Advising and Major Delaration Process


All students enter SMU as “premajors.” Those students intending a major within Lyle Engineering should clearly indicate their intention on their application to SMU and with their admission counselor. Students can list a specific engineering discipline or simply “engineering.” This designation during the admissions process makes students eligible to be considered for engineering scholarships. For more information on Undergraduate Lyle Engineering Scholarships, see Financial Aid.

Engineering premajors are assigned to one of the engineering premajor advisers, who work with students through the required engineering subset. Completion of the engineering subset takes an average of two semesters. For further information on the engineering subset, see the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Transfer students from another college or university should work closely with the Transfer Admissions office to ensure a smooth transition. Transfer Quick Connect guides are available to assist students in preparing for and understanding the Lyle Engineering degree programs. Transfer students are typically admitted to SMU as premajors but may declare an engineering major during AARO if they have completed the engineering subset.

Admission to advanced standing is a two part process that requires approval of UAC and the engineering department offering a student’s intended major. Upon approval, students are matched with a faculty adviser.

Students are required to meet with their academic advisers at least once a semester. Students may wish to meet with their adviser more often to discuss opportunities such as 4-year degree plans, courses and co-op, study abroad, etc.