Stephen F. Austin State University


Department Advising

Advising Form

Summary of University Policy

  1. All first-time freshmen and transfer students are required to be advised before they can register.
  2. All students on academic probation are required to be advised by the Dean's office before each registration period. You can make and appointment to see the Dean by calling 936-468-4604.
  3. All students with fewer than 61 earned hours of credit are required to be advised before each registration period.
  4. All students with 61 or more earned credit hours must be advised at least once each year and may be advised more frequently.
  5. The advising process includes releasing the administrative hold through the University computer network, which will allow students to register.

Department Procedures

  1. Students will come to our offices (Liberal Arts North 335) for advising and will be informed of whom their advisor is, if they do not know. To make and appointment please call 936-468-4405.
  2. Students should sign-up for advising with the Sociology department; the advising session may last as few as 5 minutes or as many as 30 minutes.
  3. Students will bring a copy of his/her Degree Audit to their advising appointment. A Degree Audit can be found by logging into MySFA and going to My Services, then Student Records and finally Degree Audit. Also print and complete an Advising Form.
  4. Prior to the advising appointment, students should make notes about which classes they would like to take and the times in which they are available. These proactive steps will ensure a more productive advising appointment. You cab find the online course schedule at
  5. The advising process may include discussion of the major and minor choice of the student, class schedule for the upcoming semester, career issues, student organizations, academic policies, and other pertinent issues.
  6. Upon completion of advising, the advisor will complete the advising summary form, indicating the student has been advised. The summary form becomes a part of the permanent record of the student and will be kept in the main department office.
  7. The department chair or administrative assistant will remove the registration block from the student's computer records as soon as possible, allowing the student to register when appropriate.
  8. Students have the right to change advisors after consultation with the department chair or administrative assistant. Our objective is to have each student work with a faculty member throughout his or her time at SFA.
  9. Other information may be reviewed through our department brochures, SFA General Bulletin, or department web page.