choices and social interaction. The total student experience is enhanced through participation in educational activities and fitness programs, outdoor pursuits, aquatics and intramural sports.
International students are encouraged to live in on-campus residence halls. Each hall has a live-in director who maintains a community environment; coordinates building services, including safety and security; handles discipline issues; and coordinates residence life programs and activities.
Security is a high priority, and SFA provides the safest possible environment for residents using a variety of personal and technological solutions (emergency call stations, card key access control system, and video surveillance).
Getting involved in extracurricular activities is a great way to enhance your skills, meet new people and forge lasting relationships. The hub of activities on the SFA campus can be found at Student Affairs, which includes the student activities office, leadership programs, and spirit and orientation programs.
"Studying at SFA has been a blessing for me. I feel somewhat surreal being in a place that offers the full university experience. From watching college basketball games to living in dorms, SFA will definitely show you what American culture is like. As a Filipino, the small number of Asian students and international students has not been a problem for me, as being surrounded mostly by Americans allows me to dive easily into their culture and also presents an opportunity to express my cultural upbringing. Living away from my family, there is still a sense of guidance that I feel thanks to the staff members from the International Programs."
"Studying at Stephen F. Austin State University has become one of my life changing experiences. All the staff and faculty are nice and friendly. My thoughts about life have totally changed after I moved to USA. Away from home I never felt alone because of the friendly environment, I got to meet people from different part of the world share my culture and got to know about their culture. The environment is quiet and beautiful surrounded by the woods."
"SFA University has been playing a crucial role in my life. I recently started my master´s degree and I feel at home studying here! My professors are respectful experts, polite and funny when they need to be; and they are very attentive to help the students. SFA is a cozy and diverse University - I feel welcomed in here. In addition, the staff from the international student department is always available to help the foreign students, which makes me feel secure. I am very excited about my studies because I believe that this experience will significantly impact my career."
"My husband and I are both international graduate students at SFA, and we love it! The campus is gorgeous and provides many quiet areas for studying. The Academic Assistant Resource Center (AARC) is a place where you can get free supplemental instruction in groups or individual help from tutors. In the past, I have gotten help with writing skills and grammar, and now I am fully capable of writing research articles for journals. Going to a university in a small town has many benefits, for example, professors are almost always available to provide advice and help because the student/professor ratio is not overwhelming. The tuition cost is not as expensive compared to universities located in big cities, and the same applies to rent and living expenses. Also, everything is convenient and close by."
"SFA nurtures a blend of various cultures. It is a perfect place to experience and learn different cultural backgrounds while broadening your perspectives. I found the staff super supportive and professional. The university has a recreation center, library, cinema and walking trails bestowed with beautiful wild nature. It is an “all-in-one place” opportunity to get a nourishing university experience."