Next Steps

Your Next Steps

Please click here to download the New Student Checklist. This is a checklist of items that you must complete before you start classes this fall.

STEP 1: BECOME A MUSTANG!

STEP 2: SECURE HOUSING

  • Approximately two weeks after we receive your deposit, we will e-mail you instructions on securing housing and information about your dining options.

STEP 3: VISIT

  • We want to show you what your life as an SMU student will be like! If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit campus, there are many options available this spring. Choose the option that is best for you. We can’t wait to welcome you to campus.

STEP 4: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid (found at www.fafsa.ed.gov) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®, to be considered for university need-based aid (found at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile) There is a $25 cost for completing the CSS/PROFILE®. The FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE® should be submitted by February 15 for priority consideration.
  • Fill out the Application for Financial Aid Scholarships (email address and password required) to explore further scholarship opportunities for which you may be eligible. SMU's financial aid advisors can help you and your family determine the best way to finance your future. Click here to meet your financial aid advisor.

STEP 5: HEALTH HISTORY

  • Prior to registering for classes in July, all SMU students must complete and submit the Report of Medical History and Consent of Medical Treatment form. Please click here for details and instructions on what is required. Please note Texas state law requires all students must have received the meningitis immunization within the preceding 5 years, or a booster shot is required.

STEP 6: PARENT INFORMATION

STEP 7: AARO AND MUSTANG CORRAL

  • In order to fully transition into the SMU community, orientation is a two-part experience. The first part of orientation is Academic Advising Registration & Orientation (AARO). This program is held on-campus and spans two days for first-year students. AARO is where you will meet your academic advisor, plan your academic schedule and register for classes. AARO sessions take place during the month of July.
  • The second part of orientation is Mustang Corral. Mustang Corral is extended orientation programming including everything from Move-In to Convocation and includes a one night, two day off-campus retreat called Camp Corral. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet your new classmates as well as current SMU students, staff, and faculty. You will also begin learning some of the most treasured SMU traditions! Mustang Corral takes place a few days before classes start in August. 
  • We will send you detailed information and instructions about how to register for AARO sessions and Mustang Corral in the coming weeks. Registration will open April 1, 2016.

LOOKING AHEAD

Mark these important dates and deadlines on your calendar. Then get ready to make your mark as an SMU Mustang.

August 17-21 Mustang Corral
August 17 Residence Hall Move-In Day & Family Cookout (Mustang Corral attendees only)
August 18  Discover Dallas 
August 18-19 Camp Corral 
August 20  Residence Hall Move-In Day (all others)
August 21 Rotunda Passage & Opening Convocation
August 22 Classes Begin
September 5 Labor Day Holiday
September 23-25 Family Weekend
October 10-11 Fall Break
November 4-5 Homecoming