Newly Admitted Students
You just got your SFA acceptance letter. It’s official: you’re a Lumberjack. Congrats!
So, now what?
Getting ready for college is exciting, but it can be a little overwhelming, too. And if you’re like most college-bound students, you probably have plenty of questions about what happens next. Use this page as a guide to some of the things you should see, do and decide before you start the next chapter of your life at SFA.
First things first
If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to:
Set up your mySFA account
Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, housing assignments, orientation confirmation and class registration are all done through mySFA.
Apply for housing
Use mySFA to apply for housing. Early applicants can begin applying for their specific housing preference after December 18th, and other first-year students can start applying April 1st.
Apply for financial aid
Get started early! You don’t have to be admitted to apply for aid and scholarships. Learn more about the different aid options that may be available to you, like grants, loans, scholarships and more.
Your next step to becoming a Lumberjack is attending an orientation session. Orientation attendance is required for incoming freshmen and is recommended for transfer students.
During orientation, you’ll have the chance to get to know the campus, ask questions and learn more about academic programs and areas of study. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with academic advisors and faculty members.
You’ll need to reserve your spot ahead of time, either online or via mail. If you have any questions about orientation, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a first-year student, you are required to attend a two-day freshman orientation session before you register for your classes. We offer 5 freshman orientation sessions.
Remember that you won’t be able to register for classes until you attend orientation, so the sooner you attend, the sooner you can create your schedule.
Students are required to attend all programs and information sessions during freshman orientation. You can see a sample orientation schedule here.
If you’re coming to SFA from a community college or another university, you’re not required to attend an orientation session. But if you’d like to get to know a little more about SFA and get an early start to registration, you can attend a one-day transfer orientation session. We offer 3 transfer orientation sessions.
Register for orientation
The vast majority of SFA students register for classes online, but we do offer registration by mail as well.
If you prefer to register by mail, you can download and print a reservation form. Return your completed reservation form, plus a check or money order made out to Stephen F. Austin State University, to the Orientation Programs Office, P.O. Box 6074, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3032.
After you register for classes, you’ll want to:
Get into the SFA spirit!
What is an axe handle? And why do we decorate them? What’s the Purple Haze? How do you make the SFA hand signal?
Part of being a new Lumberjack is learning about all of the traditions that make SFA such a unique school. Check out our traditions page to learn more. And don’t forget to learn the words to our school songs – you’ll need them when you attend your first Lumberjacks football game!
Jack Camp is a three-day camp for new students. Jack Camp is held at a campground in Trinity, Texas, and it combines fun outdoor activities with events that help you get to know your fellow Lumberjacks and make a successful transition to college life.
Still deciding? Weigh your options
Many college-bound students apply to two or three schools, and that means it’s not unusual to end up with more than one acceptance letter.
If you’re trying to decide between SFA and another school, it’s time to start doing some research and weighing your options. Here are some things you can do to help choose the school that’s the best fit for you:
If you haven’t had a chance to see SFA in person, we definitely recommend taking a campus tour. We offer several types of tours, from guided weekday tours to our awesome Showcase Saturday open house event.
SFA is located in Nacogdoches, just a few hours away from several major cities. Visit this page for driving directions.
Get to know Nacogdoches
If you like the outdoors, you can’t ask for a better place to go to school. Nacogdoches is located in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods, so you’re never far from fishing, camping, boating and hiking.
Browse activities and student groups
SFA is home to nearly 250 student organizations, from cultural and religious organizations to clubs dedicated to specific hobbies or professions. Whether you’re into anime, politics, social issues or community service, you’ll find other students who share your interests.