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Admissions Process

Alternative Admissions

During this time of uncertainty, we want to reassure you we will continue to offer the Jacks PASS program this summer but with some alterations.

In response to COVID-19, SFA has shifted all summer coursework to distance education, which means the Jacks PASS program will be fully online for summer II. Participants will still be required to enroll in seven hours of coursework and be held to academic standards set in the contract, but this does mean students will not pay for housing or a meal plan.

Jacks PASS Summer Admission program

First-semester freshman applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may become eligible for admission by enrolling in the Jacks PASS (Pathway to Accelerated Student Success) Summer Admission program. Students who complete the necessary requirements to enroll in the program will be pre-registered for the 2020 summer II term at SFA and will be required to complete seven (7) semester credit hours including SFA 101.

Participants will be given a schedule from an Academic Advisor in the Student Success Center. The 2020 summer II semester begins on July 7th and ends on August 7th. Students who satisfactorily complete the program with an overall "C" (2.0) GPA and who do not have any grades of "F" will continue into the fall 2020 semester.


Students admitted to Jacks PASS must complete the high school recommended or distinguished program or the foundations program with an endorsement or the foundations program with a distinguished endorsement. Students who complete the basic or foundations program without an endorsement must meet the following college readiness standards regarding the SAT or ACT scores:

  • SAT: 1500 out of 2400 (This score requirement includes writing.)
  • New SAT: 1090 out of 1600 (Math plus Evidence Based Reading and Writing)
  • ACT: 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science

How to apply

Students wishing to attend the Jacks PASS Summer Admission program must complete the Jacks PASS Contract. Submit the completed form to the address below or email to

Mail: Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 13051
Nacogdoches, TX


  • The contract must be received by May 15, 2020.
  • Your bacterial meningitis shot record must be received by the Office of Admissions by May 29, 2020.
  • Students must satisfy Texas Success Initiative testing requirements by May 29, 2020.

Questions and more information

Visit the Jacks PASS page to learn more about the program and explore frequently asked questions.


Academic Opportunity Program

The Academic Opportunity Program is designed to identify first-semester freshman students who did not meet the admission requirements as a result of significant extenuating circumstances. The program is limited to a small number of students who provide adequate documentation with regard to their extenuating circumstance.

How to apply

The AOP application is available online or through the Office of Admissions. Complete applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis for the fall and spring semesters. Applications must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than five business days prior to the first day of classes.

Transfer Option

First-semester freshmen not meeting admission requirements may attend an accredited community college or four-year university to gain admission to SFA for a future semester. Students who successfully complete at least 15 semester hours of transferable work after high school graduation with a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale will be eligible for admission to SFA. Applicants will need to reapply for admission to SFA for the desired semester and submit official college transcript(s).



Office of Admissions
Fax: 936.468.3149
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Rusk Building
Room 206

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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