skip to main content

life at sfa


discover what to do for fun, our traditions, how to
get involved and other perks of life at sfa.

discover sfa fun

local coffee shops national favorites historic downtown local eateries historic sfa theater stephen f. austin building baker pattillo student center steen residence hall rec center & Lazy River homer bryce stadium ruby m.mize azalea garden beautiful east texas piney woods lake nacogdoches equine center

take a tour

pick your character, and take a ride to see all the fun things you can do on and off campus.

use arrow keys to move your bike along the road. be sure to click the dots along the way.

fishing and Hunting

fishing & Hunting

all you outdoorsy types will love the fishing and hunting options that are just a short drive from campus.

nearby shopping

nearby shopping

from the shops in historic downtown nacogdoches to nearby malls and retail stores, shopaholics will feel right at home.



we have quite a restaurant row just across north street from campus, including popular chains. or venture out into local favorites.



sfa boasts an on-campus movie theater and fine arts performances. nacogdoches has a strong live music scene offering plenty of local entertainment, too.


on-campus dining

get your grub on at familiar chains like chick-fil-a and panda express, or dig into the delicious fare at our dining halls.



if you want to sleep under the stars or snuggle up around a campfire, you’re coming to the right place. there are plenty of nearby campsites.

intramural sports

intramural sports

from flag football to softball to wiffle ball, stay involved with sports you love. or discover new ones.

rec center

rec center

lazy river? check. on-site nutritionists and masseuses? check and check. all the exercise equipment you could ever want? check.

Sports Clubs

sport clubs

sport clubs, ranging from baseball to ultimate frisbee, bridge the gap between intramural activities and our varsity athletics.

sporting events

sporting events

cheer on the lumberjacks and ladyjacks as they vie for championships in 15 division i men’s and women’s sports.

water recreation

water recreation

lakes and rivers and pools… oh my! splash into fun and cool down at our rec center or any of the many surrounding bodies of water.



sfa has a climbing wall in the rec center and hosts clinics and trips for climbers of all experience levels.

hike and Bike

hike & Bike

we have miles and miles of hiking and biking trails on and near campus. so you’ll have plenty of places to explore!


traditions & spirit

axe ’em, jacks!

when you attend an sfa sporting event, you’re sure to hear lumberjack fans cheering, “axe ’em, jacks!” and flashing our hand sign. find out how we became the lumberjacks in the first place.

learn more >

athletic traditions

after more than 90 years, it should come as no surprise that we have a rich collection of athletic traditions, including our purple haze cheering section, battle of the piney woods and our faithful cannon, ole cotton.

learn more >
lumberjack pride

lumberjack pride

lumberjack pride runs deep on campus and stays with sfa graduates long after they’ve moved on. discover some of the interesting ways lumberjacks show their school pride.

learn more >

the axe handle

every sfa freshman receives an axe handle to personalize with their own lumberjack spirit. students can be seen (and heard) banging axe handles on the bleachers at sfa football games.

learn more >

get involved

  • Clubs & Organizations
  • want to get involved and make a difference? want to develop leadership skills? just looking to make new friends? with nearly 250 student clubs and organizations at sfa, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network with lumberjacks who share your interests. if you’re ready to search our clubs and organizations for the perfect fit, learn more.

  • community service

    at sfa, our students take pride in giving back to the community – it’s the lumberjack way. see how you can get involved.

    Learn more >
  • freshman leadership

    lumberjacks make great leaders! you’ll find exciting leadership opportunities from the first day you step onto the sfa campus.

    Learn more >

ready to join the fun?

meet new people, make friends and get involved.

campus highlights

housing & dining

Residence Hall Room

where to live

some people call them dorms. we call them residence halls. whatever you call them, living on campus is the best way to soak up the full university experience. quickly make new friends as one of 5,000 students in our 11 residence halls, and take advantage of the support of our friendly residence life staff members.

more >
sfa Dining

where to eat

on or off campus, you’ll never be far from delicious dining at sfa. from familiar national chains to local favorites, you’ll find plenty of places to grab a bite or a coffee. students also enjoy on-campus meal plans with fun theme nights and options for special dietary needs.

more >

health & safety

ready to see sfa in person?

request information for future students

please fill out the form below to receive information from sfa. if you’re not a future student and want to reach out to us, use our contact form.

fields marked with * are required.

who are you?*

date of birth*

mailing address (be sure to add your apt. or unit # or p.o. box, if applicable)*

when would you like to attend sfa and what will be your major?

are you any of these types of students?