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Frequently Asked Questions

Students are encouraged to register early to secure a place in the courses of their choice. Students may enroll online; via fax or mail with our printable registration form; or by phone at 214-768-2273.

All students are assigned a password consisting of your first and last initials plus the first 5 digits of your zip code. For example, John Smith in zip code 12345 will be assigned the password “js12345”. Once you have logged in with this password, you will be provided an opportunity to change your password. Please choose a password that is at least six (but no more than 10) characters, and includes both upper- and lower-case letters as well as a combination of letters and numbers.

This password system allows students to share an email address — particularly helpful for families! However, each student still must have a unique password. For example: John and Suzy Smith share the email jssmith@smith.com; John might use JohnS234 as his password, while Suzy uses SuzyS567.

To add your name to our mailing list, please use the online form.

Courses are held year-round, but most are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Most courses are scheduled on evenings during the week, but some are held during the day and on weekends.

Course confirmation letters serve as campus parking permits for course dates and times. Using this permit, students may park in any All University Parking lot (AUP), most Faculty/Staff lots (F/S) after 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and anytime on Saturday, and any Commuter lots (C). Please note, the first two levels of the Airline Parking Garage are reserved for faculty and staff at all times. Click here for more information about campus parking.

Most classes are held on SMU's main campus in Dallas and at SMU-in-Plano. Occasionally, courses meet off campus at locations relevant to the course topics. These locations are detailed in the print and online catalogs, and on student confirmation emails once a student has enrolled in a course.

Classroom assignments are sent to registered students by email. You may also log in to the online registration system to view registration and location information.

The Creative Writing courses are no longer part of SMU CAPE. These courses, managed by Suzanne Frank, belong to The Writer's Path department in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. SMU CAPE is unable to assist students with registration in The Writer's Path courses. For support please contact The Writer's Path at 214-768-9748 or creativewriting@smu.edu.

Courses are available to students 18 years of age or older. Due to liability issues, we are unable to offer these courses to students younger than 18 years of age.

Most courses have no prerequisites. Should a course require experience in a certain field or enrollment in a previous class, this will be clearly marked in the printed and online course catalog.

No. All SMU CAPE courses are noncredit.

For most professional courses, including the Certificate Program in Financial Planning and Test Prep courses, attendance is taken and certificates of completion are issued, noting grades and contact hours.

SMU Informal Courses for Adults are noncredit, and as such, attendance is generally not recorded. Exceptions are considered in advance, and on a case-by-case basis. For more information, or to request a record of attendance, please contact our office in advance of your course by calling 214-768-2273.

At SMU CAPE, we understand that sometimes our students may need to cancel an enrollment. In this event, we happily provide the following options:

Before class begins:

  • Students may receive a refund, minus a $25 handling fee
  • Students may transfer to another course free of charge
  • Student may elect to have tuition placed in escrow free of charge to be used within one year
  • Students may substitute another individual in their place free of charge

After class begins:

  • Students may transfer to another course free of charge
  • Student may elect to have tuition placed in escrow free of charge to be used within one year
  • Students may substitute another individual in their place free of charge

Should SMU CAPE cancel a course, full tuition will be refunded.

Refunds are not permitted for money placed into Escrow.

While rare, SMU CAPE reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment. Should SMU CAPE cancel a course, a full refund will be granted to enrollees. Every effort is made to notify students of a course cancellation in advance, but often the majority of a course's enrollments are received within a few days of its start date. Therefore, a course that is very close to its minimum enrollment may not be cancelled until one day prior to its start date in an effort to give the course every opportunity to achieve its needed enrollment. Students are encouraged to register early to secure a place in the courses of their choice, and to help ensure the course's success.

Classes may also be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information on SMU's inclement weather policy, please click here.

A student may choose to be added to the waiting list, free of charge, for any course which has already reached its maximum enrollment. If space becomes available in the course, or if a new section of the course is added to the schedule, those on the waiting list will be notified in the order in which they were listed. Students on the waiting list are not obligated to register if/when a space becomes available. We encourage students to add their names to the waiting list for courses they are interested in, since this can be a factor in whether or not new sections of the course are added to the schedule.

No. Course registration and payment must be made prior to attending class. Students may register online 24 hours a day, or by phone (214-768-2273) or in person during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). For a printable course registration form that students can fax to 214-768-1071, click here. Course locations are distributed only to registered, paid students. Students not found on an instructor's roster may be asked to present confirmation of their registration in order to be admitted into the class. Instructors are not permitted to accept registration fees at class meetings.

Many SMU CAPE Courses can be used for contact hours or CEUs. Upon request, we can verify student enrollment and hours associated with a course.  It is the student’s responsibility to share a copy of the course description with a professional organization prior to enrollment to see if the content qualifies for professional development CEUs in their field.  Attendance is not typically taken and cannot be verified without advance notification to the instructor.

All SMU CAPE courses are non-credit. SMU CAPE offers transcripts for the following certificate programs upon request: Web Design, Graphic Design, Paralegal, and Financial Planning. Transcripts cost $10 each. Please call the SMU CAPE office at 214-768-2273 for assistance with this request and to make your payment via a Mastercard, Visa, or Discover. Transcripts are processed within two business days of your paid request.

SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies program, a 36-hour graduate degree plan in the humanities, offers a limited number of spaces in selected classes for Informal Courses students who wish to take the course on a non-degree, or audit, basis. These selected courses meet weekly for about 15 weeks during the fall semester. Enrollment is based on SMU per credit hour auditing fee. Auditors are expected to keep up with the reading and participate in class discussions, but will not be required to produce papers or take quizzes/exams and will not receive a grade or academic credit for completing the course. Perfect for students interested in a more collegiate experience, who wish to delve deeper into a topic, or expand their time on campus.

For more information about the MLS program, call 214-768-4273.

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