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Colleges / Stephen F. Austin State University

SFA Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to SFA, the application fee is $45.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

SFA Admissions Stats at a Glance

SFA 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 72%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 44%
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Applying Early to SFA?

Stephen F. Austin State University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to SFA?

SFA is a moderately difficult school to get into. SFA evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, SFA accepted 76% of students, around 6,862 of the 9,016 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like SFA, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What's Most Important to Get In to SFA?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at SFA

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

SFA 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SFA must submit the following items. Double check with SFA's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SFA?

Out of all students that were admitted, 88% submitted a class rank. At SFA 18% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50% were in the top 25% and 84% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Stephen F. Austin State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 88%

SFA doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

SFA is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 72% of SFA's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 44% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other SFA applicants, you should strive to earn between 980 and 1140 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SFA 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1140 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SFA students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SFA students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

To be most competitive at SFA, you should strive to earn between 18 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SFA's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SFA students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

Transferring to Stephen F. Austin State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to SFA. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in SFA during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

SFA Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SFA?

Students who are admitted to SFA must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does SFA accept transfer credits?

SFA accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does SFA accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

SFA accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SFA?

SFA is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is SFA's acceptance rate?

SFA's acceptance rate is 76%.

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SFA Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

76%

How hard is it to get into SFA? SFA is a somewhat selective institution. The SFA acceptance rate is 76%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.

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SFA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SFA is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SFA is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SFA ACT Scores

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ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above

Good

18 to 23

Avg

18 and Less

Low

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SFA SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

980 - 1140

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Math SAT Range

480 - 560

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Reading SAT Range

490 - 580

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SFA GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

12,620

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

76%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$10,600

Out-of-State

$22,876

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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