Stephen F Austin State University (SFA) was established in 1923 as an independent, regional institution in Nacogdoches, Texas. About 64% of the 13000 students enrolled in the university are females. SFA boasts of a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 and an average class size of 27.
Stephen F. Austin State University offers various programs for its bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Approximately 80 undergraduate majors are offered at the institution. SFA maintains a selective admission policy with an admission rate of 62%.
Top Undergraduate Programs for international students are Accounting, Computer Science, Finance, Interior Design, International Business, and Marketing. While most popular graduate programs among international applicants are Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Management, Mathematics, and Music among others.
Applications for admission are accepted for the Fall, Spring, and Summer intakes. Though a rolling admission university, however, international applicants need to apply by specific deadlines.
Ranked 125th in Top Performers on Social Mobility in the year 2020 by US News.
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Ranked 267th in Best College for Athletics in Americain the year 2020 by Niche.
|Type of University||Public|
|Faculty Members||532 full-time; 209 part-time|
|Number of Undergraduate Seats||11,398|
|Number of Postgraduate Seats||1,746|
|Percentage of International Students||1%|
|Annual Acceptance Rate||62%|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Undergraduate Students||USD18,276|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Graduate Students||USD14,346|
|Test Scores Accepted||SAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS, GRE/GMAT|
Stephen F. Austin State University offers admissions to its 120+ areas of study/concentrations, 44 masters’ and three doctoral degrees as well as 23 online degree and certification programs within the following six academic colleges:
The College of Education has the maximum number of enrollment followed by the College of Liberal & Applied Arts.
On-campus residence facilities at SFA consist of 14 residence halls within the campus limits for incoming freshmen, honors students and upperclassmen. Please note that it is mandatory for all students below 21 years of age to stay on campus until they have completed 60 credit hours of their program.
Spread over 417 acres of a picturesque locale in the heart of East Texas in historic Nacogdoches, the SFA campus is just a few hours’ drive from both Houston and Dallas. Apart from instructional facilities, library, and housing facilities, the campus houses a 14000-seater stadium, space observatory-the largest in Texas, a thriving student center and a very popular student recreation center.
How to apply: International students can apply to the university through the Texas Common Application.
Application fee: Students need to submit a non-refundable fee of 50 USD along with the application form.
Admission Eligibility and Requirements:
Upon acceptance, international applicants need to submit an original bank statement verifying the availability of funds of at least 28,902 USD for undergraduates; or 24,972 USD for graduate students and an original certification of finances form.
All transcripts and supporting application material should be either emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via post.
International students who are non-native English speakers need to submit the scores of English Proficiency tests. The minimum required score to be eligible to apply the university are mentioned below:
International students while estimating the budget to study in the USA should include other additional expenses like transportation fees and personal expenses. The table below presents the estimated cost of attendance at SFA for an undergraduate and graduate student for one academic year:
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees||18,276 USD|
|Graduate Tuition and Fees||14,346 USD|
|Room and Meals||7,926 USD|
|Books, Supplies, and Insurance||2,700 USD|
Several scholarships and financial aid for international students to afford their study in the USA. Scholarships are available to international students pursuing a regular academic program at SFA. Some of them are listed below:
|Scholarship||Scholarship Amount||Scholarship Eligibility|
|OIP/SFA International Scholarship||1,000 USD||Undergraduate students with 2.75 GPA. OR|
Graduate students with 3.25 GPA
|University Regents Scholarship||3,000 USD||Students in the top 15% of their HS graduating class, OR|
Have an SAT combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 1220 OR
An ACT composite score of at least 27
|Academic Excellence Scholarship||3,000 USD||Students who rank in the top 10% of their HS graduating class OR|
Rank in the top quarter of their graduating class and earn a minimum score of 1100 on the SAT Reasoning Test OR
Score 1170 on the newly formatted SAT Test or 24 on the ACT
The SFA Alumni Association connects approximately 109,480 living alumni spread across the globe and promotes the noble sense of continued loyalty and support for its alma mater. Some high-flying alumni of SFA are Will Jennings (Oscar and Grammy Award-winning songwriter), Joseph W. Kennedy (Co-Discoverer of plutonium), Paul Beran (Chancellor, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith), Casey Coffman (Executive Vice President, Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sports), Dianne Baker (Former Head Coach-Softball at Texas Woman’s University).
|Average Cost of Attendance||$22,866 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||2 : 1|
|Stephen F. Austin State University Enrollment||14493|
|Average Graduation Rate||46.0%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$22,866 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$15,465 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,202 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$8,868 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$3,490 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$8,868 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$3,490 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$3,454 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$3,490 / Year|
|Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Arts Programs||National Association of Schools of Art and Design|
|Language Programs||Commission on English Language Program Accreditation|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing|
|Programs||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Programs||American Speech-Language-Hearing Association|
|Programs||National Association of Schools of Theatre|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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I chose this college because it is a good program for my major. It was also far enough away from home for me to feel like I could be my own person. I also really liked the wooded area surrounding the town and the small campus.
In the beginning, I hated taking all the basic requirements. When I started moving to some upper-level classes, I was worried about not being prepared for the real world. Now, I love my classes and I can't wait to take more.
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