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Fall 2020 Guide


Fall Semester Overview


Classes after the Thanksgiving break will be remote only, in most cases. University administration made this decision based on CDC projections that the pandemic could worsen as travel increases. Faculty members will share any exceptions with their students, but students are encouraged to reach out to their faculty members with any questions.

New to distance education and need some help? Visit our Center for Teaching and Learning website or reach out to the Help Desk!

Keep up with important events and deadlines through our online University Calendar, and make note of these key dates:

• Thanksgiving break is Nov. 23-27.
• Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, most classes will transition to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester.
• Fall final exams begin Monday, Dec. 7, and end Friday, Dec. 11.

Graduation Details

December commencement ceremonies will be in person and will include many operational changes to ensure student and family safety, like limited family seating per student and required face coverings. Tickets also will be required for entry. They will be free but will help organizers prevent overcrowding.

May and August 2020 graduates also are invited to walk the graduation stage in December. Find more information on the Registrar's Office website.


Life on Campus


Dining Services will continue to serve students throughout the fall 2020 semester, closing following the dinner service Saturday, Dec. 12. On-campus dining will not be available during the Thanksgiving break.

Choose from all-you-care-to-eat options in the dining halls or visit one of our numerous retail dining establishments for a meal, snack or warm, seasonal beverage. Download the Grubhub app to place an order with your phone and skip the line!


SFA residence halls will remain open throughout the Thanksgiving break, but campus dining facilities will be closed. In most cases, fall 2020 classes will be conducted remotely following Thanksgiving break. Students living on campus may choose not to return for the last two weeks of the semester; however, they are certainly welcome to stay!


You won’t have to abandon your wellness routine during the upcoming holiday season! The Student Recreation Center will operate on a reduced schedule during the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, as well as during the period of remote classwork in between.

Relieve stress and prioritize your wellness with individual workouts and fitness classes that adhere to current minimum standard health protocols. Visit the Campus Recreation website for the most up-to-date facility hours.


SFA is continuing to offer a wide variety of opportunities for transformative student experiences through cocurricular programs and extracurricular activities this fall. Guidelines are in place for the safer operation of student organizations and events, and all critical student services are accessible remotely.

Every member of our community is first and foremost personally responsible for their own health and well-being. To help keep our Lumberjack family safe, always use your best judgment in every activity you undertake.


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New first-year and transfer students enrolling for the spring 2021 semester are invited to attend Virtual Transfer Orientation Friday, Nov. 13. Transfer students should register through their mySFA accounts under the Orientation tab by Friday, Nov. 6. First-year admitted students may call 936.468.6641 to register. The cost is $25.

We are in the early stages of planning for Orientation programs for our students admitted for the summer 2021 and fall 2021 terms. Updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

For Families

Unfortunately, Family Weekend 2020 had to be postponed, but that doesn't mean you can't visit your SFA student! We've partnered with the City of Nacogdoches to make EVERY weekend Family Weekend. Don't forget to drop by the Baker Pattillo Student Center Information Desk for a parent goodie bag.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

In the meantime, we know how important it is for family members to stay updated on how SFA is supporting Lumberjacks. We will continue to share up-to-date information as it becomes available. Please know we are here to support YOU along with your students as we work together through what has been a challenging year.