Join us for Transfer Lumberjack Orientation!
As an important part of our university community, we want transfer students to feel at home. You are encouraged to take part in Transfer Lumberjack Orientation as your first step to connecting to SFA!
This Orientation is available for students transferring from another college or university, and is not intended for dual-credit students. Dual-credit students must attend the Incoming First-Year Orientation.
Attending Transfer Lumberjack Orientation allows you to:
- become familiar with campus
- meet your academic dean, academic advisor, faculty and administration
- and create your fall class schedule.
Note: Transfer students who choose to not attend are responsible for contacting their respective academic departments for times and dates that academic advisors are available.
2022-23 dates and session format
- Spring 2023 Start
- Nov. 11 virtual
- Jan. 10 in-person
- Apr. 28 virtual
- May 19 in-person
- June 9 virtual
- July 14 in-person
- Aug. 4 in-person
Registration for Transfer Lumberjack Orientation and Transfer Parent/Family Member Orientation occurs through the Orientation tab on your mySFA account. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email through mySFA. Additional details regarding Orientation will be emailed, so check your student email regularly.
Virtual session cost: $25/student
Included: access to the Orientation Zoom link, publications and materials and administrative costs.
In-person session cost: $35/student
Included: lunch, T-shirt, publications and materials and administrative costs.
Registration deadlines, changes and cancellations
Log in to mySFA and locate the Orientation tab. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email to your student email account with details of your Orientation reservation. Additional details will be emailed, so check your student email regularly.
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 Transfer Lumberjack Orientation - guest registration page to 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.
To change your session:
Requests to change your orientation session must be received at least two weeks prior to the preferred session.
You will receive a confirmation email through mySFA once availability has been confirmed and your request has been granted.
To request a change in orientation session, complete the online form.
To cancel your registration:
Submit an Online Reservation Cancellation form no later than one week prior to the scheduled session to receive a credit on the student's account. Note: Students who do not notify the Orientation Programs office by the applicable cancellation date will forfeit their Orientation fees.
Change or Cancel
|Session 1||Oct. 29|
|Session 2||April 15|
|Session 3||May 6|
|Session 4||May 26|
|Session 5||July 1|
|Session 6||July 22|
Transfer Orientation Schedule Overview
Receive your materials for the day.
8 to 8:45 a.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, second floor
Welcome to Stephen F. Austin State University! Staff members from our Orientation and Transition Programs office will present information on the Division of Student Affairs, as well as services and programs offered at SFA
9 to 9:35 a.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Transfer Lumberjack Experience
Learn more about various resources and what to expect as a transfer student at SFA. We will discuss what it's like to be a Lumberjack by sharing SFA's spirit and traditions.
9:45 to 10 a.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Orientation staff members will introduce representatives from respective academic colleges to provide information about advising, college-specific programs, degree maps, etc.
10 to 10:40 a.m. at Various campus locations
|Nelson Rusche College of Business||Dr. Timothy Bisping||BPSC President's Suite|
|James I. Perkins College of Education||Dr. Judy Abbott||BPSC Grand Ballroom|
|Mickey Elliott College of Fine Arts||Dr. Gary Wurtz||BPSC Tiered Classroom|
|Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture||Dr. Hans Williams||BPSC Multimedia Room|
|College of Liberal and Applied Arts||Dr. Mark Sanders||BPSC Movie Theater|
|College of Sciences and Mathematics||Dr. Kimberly Childs||BPSC Twilight Ballroom|
|Undecided Majors||Raquel Skidmore||BPSC TV Lounge|
Course Modality Types
Learn about the variety of course modalities SFA offers, including face to face, livestream, online and more.
10:45 to 11 a.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Staff members from our Axe Handle one-stop shop will share general information concerning payment of tuition and fess, financial aid processes and deadlines.
11 to 11:10 a.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Student Conduct and Outreach
Representatives from SFA's Title IX office as well as the Office of Student Conduct and Outreach will discuss their respective areas.
11:10 to 11:25 a.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Learn about how the University Police Department is dedicated to provide a safe environment to all students, staff, faculty and guests through respectful, fair and equitable policing and community engagement.
11:25 to 11:35 a.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Student Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Representatives from SFA's Division of Student Affairs and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will share information about resources provided through both areas.
11:35 a.m. to noon
Lunch with Nacogdoches Community Members
Noon to 1 p.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Choose one presentation per session based on your areas of interest.
- Session I - 1 to 1:15 p.m.
- Session II - 1:20 to 1:35 p.m.
See the back of your schedule for elective program options and locations.
This presentation will provide information related to academic terminology, academic advising and course registration.
1:35 to 2 p.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Lumberjack Life and "Axe 'em"
Meet current and incoming SFA students. Hear about their experiences, involvement and tips on what it's like to be a Lumberjack.
2 to 2:30 p.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom
Purple Haze Student T-shirt Giveaway
Students may complete the Orientation survey and grab their shirt at the Purple Haze table.
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at the BPSC, first floor atrium
See the purple handout in your Orientation folder for locations
2:30 to 4 p.m. at Various campus locations
Tour campus and receive insight into life at SFA from some of our Office of Admissions' Jack Walkers.
2:30 p.m. at the Rusk Building, room 206
Stop by and meet Student Success Center staff members. Refreshment will be provided
2:30 to 3 p.m. at the Steen Library, AARC and second floor
Strike a pose and have your student ID made before you leave campus.
2:30 to 4 p.m. at BPSC, room 1.208
Organization and Resource Fair
Learn about various programs and services offered by the university and ways you can get involved.
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at the BPSC, first-floor atrium
Course Registration Assistance
2:45 to 4 p.m. at the Steen Library, Info Lab 1
Residence Hall Tours
Various residence halls will be opened for tours so you can get a sneak peek at where you will soon call home.
3 to 4 p.m. at Various locations
Orientation programs for family members
Available to parents and family members of incoming transfer students attending our in-person sessions, this one-day Orientation takes place in tandem with Transfer Orientation dates. This program allows us a wonderful opportunity to be sure all your questions are answered; we highly encourage you to join us!
Visit our Resources for Family page for more information!