Chart a course for success
Looking for help choosing classes? Interested in exploring potential career paths in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Your SFA advisor will help you design a program of study that aligns with your goals and interests – and they’ll also help you keep track of your academic progress along the way.
But your advisor does much more than that. In addition to helping you with your degree plan, your advisor can help you:
- Change your major or minor
- Strengthen your study skills
- Get on track if you’re struggling academically
- File your degree plan
- File for graduation
Finding your advisor
To find your advisor or to make an appointment, follow the steps below:
- Log into mySFA
- Click on the "Advising" tab
- In the "My Advisor" portal, go to your assigned advisor
- Click on "Schedule an appointment with your advisor"
For additional assistance, please call 936.468.3902, or visit Suite 127 of the Miller Science Building.
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 majors or minors?
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 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 GPA falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation whose semester GPA is 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue on academic probation until the cumulative GPA 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 GPA 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; or
- Be readmitted automatically on a provisional basis 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 GPA of 2.0 for those courses; or
- After the first academic suspension, attend summer school at Stephen F. Austin State University and either raise the cumulative GPA to 2.0 or above or obtain a GPA 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. You’ll need to fill out the appropriate form:
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.