Stephen F. Austin State University

Admission for Undergraduate Students

International Freshman must have at least a 2.500 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on all secondary coursework.

SCHOLARSHIP! Don't forget to also apply for the OIP/SFA International Student Scholarship! With this scholarship, you will receive $1,000 and you will also pay resident tuition rates - check out the requirements and the application here -

To apply as an International Freshman (first-year student), you must submit the following documents:

  1. International Application for Admission and $50 Application Fee. You must apply using the Texas Common Application website.
  2. English Proficiency Proof: Official TOEFL score report issued directly by ETS (school code is 6682), IELTS or PTE score report - all tests must have been taken within the last 2 years to be valid. You may be considered for Conditional Admission if your scores do not meet the proficiency requirement (see note below).
  3. Credential Evaluation* of all transcripts from all secondary schools attended showing all courses taken and all grades received. (See special note for Transfer Students below)
  4. Official ACT or SAT (not required for admission). Although not required, these tests may be used to satisfy requirements for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).
  5. Proof that you have received the bacterial meningitis vaccination (if younger than 22 years of age).
  6. A copy of your passport biographical page.

* Credential Evaluation - We will accept a credential evaluation from most recognized companies. Although we do not recommend any one company, we do have previous experience with the following: Foreign Credential Services of America -; World Education Services -

Conditional Admission - if you have not provided a passing English score report with your application for admission

Upon arrival at SFA and prior to enrolling in your academic courses, you would be required to submit a passing TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score report, pass the in-house English proficiency exam, or enroll in and successfully complete our English Language Institute (ELI)±. All English tests must have been taken within the last 2 years to be considered valid for admission.


Students who have not demonstrated English Proficiency and opt to take the English proficiency exam at SFA will be required to pay $50 upon arrival for the exam (this option is ONLY available to students who are currently in the U.S. and able to take the exam at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the academic term).

± Please note that the ELI does not provide beginning English instruction. Students should already possess an intermediate level of English proficiency. To succeed in the ELI program, students should enter with skills equivalent to a score no lower than a 58 on the TOEFL or a 5.5 on the IELTS. Students should have a solid grasp of English grammar, be able to comprehend and respond to conversational English, read and comprehend lower-level academic texts, and write complex sentences. For most students, a minimum of three years' previous study of English is necessary for success in the program.

If accepted, you would be required to submit the following documents prior to any acceptance letter and I-20 being issued:

International Transfer Applicants should follow the same steps as above and must have at least a 2.000 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on all post-secondary coursework.

All transfer students who wish to attempt to transfer credits from another institution must submit a course by course credential evaluation with their application materials. Syllabi from courses may also be requested.

If you are applying as a Transfer Student from another US College or University, you must also submit a School Transfer Eligibility form completed by you and your current International Student Advisor.