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Admission Requirements - Transfer Students

Welcome Transfer Students!

Whether you started off at a two-year college or are considering transferring to Stephen F. Austin State University from another university, you will love being a Lumberjack!  You’ve already gotten your college career off to a great start, and things will only get better at SFA. Once you are familiar with the transfer requirements, you can apply online.

Transferring to SFA can be very simple, and you may even be eligible for scholarship assistance reserved specifically for transfer students!  After you complete your application, you will receive important information regarding transfer credits, housing, financial aid and scholarships, and transfer student orientation. Our student transfer checklist provides detailed month-by-month information that will be a great guide for you. 

We want to provide the information you need to make your transfer as simple as possible.  If you need additional details, please feel free to give us a call.  SFA offers great academics as well as opportunities for student involvement, and transfer students make great Lumberjacks!

Students seeking admission should make every effort to complete the Admission Procedure for College Transfer Students checklist below. An Undergraduate Application for Admission may be submitted as early as one year prior to enrollment. Early college transfer applicants may have the opportunity to early register for classes. Inquire about early registration by calling the Office of Admissions at (936) 468-2504.

Admission Procedure for College Transfer Students (Checklist)

Submit the following items to the SFA Office of Admissions, PO Box 13051 SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962:

  • A complete Undergraduate Application for Admission with a $45 application fee.
  • Activate your MySFA account and email immediately after receiving login credentials by mail.
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended to be forwarded to the Office of Admissions regardless of whether transfer credit was earned or is desired.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to Visit SFA!
  • Search Transfer Scholarships
  • All students must satisfy the Immunization Record requirements prior to being able to register for classes.

Following receipt of the completed application and all transcripts, previous collegiate studies are evaluated for transferable credit. Applicants are notified by mail of their admission status and the transferability of course work.

Once you are notified of your acceptance via mail, please refer to your mySFA email address, which will be used frequently as a means of communication to provide important news, reminders and deadlines. We encourage you to visit SFA and to attend Transfer Orientation! Students are also advised to contact the Residence Life Department regarding SFA's policy on living in Residence Halls.

Students with military experience should refer to the Veterans Affairs coordinator.

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Admission Policy for College Transfer Students

Students who have previously attended a regionally accredited institution must apply as transfer students. Those college transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 15 semester hours of transferable college credit must have an overall 2.0 grade point average on all transferable work attempted and must also satisfy eligibility requirements for first-semester freshmen.

To be considered a transfer student, you must

  • have completed 15 transferable hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all transferable work attempted
  • not currently be on suspension from another educational institution
  • submit a transfer application
  • provide a $45 application fee (or qualify for a fee waiver)

All students are subject to all applicable Texas Success Initiative requirements. SFA accepts credit with appropriate scores through CLEP, College Board Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate .

Students transferring to SFA can review Equivalency Guides to check course transferability. Students planning to attend a two-year college before transferring to SFA should review the two-year planning guides and Core Curriculum Equivalency Guide to help ensure their courses will transfer to SFA.

You can also find useful information about the Texas Common Course Numbering System at

Students not meeting the admission requirements may become eligible for admission by attending SFA during the summer semester(s) on provisional admission, or by applying through Transfer Admission Appeals. For more information on these options, please contact the SFA Office of Admissions at (936) 468-2504.

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