Stephen F. Austin State University


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it mandatory that students stay in the residence hall if I am from Nacogdoches or plan to live off campus in the fall?
Yes. We give each Orientation student a sample of the real college experience. There are also mandatory sessions at night with the Orientation Leaders at the residence halls. (Note: All students will stay in Steen Hall. Males and Females will be in separate towers)
Why is there a fee to attend orientation?
There are massive amounts of preparation work for each student and parent/family member before they attend Orientation. There are many people involved in the Orientation process. The cost also covers each student's room and board, meals, a Purple Haze t-shirt, publications when they are at Orientation, and administrative costs. Parents and family members wishing to stay off-campus will need to make their own lodging accommodations. Please visit for a listing of local accommodations.
Is Lumberjack Orientation mandatory?
YES, Lumberjack Orientation is mandatory for all incoming first-year students who have graduated in the same year regardless of how many hours they are transferring in. In order to register for courses, each first-year student MUST attend a Lumberjack Orientation session.

Transfer Lumberjack Orientation is not mandatory, however, it is highly recommended. Students transferring from a different college or university should contact their Academic Advisor for course advising if they choose not to attend Transfer Lumberjack Orientation. Students attending Transfer Lumberjack Orientation will have the opportunity to meet their Academic Advisor and receive assistance registering for courses.
When can I register for classes if I don't come to Orientation?
Students who do not attend Orientation will be released to register for fall classes in mid-August. It is the student's responsibility to contact the academic department of their major for academic advising. Contact the Orientation Office for further Orientation options.
I took a TSI test but, I am still waiting on my scores. Should I come to Orientation?
Yes. Even though you may not have your scores from your TSI test, you will still benefit from attending Orientation. Students who attend Orientation without TSI scores having been received by SFA will not be allowed to register for fall semester classes until those scores are received by the university. Once we receive your scores, you may register from home via the internet since you will have already been advised about your overall schedule. You may check your record at SFA to see the scores we have on file for you. Log in to your MySFA account, choose "Self Service Banner," choose "Student," then choose "View Test Scores" to see all the scores SFA has received and entered. If you need to speak with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center about your placement or additional testing requirements, call the Center at 936-468-5803. For additional information about TSI, please visit the TSI web site at:
I haven't taken a TSI test. What should I do?

Students who need TSI testing must take the approved Texas Success Initiative Assessment test prior to registration for classes. You may test at any location and send your scores to SFA, or you may arrange to take the TSI Assessment test on campus during your Orientation session. Students who do not need or want to take the full TSI Assessment exam can choose to take only specific sections (each section will cost $25.00 to take). We do offer a chance to take the test Thursday morning before check in. Please contact Testing Services at 936-468-3958 to reserve a time to take the exam during Orientation. Contact the Academic Advising Center at 936-468-5803 to determine which subject tests to take and to arrange for submission of test scores. You may also visit MySFA as described above to check on your own scores and view which scores are already on file with SFA.

Is it required to attend sessions on both days of Orientation?
Yes. Each day is mandatory.
Do parents/family members need to come?
Parents/Family members are encouraged to attend Orientation with their student. Over 70% of parents/family members attend Parent/Family Orientation. There are many topics about which parent/family members need detailed information.
Can I pay my fall semester bill while at Orientation?
Complete tuition and bill statements will not be available until mid-August. However, you may put money towards your tuition and fees once you have registered for classes during Orientation. Room and board changes will not be added to your fall bill until August. Please note that tuition statements will NOT be mailed to your home address, they will be available through your mySFA Ebill account in August.
How can I get to Orientation if I don't have transportation?

It is the responsibility of the student to arrange transportation to and from Orientation. Students desiring to share a ride may contact the Orientation Program office at (936) 468-6641 to obtain a list of fellow students from the same area who are attending the same Orientation two weeks prior to the Orientation session start date. Students may then contact each other about arranging transportation.

The city of Nacogdoches is serviced by Kerrville-Coach U.S.A. Students arriving by bus will need additional transportation form the bus terminal to the campus. The University Police Department provides bus transfer service to current incoming SFA students free of charge. Students needing to use the service should call the University Police Department (936) 468-2608 at least 48 hours prior to their arrival on campus to arrange to pick up. Please have your name, social security or student ID number, the Orientation session you are attending and your bus schedule.

Where do I go when I get to Nacogdoches?
Students and family members will need to check-in across from Steen Hall, at East College Cafeteria. 609A College St. East. Nacogdoches, TX 75965
Where do I park during Orientation?
You may park anywhere on campus. Parking at Steen Hall, near Lumberjack Lodge or the parking garages nearby are available for your convenience. Should you receive a parking ticket during the Orientation you may give the ticket to an Orientation Leader, and they will send it to the University Police Department for dismissal.
Does Lumberjack Lodge provide bedding?
No. Parents staying at Lumberjack Lodge should bring XL twin size bedding. Parents should also bring towels and personal items.
How do I get a refund?
To cancel your Orientation, you must notify the Orientation Program office IN WRITING TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the session that you are scheduled to attend. You will receive a refund, minus a $20 service charge for the student and $10 per parent/family member. Students and parents/family members who do not attend, and do not notify the Orientation Program office by the cancellation date or reschedule to another session, will forfeit their Orientation fees. This also includes cancellation requested the day of your Orientation. Refunds for students who are ineligible for admission must also be requested in the same fashion and must be accompanied by a copy of the ineligibility letter send by the Admissions Office.
Can I change my Orientation session?
Once students and parents/family members are registered for Orientation, they can change their Orientation date up to the beginning of the Orientation they are scheduled to attend. Parents/Family orientation dates MUST coincide with the student Orientation dates. It is not necessary to change students and parent dates separately. Once the student date changes, the parent/family session will automatically change as well. When changing your Orientation, you must have your original session and date, new session date, and Social Security or Student ID number.
Do I need my confirmation email to come to Orientation?
Yes. Your confirmation email from our department is your receipt showing that you have reserved your space and paid for your Orientation. Parents and family members should bring confirmation emails as well. If you have changed your Orientation session please bring your session change email showing the Orientation you changed from and into. Should you leave your confirmation email you may request a new one by calling the Orientation Programs office at (936) 468-6641 or (936) 468-3956 or email
Can parents/family members wait and register the first day of Orientation?
Yes, if registration spots are available ONLY. However, this is for PARENTS/FAMILY MEMBERS ONLY. We strongly encourage you to pre-register. Students MUST BE pre-registered for Orientation. There will be a $10 LATE FEE, if you wait to register the day of the Orientation. Also by waiting to register the day of your Orientation there is not a guarantee that there will be rooms available on campus. Orientation is NOT responsible for making off-campus lodging arrangements.
How many meals are provided during Lumberjack Orientation?
In addition to the various items you receive during Lumberjack Orientation, there will be a total of two full meals provided to you during your session: dinner on Thursday and breakfast on Friday. Your Orientation fee also includes light food and refreshments during the Last Chance Resource Fair and Parent Reception.
How much money do I need to bring to Orientation?
You may want to bring money for snacks, drinks and any SFA gear you may want to purchase from the bookstore. You will not need to bring money to pay for any tuition and fees during Orientation. Please note: If you have not paid your Housing deposit by the time you attend Orientation, you MUST pay that deposit in order to register for classes on Friday.