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Stephen F. Austin State University

Academic Advising

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Academic Advising

CONGRATULATIONS! If you are viewing this page, then chances are you are undecided in your major selection. No worries, at SFA you are not required to declare a major until you reach 45+ hours. Therefore, you have the opportunity to explore your different areas of interest! While doing so, your advisor will be guiding you in your academic course selection.

Deciding to Explore?

The Student Success Center (SSC) serves all undeclared and exploring students. Many students begin their college careers as undeclared majors. Some just want to "take the basics" to start and decide on a major later. Others are trying to choose between two or more majors and are not ready to commit yet. Still others come to SFA with a declared major, but quickly decide it is not the right one for them; they, too, become undeclared. All of these scenarios are typical, normal freshman experiences. If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student with fewer than 45 earned semester hours and have not yet selected a college or decided on a major, you may decide that you wish to be undeclared. The SSC is here to serve you.

Will I get behind if I don't declare a major?

With careful planning, undeclared students can complete their core curriculum requirements while deciding on a major. The advisors at the SSC will work with you to help you select those core curriculum classes that will most likely be required by your future degree plan. By the time you are ready to declare a major, you will be well on your way to fulfilling your degree requirements for your chosen field of study.

Who will advise me?

The SSC is open daily, and our advisors are available year-round. Additionally, you will work with a specific advisor at the SSC, one who gets to know you and your interests. All of our advisors are here to listen and help you focus on your needs and dreams, with the ultimate goal of selecting a major that is right for you. You should feel free to meet with your advisor any time you have questions about your academic progress during the semester. However, you must meet with your advisor for academic advising prior to registration and course selection. Your advisor will not make decisions for you. Their purpose is to provide you with information and direction so that you are comfortable with the decisions you make for yourself.

What if I declare a major?

Our advisors will help you change your major from undeclared whenever you're ready, provided you are in good academic standing. Once you have changed your major, you will be assigned an academic advisor for your new major who will work with you until graduation. SFA requires all students to declare a major once they have earned 45 semester hours.

What classes will I take?

Freshmen at SFA select most of their first year classes from the SFA core curriculum requirements. Class selection for undeclared students is determined by three criteria; the classes should-

• fulfill core curriculum requirements

• apply to many majors

• allow exploration of a potential major

Financial Aid for Undeclared Majors

Beginning FALL 2017 all undeclared students will be assigned to the major-Bachelor of Arts-Communication Studies with a Transitional Concentration under the College of Liberal and Applied Arts. This does not mean that you are a Communication Studies major. This is simply a placeholder major until you make a decision on what major you wish to pursue and will allow you to be identified to receive financial aid if you are eligible.

Frequently Asked Questions - Advising

How do I know who my advisor is?

To find your advisor, follow the steps below:

  • Log into your mySFA

  • Click on the "Advising" tab

  • In the "My Advisor" portal, locate your assigned advisor

For additional assistance, please call or email the Student Success Center at 936.468.5803 or studentsuccess@sfasu.edu

How do I schedule an advising appointment?

To schedule an advising appointment, follow the steps below:

  • Log into your mySFA
  • Click on the "Advising" tab
  • In the "My Advisor" portal, locate your assigned advisor
  • Click on "Schedule an advising appointment with your advisor"
  • Select a time that works best for your schedule

For additional assistance, please call or email the Student Success Center at 936.468.5803 or studentsuccess@sfasu.edu

What should I bring to my advising appointment?
Students should look at the core curriculum and come with an idea of what they would like to register for. They should also have a list of any questions they have for their advisor, in order to make good use of the appointment time. Students should also use their advising appointment time as an opportunity to discuss major and career interests based on the career resources provided.
How do I register for classes?
  • Meet with your advisor.

  • Clear all active registration holds. You can check for holds by logging into your mySFA and selecting the "Registration" tab.

  • Ready to Register? Navigate to your mySFA. The Schedule Planner (Build and Submit Schedule) and Add/Drop Courses feature are located on the "Registration" tab.

Registration tutorials are located below and also in the "Registration" tab of your mySFA.

* When using Schedule Planner, the student will not be registered until the register button is selected after sending the schedule to the registration cart.

I am on academic probation or academic suspension. What do I need to do?

Academic Probation

A student on academic probation has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below a 2.0. A student can move to a continued probation status as long as their current semester GPA is 2.0 or higher and until their SFA cumulative GPA is raised to or exceeds a 2.0. A student currently on academic probation is placed on academic suspension at the end of any Fall or Spring semester in which their current semester GPA is less than 2.0.

All Students on academic probation are required to meet with their Academic Advisor to create a personalized success plan to help them return to good academic standing as soon as possible. Students on academic probation are required to meet with their Academic Advisor once a month during the semester of probation.

Academic Suspension

A student is placed on Academic Suspension if the student's semester GPA falls below a 2.0.

Reinstatement
An undergraduate student on academic suspension may be allowed to continue at the university through any of the following procedures:

  • Meet conditions established by the student's dean.
  • Be readmitted provisionally automatically after one regular semester's absence from the university. Following a second or subsequent academic suspension and absence from the university for two regular semesters, be readmitted automatically. Summer terms are exempt from periods of academic suspension. Automatic readmission will not occur if the student takes courses elsewhere and fails to attain a GPA of 2.0 for those courses.
  • After the first academic suspension, attend summer school at Stephen F. Austin State University and either raise the cumulative GPA to 2.0 or above or obtain a GPA of 2.0 or above for at least nine (9) semester credit hours in courses specified by the student's dean.
I want to take a summer class at a two-year college or another institution. What will transfer?

When transferring classes from a community college to SFA, or taking summer classes at a community college, it is important to know which classes will transfer in so that students may receive the appropriate credit.

Students can use the SFA Course Equivalency Guide to filter by college and determine transfer applicability.

For assistance, please contact the Student Success Center at 936.468.5804 or studentsuccess@sfasu.edu