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Student Resources

Here to help

Throughout the time you’re pursuing your degree at SFA, you’ll have someone in your corner to help you stay on target. A dedicated advisor will help you choose the best area of study for your goals — and map out a strategy for achieving them.

Your advisor will meet with you every semester to help you choose courses, track your progress and identify potential career paths. And if you have questions about your degree program or need advice about a class, they’ll be available to talk.

Working toward your goals

In addition to helping you track your degree progress, your advisor also can help you:

  • Adjust to college life
  • Build the study skills you need to succeed
  • Get back on track if you're struggling academically
  • Change majors/minors
  • Make course substitutions
  • Recommend campus resources
  • File for graduation

Find your advisor

To find your undergraduate advisor, contact the James I. Perkins College of Education’s Student Services and Advising Center. To find your graduate program advisor, contact the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at 936.468.3503.

How to make an appointment with your undergraduate advisor

You can make an appointment with your advisor by following the steps below:

  1. Log into mySFA
  2. Click on the "Advising" tab
  3. In the "My Advisor" portal, go to your assigned advisor
  4. Click on "Schedue an appointment with your advisor"

Advising FAQs

What is a degree plan? And when do I need to file one?

A degree plan summarizes what you have taken so far and what is left for you to take to complete your degree. Undergraduates must file one after they have completed 45 hours of college credits. Graduate students must file a plan prior to completing 15 credit hours.

To start the process for an undergraduate degree, visit the Student Services and Advising Center.

What if I want to change majors or minors?

Changing your major or minor is easy. Just visit with your undergraduate academic advisor.

Call 936.468.2901 or visit McKibben Building, Room 118.

What is academic probation?

An undergraduate student is placed on academic probation after the first regular semester in which the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation whose semester grade point average is 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue on academic probation until the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher. Academic probation will continue until the student achieves good standing or is placed on academic suspension.

What is academic suspension?

An undergraduate student on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension if the student's semester grade point average falls below 2.0. 

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

  • Meet conditions established by the student’s dean; or
  • 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 grade point average of 2.0 for those courses; or,
  • After the first academic suspension, attend summer school at Stephen F. Austin State University and either raise the cumulative grade point average to 2.0 or above or obtain a grade point average of 2.0 or above for at least nine semester credit hours in courses specified by the student’s dean.

How – and when – do I file for graduation?

Contact the Office of the Registrar to learn more about how to apply for graduation. The application window in which you should apply occurs the semester prior to your graduation date.


Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
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Room 204

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13015, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962