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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 freshman 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 freshman 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.

Freshman 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.

Join the latest Lumberjacks

Each year, more than 2,000 high school graduates enter our freshman 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.

Who succeeds at SFA? We’re looking for a freshman class of excited, motivated, curious individuals ready to make the absolute most of their college years in an exceptional setting.

Who is considered a first-time freshman? You are a first-time freshman if you have not attended a college or university since high school graduation, even if you’re entering with college-level credits.

Curious about community college transferable hours? Check our course equivalency guide and two-year planning guides.

Applying to SFA: The requirements

First-semester freshman applicants must:

  • Complete an accredited high school program.
  • Meet the following standardized test requirements:

High school class rank

Old SAT 
(prior to March 2016)
(math + critical reading)

(after March 2016)

Top 10% No minimum required No minimum required No minimum required
Top 11-25% No minimum required No minimum required No minimum required
2nd Quarter 950 1030 20
3rd Quarter 1100 1170 24
4th Quarter File Review File Review File Review

More about accredited high school programs

SFA requires first-time freshman 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.

When is the application deadline?

SFA is a rolling admissions university, meaning there is no application deadline. However, there are incentives if you apply early.

What are the benefits to applying early?

Students who complete the admission and housing application process by December 1, (for enrollment in the next fall semester) enjoy special benefits:

  • Get early notification of your residence hall.
  • Receive priority sign-up for orientation, which provides the best opportunity to secure the class schedule you want.
  • Stop worrying about applying to college, and start preparing to become an SFA Lumberjack.

Applying to SFA: The process

Applying to SFA is easy with the ApplyTexas online admissions application. Use ApplyTexas to apply to SFA beginning July 1 of your senior year of high school. You can preview the application to get a sense of the questions.

Here’s a checklist of what you will need to complete your application for admission to SFA:

  • A completed application (done through
  • Your official high school transcript (must be received directly from your high school)
  • Your official SAT/ACT scores

The cost for applying to SFA is $50. You’ll pay this at the end of the application process. Check here to see if you qualify for an application fee waiver.

Unique circumstances

Nontraditional secondary education: Home-schooled applicants

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.

Nontraditional secondary education: 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.

Applicants who have dual-credit or Advanced Placement (AP) credits

The process is the same, but you will need to submit official college transcripts and/or advanced placement scores to receive earned credit.

Alternative Admissions

There are several ways to earn admission into SFA for students who do not immediately qualify. For details, visit Alternative Admissions.

When will I hear back?

Decision letters should arrive within 2-3 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, so it’s important that you log on and set up your account. 

After you apply, don’t forget:


Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, housing assignments and class registration are all done through mySFA.

Financial Aid

Get started early! You don’t have to be admitted to apply for aid and scholarships. Learn more about the different aid options that may be available to you, like grants, loans, scholarships and more.


State law requires that new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine at least 10 days prior to enrollment. You must submit your shot record to the Office of Admissions by email, fax or mail using the contact information below.


Use mySFA to apply for housing. Early first-year applicants (Dec. 1 and earlier) can begin selecting their room assignments the week of Dec. 15, and other first-year students can start room selection the week of April 1.


Office of Admissions
Fax: 936.468.3149
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Rusk Building
Room 206

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962