Test Optional for 2021 and 2022 terms
Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by COVID-19, SFA will continue to waive the ACT and SAT requirements for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic year for incoming first-year applicants who do not have a test score to submit.
SFA will be practicing test-optional admissions for all 2021 and 2022 terms. Prospective students who apply to SFA for a 2021 or 2022 undergraduate term will not be required to submit an ACT or SAT test score as part of their admission application. This modification will allow incoming first-year applicants who are interested in applying to SFA for 2021 or 2022 to not have their application process hindered due to ACT/SAT testing challenges caused by COVID-19.
Incoming first-year applicants who do not meet automatic admission based on high school rank will be reviewed through a holistic file review process, which considers all information submitted as part of the application. Students are encouraged to submit available standardized test scores with their application. Submission of tests scores will not create any unfair advantage or disadvantage for those students who provide them. We still want to encourage students to take an upcoming ACT/SAT test score or submit an existing test score as the test scores may continue to be required and utilized for scholarship review.
The next generation of Lumberjacks
Each year, more than 2,000 high school graduates enter our first-year class and transform into leaders, thinkers and motivated learners. With over 80 undergraduate majors and a supportive, caring campus culture, SFA offers every new Lumberjack a path to success.
You're joining our incoming class of fellow students who have not attended a college or university since high school graduation, even if you’re entering with college-level credits.
Applying to SFA
Requirements to apply
First-time undergraduate applicants must:
- Complete an accredited high school program.
- Meet the standardized test requirements.
There are several ways to earn admission into SFA for students who do not immediately qualify. For details, visit Alternative Admissions.
Accredited high school programs
SFA requires first-time applicants to have completed the Recommended High School Program, the Distinguished Achievement Program, Endorsement Program with Algebra II or Distinguished with Endorsement Program to ensure they have received adequate preparation for college-level work.
Applicants who have not completed one of these programs will need to demonstrate that they have completed a high school curriculum more rigorous than what is required of the Minimum Graduation Plan, Basic Plan or Foundation.
Standardized test requirements (waived for 2021-22 terms)
High school class rank
|Top 10%||No minimum required||No minimum required||No minimum required|
|Top 11-25%||No minimum required||No minimum required||No minimum required|
|4th Quarter||File Review||File Review||File Review|
Admissions application checklist:
- Complete your ApplyTexas application.
- Send your official high school transcript (must be received directly from your school).
- Submit your official standardized test scores.
- Pay the $50 application fee, collected at the end of the ApplyTexas application process.
- Check to see if you qualify for an application fee waiver.
Advanced placement applicants: Also submit your advanced placement scores to receive earned credit.
Applicants with dual-credit: Also submit your official college transcripts (must be received directly from college) to receive earned credit.
First-year students will be able to select their fall housing assignment in December of the previous year if they have have:
- completed the Residence Life application
- paid their Residence Life deposit
- and are admitted to SFA by Dec. 1.
That's four months earlier than other applicants!
SFA is a rolling admissions university, meaning there is no application deadline.
Applicants who are home-schooled
Home-schooled applicants for admission who present evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education without an official class rank will have a class rank assigned by the Office of Admissions. This process is in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1543. The class rank will be comparable to the average class rank of other applicants who have equivalent ACT or SAT scores.
As with other applicants, if initial rank and score requirements are not met, a holistic review of the applicant’s file carefully examines all credentials presented. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible regarding their academic achievements and extra-curricular involvement when completing the Apply Texas application. An official, notarized home school transcript is required to demonstrate evidence of completion. The Office of Admissions has a notary on staff free of charge.
Applicants with GEDs
The process is the same but will require a holistic file review. This is a careful examination of all the credentials presented by the student to determine whether the applicant not only meets the academic requirements for admission but also possesses the skills and experiences that facilitate a successful career at SFA.
You will need to submit your GED scores to the Office of Admissions.
Decision letters should arrive within two to three weeks of submitting a complete application.
Once you apply, you’ll get your own mySFA account within one week. mySFA is the official communication method of the university. Log on and set up your account right away to check on financial aid awards, housing assignments and class registration.
Register through the Orientation tab on mySFA
At Lumberjack Orientation you will:
- Learn about SFA resources, campus processes and university traditions
- Meet with your academic advisor
- Register for classes
Scholarships and Aid
Get started early! You don’t have to be admitted to apply for aid and scholarships. Visit the Types of Aid page to learn more about the different aid options that may be available to you, like grants, loans, scholarships and more.
Bacterial meningitis vaccine
State law requires new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine at least 10 days prior to enrollment. The Office of Admissions will share this information with the Department of Residence Life as it’s also required in order to receive your housing assignment.
Use mySFA to apply for housing as soon as you finish your admissions application. Transfer students that are at least 21 years old, or have 60 earned college hours, may apply for an off-campus permit.