Helping you succeed
Need help selecting classes? Want to explore career paths that align with your interests? Have questions about declaring or changing your major? Your SFA advisor can provide you with the advice and guidance you need to make the most of your time as a Lumberjack.
In addition to helping you with your major and degree plan, your advisor can help you:
- Strengthen your study skills
- Get on track if you’re struggling academically
- Track your academic progress
- File for graduation
Finding your advisor
To find your advisor or to make an appointment, follow the steps below:
1. Log into mySFA
2. Click on the "Advising" tab
3. In the "My Advisor" portal, go to your assigned advisor
4. Click on "Schedule an appointment with your advisor"
Freshmen and Sophomores with up to 45 hours in English and Psychology, as well as prospective students interested in these programs, can contact the advisor below.
Office: Ferguson 291
Freshmen and Sophomores with up to 45 hours in Communication Studies and History, as well as prospective students interested in these programs, can contact the advisor below.
Office: Ferguson 291
For additional assistance, please call 936.468.2805.
What is a degree plan? And when do I need to file one?
A degree plan summarizes what you have taken so far and what is left for you to take to complete your degree. You must file one once you have completed 45 hours of college credits. To start the process, visit the Advising Center.
What if I want to change my major or minor?
Changing your major or minor is easy. Just visit with the advising center of the college that houses your new major or minor.
Students on academic probation or suspension may change majors with an approval from their current and receiving deans.
What is academic probation?
A student is placed on academic probation after the first regular semester in which the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation whose semester grade point average is 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue on academic probation until the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher. Academic probation will continue until the student achieves good standing or is placed on academic suspension.
What is academic suspension?
A student on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension if the student's semester grade point average falls below 2.0.
A student on academic suspension may be allowed to continue in the university through any of the following procedures:
- Meet conditions established by the student’s dean.
- Be readmitted provisionally automatically after one regular semester’s absence from the university. Following a second or subsequent academic suspension and absence from the university for two regular semesters, be readmitted automatically. Summer terms are exempt from periods of academic suspension. Automatic readmission will not occur if the student takes courses elsewhere and fails to attain a grade point average of 2.0 for those courses.
- After the first academic suspension, attend summer school at SFA and either raise the cumulative grade point average to 2.0 or above or obtain a grade point average of 2.0 or above for at least 9 semester credit hours in courses specified by the student’s dean.
How, and when, do I file for graduation?
Apply in person at the Rusk Building, Room 201 (this is the preferred method for undergraduate students).
You can also apply for graduation by mail/e-mail. Visit the Registrar's website for more information.
Application dates vary depending on which semester you plan to graduate. Please refer to the list below:
- May commencement - Applications are taken September 15 through November 15 of prior year.
- August commencement - Applications are taken January 2 through March 2 of same year.
- December commencement - Applications are taken April 1 through June 1 of same year.