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University Mission


The main campus includes 406 acres, part of the original homestead of Thomas J. Rusk, early Texas patriot and United States senator. In addition, the university maintains a 642-acre agricultural research center for beef, poultry and swine production and an equine center; an 18.7-acre experimental forest in southwestern Nacogdoches County, a 25.3-acre forestry field station on Lake Sam Rayburn, and a Science Center on a 15.8-acre tract of land on Hwy. 259 approximately five miles from the main SFA campus.

In an impressive setting of pine trees and natural beauty, the university has some 28 instructional buildings and numerous student housing options representing an investment of approximately $500 million.

Construction recently completed totals more than $168 million. Lumberjack Lodge, a four-story apartment-style housing complex, and a 750-space parking garage were completed in fall 2006. A $30 million student center renovation and expansion was completed in 2007 and features a three-story atrium, movie theater, food court and retail shops. A student recreation center opened in 2007. It features a large cardio-fitness and weight area, indoor elevated walking and jogging track, aerobics and dance rooms, climbing rock, leisure pool and spa, glass-backed racquetball courts, outdoor adventure center, and outdoor sand volleyball and basketball courts. SFA celebrated the opening of its $30.8 million Early Childhood Research Center in July 2009. The 120,000-square-foot facility brings under one roof the nationally accredited Early Childhood Laboratory, “exemplary” rated University Charter School and award-winning Department of Elementary Education. SFA is the only university in Texas operating both an early childhood laboratory and a charter school in conjunction with educator-preparation programs with a proven track record of success.

A gift of property from the family of Richard and Lucille DeWitt made possible a facility for SFA’s School of Nursing, which was dedicated in 2010.
Construction was completed in August 2011 for Lumberjack Landing, a 400-bed freshman residence hall where students have access to tutoring, supplemental classes, staff-led study sessions and a computer lab.

By balancing a program of new construction with one of ongoing renovation of older structures, the institution has created an attractive, modern and functional living and learning environment for its students and a center of intellectual and cultural enhancement for the region.