Orientation Fall 2015

Orientation Fall 2015

students at orientation

Dear Incoming Perkins Student:

Welcome to the Perkins community! You are eagerly expected at the Fall 2015 New Student Orientation. As Director of Recruitment & Admissions, I am very excited that you will be joining our community.

Fall Orientation is Thursday, August 20, 2015 and will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Prothro Hall at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.  Attendance to all parts of New Student Orientation is required of all entering students. You will have an opportunity to meet your student colleagues, peer advisor, faculty members, and administrative staff. Please plan to park in the Meadows Museum underground parking garage (#70 on your campus map). You will need to enter the left driveway of the garage. Once you arrive on campus, proceed to Prothro Hall (#29 on your campus map) to check-in at the lobby, have your picture made in Prothro 106, and then proceed to the Refectory to enjoy a continental breakfast. As we will have a busy day, please dress comfortably for our day together.

Bridwell Library will be offering a seminar on theological research. Entitled Introducing Bridwell Library, the seminar will introduce you to the essential tools you will need to complete your assignments, answer your questions, and fill you in on the unexpected ways that Bridwell Library and its staff can improve your life at Perkins, including writing support. There will only be one session of Introducing Bridwell Library, (Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 PM) that will compliment New Student Orientation. So, it is highly recommended that you attend this one session in order to get your graduate theological education off to a very good start.

To help you plan, we included links to all necessary documents for your careful review:

  • Parking, Transportation and SMU ID information

Campus Parking Permit Ordering
SMU ID Photo
DART Pass Ordering

Registration for Classes

 Registration Guidelines from the Perkins Registrar are found in the links; course selection and registration happen online at https://my.smu.edu.

Using the Perkins Schedule of Classes and following the directions from the Perkins registrar, you will be able to see which courses you should take based on your degree plan. Also, please read the memo from Division I if you are considering taking a biblical language. Non-degree students should remember their enrollment is valid for one year, and they must also follow all pre-requisites.

Registration for courses opens to incoming students on June 29 for Fall 2015 courses. You can register for courses on-line via https://my.smu.edu using your Login ID (SMU ID number) and password.

SMU ID and login information should have been sent in the mail from the SMU Division of Enrollment Services and Information Technology Services (ITS) after you were admitted. If you did not receive this information, please call the ITS Help Desk at 214-768-4357or visit smu.edu/activate to set up your password. When calling, make certain to identify yourself as a new, incoming student.

After logging in, if you find that you do not have registration privileges, it may be because you have not returned your Intent to Enroll form.  An Intent to Enroll form is included as a link. Please fill it out and fax it to us at 214-768-4245 or email it to me at hcoleman@smu.edu as soon as possible. Your health history and immunization forms must also be sent to the Health Center prior to enrollment.

Please note that we have clearly marked the courses available to first-year students in Dallas and Houston-Galveston. If you are a transfer student from another theological graduate school, please contact Joe Monroy, Perkins Registrar, prior to registration to determine your eligibility to enroll in other courses (jmonroy@smu.edu) or call 214-768-2152.

For MSM students, please contact Dr. Michael Hawn, Director of the Sacred Music program, to learn which classes you may take. He may be contacted at mhawn@smu.edu. For ThM students, please contact Dr. Evelyn Parker, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to coordinate your plan of study.  She may be contacted at eparker@smu.edu.

Community Life

During orientation, students enrolled in Dallas will be asked to pay a $30/per year community life fee.

In order to get and SMU Student ID card, after registering for your classes,  you should go to http://IDcard.smu.edu and log in using your SMU student ID number and the password you created when you activated your SMU email account. Upload a color photo that conforms to the rules set out on the upload page.  If you upload a photo that meets the requirements, you will be able to pick up your ID card without standing in line at orientation.  On the morning of new student orientation, you should be prepared to take an SMU Perkins Lookbook photo as well.

Although a free parking pass will be provided in the near future for the day of New Student Orientation, the parking rates for the 2015-2016 year are as follows: (9 credits or less per semester) $155, (10 or more credits per semester) $295. For those needing this service, permits may be ordered on our website once you are registered for classes. Then, using your SMU ID and password, log on, select order permit and follow the steps. You will need your vehicle plate number, make and model. All charges are posted to access.smu.edu on student accounts.

All new students will have the opportunity to purchase Perkins T-shirts, and hoodies. (It may be a good idea to bring your checkbook to orientation.)

Also, please be aware that once you have been assigned an SMU e-mail address, SMU e-mail is the only way that we will get in touch with you for announcements from our office, including the weekly Perkins newsletter, so be sure to check your SMU e-mail account regularly.  

Transportation to Dallas (Extension Program Students)

Students will be asked to provide their own transportation to Dallas.  Current information on Southwest Airlines** can be found at www.southwest.com.  Information on Greyhound and megabus bus service can be found at www.greyhound.com and http://us.megabus.com/, respectively.

**Prices will vary based on time of purchase. Perkins is in no way endorsing any particular airline, but has outlined Southwest Airlines flights only as an example of the cost to travel by air to Dallas.

If you are beginning your classes in the Houston-Galveston Extension program, Perkins will provide shared accommodations for one night at a Dallas hotel close to campus.  To register for a hotel room for the evening of August 19, please email me no later than July 17.

Tuition and SMU Housing

Your tuition payment due date is Tuesday, September 21. Questions about federal student loans can be directed to Gina Kelbert at gkelbert@smu.edu. Tuition and fees for the Fall and Spring terms are $914 per credit hour in Dallas and $800 per credit hour for extension courses. Please review the Division of Enrollment Services payment plan options at http://smu.edu/bursar/paymentplans.asp.

If you have made (or are making) arrangements for on-campus housing, SMU residence halls and commuter rooms will be officially open for graduate student move-in on Monday, August 17 at 9:00 a.m. You will need to check in at Virginia-Snider Commons (#13 on your campus map) front desk to get your keys. Please bring a picture ID with you when you check-in.

Other Important Dates

You will need to mark your calendars with a few important dates. Note the links included to the list of Spiritual Formation Retreat dates and locations above. This retreat is required of all M.Div., M.A.M., and M.S.M. first year students.

Fall classes begin Monday, August 24 and Thursday, August 27 in Houston (if enrolled in Spiritual Formation in Houston that class begins Monday, August 24). This may vary, however, based on your individual class schedule.

Please read all of your orientation materials carefully and thoroughly. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. If you have relocated, we ask that you forward your new address and phone number to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at your earliest convenience. I look forward to having you in the Perkins community. See you at orientation on Thursday, August 20!



Herbert S. Coleman, II
Director, Recruitment & Admissions


Again, here are few books that might be helpful as you prepare for your first year of seminary include:

How to Think Theologically by Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke
How to Read a Book by Mortimer Jerome Adler
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Seminary Student Writes by Deborah Core
Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms by Donald K. McKim.