You just got your SFA acceptance letter. It’s official: you’re a Lumberjack. Congrats!
So, now what?
Getting ready for college is exciting, but it can be a little overwhelming, too. And if you’re like most college-bound students, you probably have plenty of questions about what happens next. Use this page as a guide to some of the things you should see, do and decide before you start the next chapter of your life at SFA.
First things first
If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to:
Set up your mySFA account
Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, housing assignments, orientation confirmation and class registration are all done through mySFA.
Apply for housing
Apply for housing and submit your deposit. Admitted students will be able to select a residence hall assignment based on the date that the residence hall application and deposit are submitted. If admission and residence life applications are completed prior to December 1, room selection for first year freshman will be available in December. All other new students may select their room in April.
Submit proof of required immunizations
Bacterial meningitis immunization requirement
In order to live on campus or take face-to-face classes, state law requires new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine, that is less than five years old, administered at least 10 days prior to the start of term.
Apply for financial aid
Get started early! You don’t have to be admitted to apply for aid and scholarships. Learn more about the different aid options that may be available to you, like grants, loans, scholarships and more.
Register for placement test
The Texas Success Initiative is a program mandated by Texas law and its requirements apply to all students in Texas public colleges and universities. Learn more about how to register and to determine if you are exempt.
Register for orientation
Your next step to becoming a Lumberjack is attending an orientation session. Orientation attendance is required for incoming freshmen and is recommended for transfer students.
During orientation, you’ll have the chance to get to know the campus, ask questions and learn more about academic programs and areas of study. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with academic advisors and faculty members.
You’ll need to reserve your spot ahead of time, either online or via mail. If you have any questions about orientation, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get into the SFA spirit!
What is an axe handle? And why do we decorate them? What’s the Purple Haze? How do you make the SFA hand signal?
Part of being a new Lumberjack is learning about all of the traditions that make SFA such a unique school. Check out our traditions page to learn more. And don’t forget to learn the words to our school song – you’ll need them when you attend your first Lumberjacks football game!
Jack Camp is a three-day camp for new students. Jack Camp is held at a campground in Trinity, Texas, and it combines fun outdoor activities with events that help you get to know your fellow Lumberjacks and make a successful transition to college life.