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Parent/Family Member 2020 Guide
(2021 guide coming soon!)

Every weekend can be Family Weekend

Visit your Lumberjack!

While we continue to encourage safety, we also want to encourage you to pay your Lumberjack a visit! And with so many local opportunities for fun, it may be difficult to fit into just one trip, including:

  • attending an SFA sporting event
  • painting your own pottery
  • strolling through our downtown shops
  • visiting the Saturday morning Nacogdoches Farmers Market 
  • relaxing at one of our two nearby lakes 
  • and so much more. 

We've partnered with the City of Nacogdoches to remind you that EVERY weekend can be Family Weekend. As an extension of the normal Family Weekend deals we’ve offered in the past, owners of local shops, restaurants and lodging have graciously agreed to offer special discounts to our Lumberjack families throughout the academic year. Visit for information on unique local discounts and spots around town.

On campus? Drop by the Baker Pattillo Student Center Information Desk for a parent goodie bag!

2021 Parent/Family Member Orientations

Transfer Parent/Family Information

Incoming First-Year Lumberjacks: Our unique Parent/Family Member Orientation takes place in tandem with Lumberjack Orientation dates. This two-day Orientation is highly encouraged! During this program, we want to be sure all your questions are answered. Topics to be discussed include:

  • coaching your student to success
  • college financial preparation
  • University Police Department and campus safety
  • getting involved at SFA
  • and many more!


Whether you stay overnight in a residence hall or book your own off-campus overnight accommodations, the registration fee includes meals, publications and materials, programming and administrative costs.

  • Overnight on campus: $110
    • Residence hall is assigned during check-in
  • Overnight off campus: $80


  • Ages 0 to 5: Free
  • Ages 6 to 17: $25
    • Siblings entering grades 7 through 12 are instead encouraged to attend Destination SFA - unique sessions specifically geared toward them and their interests!

Note: Your Orientation student cannot stay with you. They are required to stay in the residence hall designated for Orientation students.


When your student registers for Lumberjack Orientation, they will be given the opportunity to complete your registration as well. This helps ensure a smooth registration process for the proper session.

Registering at a later date?

Visit our Marketplace registration page check the availability for your student's session and reserve your spot. Session registration will close one week prior to the session or once the session reaches capacity, whichever occurs first. 

Destination SFA: Sibling Orientation

Available to siblings entering grades 7 through 12 whose parent/family member is attending the Parent/Family Member Orientation, Destination SFA is our unique Orientation event for siblings of incoming freshmen.

Through this program, we want to answer questions younger siblings may have about college while also highlighting all SFA has to offer. Destination SFA is going to be AXE-cellent!

Cost: $65/sibling
Included: meals, axe handle and a limited edition Destination SFA T-shirt


Orientation and Transition Programs

Physical Address:
Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.300

Mailing Address:
PO Box 6074, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962