Stephen F. Austin State University

Parents & Family Members

Parents/Family Attending Orientation

Orientation Leaders welcome you to SFA!Reservations for each of the five Lumberjack Orientations and four Transfer Parent/Family Orientations sessions are taken in the order that they are received. In order to process parent/family reservation, your student reservation must accompany your parent/family reservation, or your student must already be signed up for Orientation AND you must include the appropriate Parent/Family Orientation fees.

For Lumberjack Orientation, these fees include lodging on Thursday night (for parent/family members staying on campus), meals, light refreshments during the Last Chance Resource Fair with university administration and staff members, publications and materials, and other administrative costs. Please make your check or money order payable to Stephen F. Austin State University. For Transfer Lumberjack Orientation, these fees include lunch, publications and materials, and information sessions with your student.

Parent/Family Service Project Information

Lumberjack Orientation and Transfer Orientation attendees have the opportunity to give back to the Nacogdoches community while at Orientation! During Orientation check-in, you will be able to purchase an exclusive SFA t-shirt. Proceeds from our select service project items will be donated to Nacogdoches United Way. During Summer 2017, our Lumberjack parent and family members helped to donate over $1,600 to Nacogdoches United Way! Help us give back to the community this summer while showing your Lumberjack pride!

2019 Parent & Family Member Orientation Fees

Lumberjack Orientation

Transfer Lumberjack Orientation

*Please note: During Lumberjack Orientation, there is an option for high-school aged children to participate in our Destination Lumberjack Sibling Orientation for an additional $25 fee.

Comments From Parents Who Attended Freshman Orientation

"For a first-generation college parent SFA is an absolute dream. SFA wants my student to succeed more than I ever imagined. This is a wonderful program!"

"We loved the way every single person we heard or talked to seemed to genuinely care about every student here - that's awesome and that is why we have two Lumberjacks in our family (and hopefully two more)"

"I am very pleased with all of the staff. The student orientation leaders were wonderful. I would encourage every parent to attend."

"This is my first visit to SFA and I am very positive and sure my son will fit in here."

After completion of our Parent/Family Orientation, please fill out our evaluation. The survey will be available for participation after June 2018.


Guest spaces are available should you desire to stay on-campus for the night your student is attending Lumberjack Orientation. The cost is $30 per parent/family member staying in university housing in addition to the $80 Orientation fee ($110 total per person). The off-campus Orientation fee does not include the cost of your lodgings. Off-campus lodging reservations are the responsibility of the individual.

An umbrella, comfortable walking shoes and other personal items will make your stay more pleasant. Dress is casual for all sessions. Parents/family members staying on-campus will be staying in a campus residence hall called the Lumberjack Lodge. You must provide your own bed linens - XL twin size sheets, pillow, towels, blanket, alarm clock and toiletries. In addition, you may want to bring a radio or television (basic cable is provided) to make your stay more comfortable.

Please note that parents and students will be staying in SEPARATE accommodations. Parent accommodations are in a suite style setting. There are four bedrooms to a suite. Two bedrooms are on both sides of the unit with a common living area adjoining the bedrooms together. Parents arriving without spouses WILL be assigned roommates of the same gender, with each parent having a private bedroom. Couples attending will be assigned to share a unit with another couple. More information about Lumberjack Lodge can be found here.

Please note: Lumberjack Lodge is designed to be similar to an apartment. Up to four guests will be assigned to a room.

If you prefer off-campus accommodations, a number of hotels are located in the Nacogdoches area. The website lists several hotels in the Nacogdoches area.

Parent & Family Member Reservations

All parents/Family members check-in with their student and if staying on-campus will be assigned a room in Lumberjack Lodge after.

Reservations for all Lumberjack Orientation sessions are taken in the order that they are received. In order to process parent/family reservation, your student should include parent/family member details on their registration form in mySFA AND include the appropriate parent/family member Orientation fees.

For Lumberjack Orientation, these fees include lodging on Thursday night (for parent/family members staying on-campus), meals and refreshments, a reception with university administration and community leaders, publications and materials, and administrative costs. For Transfer Orientation, these fees include lunch and information sessions with your student.

If needing to include additional parents or family members to an already submitted Orientation reservation, please complete the Additional Parent & Family Member reservation form.

Sibling Orientation

SFA Orientation Programs is proud to offer our Sibling Orientation Program for siblings of incoming students attending Lumberjack Orientation. For siblings in 9th -12th grade, please feel free to check out our Destination Lumberjack page!