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Each year, more than 2,000 high school graduates enter our freshman class and transform into leaders, thinkers and motivated learners. With over 80 undergraduate majors and a supportive, caring campus culture, SFA offers every new Lumberjack a path to success.
Who succeeds at SFA? We’re looking for a freshman class of excited, motivated, curious individuals ready to make the absolute most of their college years in an exceptional setting.
Who is considered a first-time freshman? You are a first-time freshman if you have not attended a college or university since high school graduation, even if you’re entering with college-level credits.
Curious about community college transferable hours? Check our course equivalency guide and two-year planning guides .
Applying to SFA: The requirements
First-semester freshmen applicants must:
- Complete an accredited high school program.
- Meet the following standardized test requirements:
High school class rank
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More about accredited high school programs
SFA requires first-time freshmen applicants to have completed the Recommended High School Program, the Distinguished Achievement Program, Endorsement Program with Algebra II or Distinguished with Endorsement Program to ensure they have received adequate preparation for college-level work.
Applicants who have not completed one of these programs will need to demonstrate that they have completed a high school curriculum more rigorous than what is required of the Minimum Graduation Plan, Basic Plan or Foundation.
When is the application deadline?
SFA is a rolling admissions university, meaning there is no application deadline. However, there are incentives if you apply early.
What are the benefits to applying early?
Students who complete the admission and housing application process by December 1, 2017, (for enrollment in Fall 2017) enjoy special benefits:
- Get early notification of your Fall 2018 residence hall.
- Receive priority sign-up for orientation, which provides the best opportunity to secure the class schedule you want.
- Stop worrying about applying to college, and start preparing to become an SFA Lumberjack.
Applying to SFA: The process
Applying to SFA is easy with the ApplyTexas online admissions application . Use ApplyTexas to apply to SFA beginning July 1 of your senior year of high school. You can preview the application to get a sense of the questions.
Here’s a checklist of what you will need to complete your application for admission to SFA:
- A completed application (done through ApplyTexas.org )
- Your official high school transcript
- Your official SAT/ACT scores
The cost for applying to SFA is $45. You’ll pay this at the end of the application process. Check here to see if you qualify for an application fee waiver .
Nontraditional secondary education: Home-schooled applicants
Home-schooled applicants for admission who present evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education without an official class rank will have a class rank assigned by the Office of Admissions. This process is in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1543. The class rank will be comparable to the average class rank of other applicants who have equivalent ACT or SAT scores.
As with other applicants, if initial rank and score requirements are not met, a holistic review of the applicant’s file carefully examines all credentials presented. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible regarding their academic achievements and extra-curricular involvement when completing the Apply Texas application. An official, notarized home school transcript is required to demonstrate evidence of completion. The Office of Admissions has a notary on staff free of charge.
Nontraditional secondary education: Applicants with GEDs
The process is the same but will require a holistic file review. This is a careful examination of all the credentials presented by the student to determine whether the applicant not only meets the academic requirements for admission but also possesses the skills and experiences that facilitate a successful career at SFA.
You will need to submit your GED scores to the Office of Admissions.
Applicants who have dual-credit or Advanced Placement (AP) credits
The process is the same, but you will need to submit official college transcripts and/or advanced placement scores to receive earned credit.
There are several ways to earn admission into SFA for students who do not immediately qualify. For details, visit Alternative Admissions .
When will I hear back?
Decision letters should arrive within 2-3 weeks of submitting a complete application. Once you apply, you’ll get your own mySFA account within one week. mySFA is the official communication method of the university, so it’s important that you log on and set up your account.
After you apply, don’t forget:
Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, housing assignments and class registration are all done through mySFA.
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.
State law requires that new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine at least 10 days prior to enrollment. You must submit your shot record to the Office of Admissions by email, fax or mail using the contact information below.
Use mySFA to apply for housing . Early first-year applicants (Dec. 1 and earlier) can begin selecting their room assignments the week of Dec. 15, and other first-year students can start room selection the week of April 1.
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Haven’t Been to Campus Yet?
Showcase Saturday, SFA’s open house event, happens 3 times per year:
Nov. 11, 2017
Feb. 24, 2018
March 24, 2018
Priority Benefits – Dec. 1
All other applicants – First class day
2-3 weeks after completed application is received
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ApplyTexas Essays: How Long Should They Be?
How Long Should the ApplyTexas Essay Be?
This question comes up a lot. Mainly because the application allows for up to 120 eighty-character lines of text. What’s that? You’re not up on your character count layout for a standard page? A typical single-spaced page of average size font is about 50 lines of text. ApplyTexas allows you to enter something more than twice that long; but, I beg of you, do not take them up on that!
As the ApplyTexas application becomes more and more popular (more than 1.4 million applications were submitted this past year with about 300,000 of those applications coming from students outside of Texas), the ApplyTexas folks seem to be working to simplify and clarify their process a bit more each year. When the 2016-2017 application opened a few days ago, I noticed they added some guiding text on the essay page directly answering this question:
- ApplyTexas recommends that you keep your essay to between 350 and 500 words in length, with no more than 650 words.
I recommend heeding their advice, especially if you’re applying to a school requiring more than one of their prompts. For example, if Texas A&M is on your list, they require a response to Topic A and Topic B, but they also encourage you to submit Topic C if you don’t qualify for automatic admission. That’s three major essays! Now think of the admission officer reading all those essays. I promise, no matter how good of a writer you are, your admission officer does not want to read three 1000 word essays when she has a pile of other applications to get through that day.
If you haven’t yet, check out the new prompts for the 2016-2017 application cycle. ApplyTexas has mixed things up quite a bit this year and the prompts are a lot of fun—especially Topic C. Make sure you’re looking at current information, as some of the schools have changed their requirements to reflect the new prompt choices (namely UT-Austin!). For years University of Texas at Austin required Topic C and a second of your choice. This year they have changed to requiring topic A along with a second of your choice.
While the ApplyTexas platform isn’t the prettiest and might be a bit clunky (if I’m being kind), they do have an incredibly helpful set of FAQs posted on their site. Be sure to check out what they say about submitting their essays .
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