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About SMU-in-Plano

Directions to SMU-in-Plano are available online. SMU-in-Plano offers plenty of free parking and no decal is required.

Just 20 miles north of the hilltop, the Plano campus is located off the North Dallas Tollway at 5236 Tennyson Parkway in the Legacy Business Park. This location is easily accessible from all points throughout the DFW metroplex and will prove especially convenient to many SMU students who reside in North Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Frisco and other parts of Collin and Denton counties.

SMU-in-Plano sits in the shadows of the corporate headquarters of Hewlett-Packard, J.C. Penney, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Denbury, Encana, Capital One, MedAssets, and several others. Originally the training facility for EDS (now HP), the campus is set on 16 landscaped acres and consists of four buildings and nearly 200,000 square feet of space.

SMU-in-Plano is close to numerous restaurants ranging from fast-food to gourmet. The campus is also close to major malls, including Stonebriar Centre and The Shops at Willow Bend; upscale "lifestyle" centers such as The Shops at Legacy and Lakeside Market and various entertainment venues like Angelika Theater, Dr. Pepper StarCenter and Dave & Buster's.

Transportation Options

The quickest way to get to the SMU-in-Plano campus is via the Dallas North Tollway (DNT). Because the DNT is all-electronic tolling, drivers can pay tolls through a TollTag account or through Zip Cash.

Please note, ZipCash users pay toll rates that are 50% higher than TollTag customers.  A premium is added to each toll to cover the costs of processing. Visit the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) website for more information about a TollTag and ZipCash options.

A one way trip from the Mockingbird Lane toll station to the Spring Creek/Tennyson exit is $2.93 for TollTag customers and $4.40 for ZipCash users. For an accurate calculation of tolls accrued during your drive to the SMU-in-Plano campus, please download the NTTA Trip Calculator Chart.

To avoid tolls, students can take Preston Road or Hillcrest Road (which turns into Ohio Drive) to the SMU-in-Plano campus. From either of these streets, turn left on Tennyson; the campus will be on the left just past a small side street called Pinecrest.