SFA is looking forward to meeting your needs as a new freshman. You are encouraged to apply for admission anytime during your senior year of high school, so find out why over 12,000 current Lumberjacks truly love SFA.
An Undergraduate Application for Admission may be submitted as early as one year prior to enrollment, typically in September of the senior year of high school.
Application Fee - All applicants
All new undergraduate admission applicants are required to submit a non-refundable application fee of $45. The application fee for international admission applicants is $50..
State of Texas Uniformed Admission Standards – All freshmen applicants
Per Texas state law, Uniform Admissions Policy, TEC 51.803-51.809 requires that all students must meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas Four-year Public Institution.
First-semester freshmen applicants are those who have graduated from high school and have not attended a college or university since high school graduation. Students who have participated in a high school dual credit program or concurrent enrollment program while in high school are considered first-semester freshmen. Freshmen applicants must submit official test results from either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), official high school transcript with diploma type/graduation type and class rank.
Admission Policy – First-Semester Freshmen graduates of Accredited and Ranking High Schools
SFA requires first-time freshmen applicants to have completed the Recommended High School Program, the Distinguished Achievement Program, Endorsement Program with Algebra II or Distinguished with Endorsement Program to ensure they have received adequate preparation for college-level work. Applicants who have not completed one of these programs will need to demonstrate that they have completed a high school curriculum more rigorous than what is required of the Minimum Graduation Plan, Basic Plan or Foundation. Applicants from accredited private high schools and out-of-state high schools will be required to complete a curriculum similar to the Recommended High School Program, Distinguished Achievement Program, Endorsement program with Algebra II or Distinguished with Endorsement Program.
Applicants for admission to Stephen F. Austin State University will also be required to meet the following class rank and minimum test scores:
|High School Rank||SAT Score *
(Not including writing)
(Not including writing)
|Top 10%||no minimum score||no minimum score|
|4th Quarter||File Review||File Review|
*Students enrolling at SFA are required to submit the SAT Reasoning Test with writing scores or the ACT with writing scores. At this time, admission requirements do not include writing scores. All requirements subject to change.
Those applicants who graduate from non-ranking high schools, non-accredited high schools, who are home schooled or received a General Education Development (GED) certificate will be assessed on an individual basis. Any student attending a non-ranking high school, non-accredited high school must submit an official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT scores. Home schooled applicants must submit official SAT or ACT scores and academic records of their high school curriculum. GED applicants must submit official GED scores and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants whose academic background indicates probability of success may be admitted.
Admission files of applicants who do not have a minimum of the Recommended High School Program, the Distinguished Achievement Program, Endorsement Program with Algebra II or Distinguished with Endorsement Program and those who do not meet the rank-in-class and test score requirements will be individually reviewed. Per Texas state law, Uniform Admissions Policy, TEC 51.803-51.809 requires that all students must meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas Four-year Public Institution.
Admission will be offered to those applicants who demonstrate potential for academic success. It is recommended that applicants complete Part II of the Texas Common Application as this information will assist with the review process. Factors used in the review process include an applicant’s high school record to include high school preparation, class rank, and standardized test score on the SAT or ACT. Additional factors such as high school activities, responsibilities while attending high school, and bilingual proficiency. Admission will be granted to students who have been awarded competitive scholarships by an official SFA scholarship committee and meet the Uniform Admissions Policy, TEC 51.803-51.809.
Freshmen applicants who have attempted college-level courses while in high school must earn a 2.0 minimum grade point average on all attempted transferable college course work. Failure to do so may result in the imposition of academic probation during the first semester of enrollment or the withdrawal of the SFA admission offer. Other than the Dual Credit or Concurrent Enrollment Program, SFA does not admit any applicant for any semester that begins prior to the graduation of his/her high school class.
Admissions Checklist for First-Semester Freshmen
Submit the following items:
Points of Interest for First-Semester Freshman
Bacterial Meningitis Requirement
If you are new to the campus, State law requires students to have a Meningitis shot at least 10 days prior to enrollment. Your housing assignment will not be complete until your meningitis vaccination record is received. For additional information, go to Bacterial Meningitis.