Welcome to our online graduate studies orientation. As a graduate student at SFA, there is a lot to know about navigating your way through all the services and resources available to you. During this orientation, you’ll be provided with information from various student service areas that will assist you throughout your time here at SFA.
SFA's primary focus is on student learning, and our knowledgeable faculty members work closely with students through mentored research and creative discovery projects. Your education and the connections you make in graduate school will help you in your future employment and throughout your life. Here at SFA, we challenge minds and change lives, one Lumberjack at a time.
mySFA is a portal on the SFA website where you can access your email, update your personal information, register for and drop classes, check your grades, view holds on your account, and pay tuition and fees. This is where you will receive the majority of communication from SFA, so be sure to check it regularly. For questions or technical support, call (936) 468-HELP.
Do you need assistance paying for Graduate School? At SFA, we offer eligible students a variety of financial resources to help fund their graduate education. Financial aid can be received through a grant, scholarship, loan or assistantship program. Payment plans and emergency loans through the university are also available. Read more about how to apply for financial aid.
The Office of the Registrar is where your enrollment records and details of your academic standing are housed. Through this office, you can change class schedules, request copies of official transcripts and receive duplicate diplomas.
The Business Office assists you with all financial transactions with the university. This includes payments for classes, refund checks and tuition waivers.
Disability Services collaboratively works with you to facilitate special support services for individual disability-related needs. Following acceptance to SFA, the process of obtaining services and accommodations begins with the completion of the application for services and submission of documentation.
Testing Services offers a variety of exams to students and community members. The testing center is open weekdays and is located on the third floor of the Rusk Building.
In addition to guiding international graduate students through the admission process and issuing required immigration documentation to apply for a student visa, the Office of International Programs provides students with many helpful resources. The office serves domestic students by acting as a link to the international community at SFA through coffee hours and cultural presentations. For more information about study abroad opportunities at SFA, contact OIP.
As you prepare to embark on the next chapter of your academic career, know that the staff members in Steen Library are there to assist you. Whether you are working on a thesis or a dissertation, an informational poster or a research paper, they can help you find the resources you need.
The Academic Assistance and Resource Center is happy to help students with writing papers. They check for common grammatical errors, such as run-on sentences and misplaced commas, and edit for missing or incorrect citations. Work with your professor for the content, and work with the AARC to polish your paper.
The simple interface makes it easy for you to navigate material, receive and complete assignments, participate in discussions, access your syllabi and grades, communicate with your instructor, and receive updates and announcements — regardless of your device choice.
ITS Tech Support
The technical support center, or TSC, provides technical services for all students at SFA as part of their tuition and fees. We assist students with email, mySFA, SFA wireless and Microsoft Office issues, as well as hardware repair for their personal devices, like computers, tablets and smartphones. We have two locations on campus, one in the Baker Pattillo Student Center and one in Steen Library. We have a technical support hotline, which can be reached at (936) 468-HELP, and are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Student Health Clinic
Once you become a Lumberjack, you can utilize the Student Health Clinic for services that include diagnosis and treatment of medical illnesses, wound care, physical exams, gynecological services and laboratory tests. Services are partially funded by a portion of the student services fee paid at registration, so students are usually seen at no charge.
When you need to buy or rent textbooks and purchase SFA gear and supplies for class, visit the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located inside the Baker Pattillo Student Center. If you’re unable to visit the bookstore, shop the store online.
SFA Campus Recreation offers several different facilities, services, and events for members and students to utilize and take part in. Facilities include basketball courts, tennis courts, two gyms, an indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sand volleyball courts, and state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment. SFA sport clubs offer a more competitive experience, with sports ranging from rugby and soccer to unique sports like Quidditch. Campus Rec also offers an adaptive sports program for individuals with disabilities, including visual impairments.