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spring 2021 guide


spring semester overview

delivery methods for spring classes will remain just as flexible as they were in the fall. class will continue to be offered in face-to-face, online, livestream, hybrid or hyflex formats.

spring classes start friday, jan. 8. the university decided to begin the spring semester earlier than normal to accommodate for our new and flexible eight-week semesters.

final exams begin monday, may 3, and end friday, may 7.

keep up with any potential calendar changes through our online university calendar.

spring break at sfa is scheduled for march 8-12, 2021. the university will be closed for the entire week, and classes will not be held. residence halls will remain open, but the dining facilities will be closed. find other important dates on the university calendar.

face-to-face: a traditional course in which you attend class with a faculty and fellow students on campus for each class meeting. smaller class sizes will ensure social distancing.

online: a course in which content and activities are delivered online. no on-campus attendance is required, and you can engage in the course at any time of day

livestream: a course in which regularly scheduled class sessions are delivered via zoom, with real-time interaction between you, the faculty, and fellow students. no on-campus attendance is required.

hybrid: a course that is delivered as a blend of face-to-face and online, face-to-face and livestream, or online and livestream. classes meet at regular, scheduled intervals. your faculty will share the dates and times when on-campus or livestream attendance is required.

hyflex: a course in which you decide whether to attend the class face-to-face, via livestream at scheduled times, online anytime, or any combination.

life on campus


dining services will continue to provide students with easy, fast and touchless service during the spring 2021 semester. choose from all-you-care-to-eat options in the dining halls, or visit one of our numerous retail dining establishments for a meal, snack or coffee. download the grubhub app to place an order with your phone and skip the line! check out the daily menus and operating hours.


sfa lifted the on-campus residency requirement for the entire 2020-21 academic year, so students attending sfa during the spring 2021 semester may choose to live on or off campus. while there is evidence that living on campus supports student success, we understand that students may feel more comfortable living off campus for the remainder of the academic year.

currently, the university plans to reinstate the on-campus residency requirement for the fall 2021 semester, but only for new students. current sfa students, regardless of earned credit hours, will remain exempt from the on-campus residency requirement.


you won’t have to abandon your wellness routine this winter! the student recreation center will operate on a reduced schedule during the holiday break, and a normal schedule is expected to resume for the spring 2021 semester.

relieve stress and prioritize your wellness with individual workouts and fitness classes that adhere to current minimum standard health protocols. visit the campus recreation website for the most up-to-date facility hours.


during the spring 2021 semester, sfa will continue to offer a wide variety of opportunities for transformative student experiences through co-curricular programs and extracurricular activities. guidelines are in place for the safer operation of student organizations and events, and all critical student services are accessible remotely.

every member of our community is first and foremost personally responsible for their own health and well-being. to help keep our lumberjack family safe, always use your best judgment in every activity you undertake.

graduation details


spring 2021 commencement ceremonies will be held friday and saturday, may 7-8, on campus. additional updates will be provided here and on the registrar's commencement website as soon as they are available.


new first-year and transfer students enrolling for the spring 2021 semester are invited to attend virtual transfer orientation friday, nov. 13. transfer students should register through their mysfa accounts under the orientation tab by friday, nov. 6. first-year admitted students may call 936.468.6641 to register. the cost is $25.

we are in the early stages of planning for orientation programs for our students admitted for the summer 2021 and fall 2021 terms. updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

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for families

unfortunately, family weekend 2020 had to be postponed, but that doesn't mean you can't visit your sfa student! we've partnered with the city of nacogdoches to make every weekend family weekend. don't forget to drop by the baker pattillo student center information desk for a parent goodie bag.

we hope to see you on campus soon!

in the meantime, we know how important it is for family members to stay updated on how sfa is supporting lumberjacks. we will continue to share up-to-date information as it becomes available. please know we are here to support you along with your students as we work together through what has been a challenging year.

request information for future students

please fill out the form below to receive information from sfa. if you’re not a future student and want to reach out to us, use our contact form.

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