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Student Center Room Descriptions and Photos

Atrium AB or CD—These rooms can be two large rooms or four smaller rooms. They are mainly used for meetings, trainings and rehearsals.
Max Capacity: 50 (auditorium)

Ballroom 8

Ballroom 3

Ballroom 6

Ballroom
  • Ballroom East or West—These rooms are mainly used for small speaking engagements, luncheons, dinners, receptions, medium-size meetings and for rehearsals.
    Max Capacity: 80 (rounds)
  • Ballroom Central—This room is mainly used for small speaking engagements, luncheons, dinners, receptions, medium-size meetings and for rehearsals.
    Max Capacity: 80 (rounds)
  • Ballroom West-Central (combined)—These rooms are mainly used for medium-size speaking engagements, luncheons, dinners, receptions, large-size meetings and for rehearsals.
    Max Capacity: 160 (rounds)
  • Ballroom East-Central (combined)—These rooms are mainly used for medium-size speaking engagements, luncheons, dinners, receptions, large-size meetings and for rehearsals.
    Max Capacity: 160 (rounds)
  • Ballroom East-Central-West (combined)—The three ballrooms can be used for large speaking engagements, luncheons, dinners, galas, conferences, exhibitions, job fairs, and wedding receptions.
    Max capacity: 500 (auditorium); 400 (rounds)


Commons—This is the most visited area on campus. It is a beautiful open atrium with a glass ceiling. Lectures, press conferences, rallies and special events are held in this area.
Max capacity: 60


The Crossing—The Crossing space is located on the main level of the Student Center next to the Commons area. Outside vendors, student organizations and departments use this space for sales, promotion and fundraising.


Portico A—This room is used for small meetings.
Max capacity: 12


Portico B-C-D—This room can be divided into three smaller rooms. It is mainly used for meetings, lectures and rehearsals.
Max capacity: 60 (auditorium)

Portico E—This room may be used for small to mid-size meetings and lectures.
Max capacity: 10 at the conference table, 18 in the room.

Prefunction Area—In conjunction with SMU's Centennial Celebration and its look ahead to the next 100 years, the University has transformed the lower level of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center into Centennial Hall. The centerpiece of this space is the exhibition "A Second Century of Achievement." The state-of-the-art, interactive display is designed to engage visitors of all ages in the life and future of the University. Centennial Hall is the site of major University events, involving prospective and current students and their families, alumni events and reunions, other campus events, and those hosted by community and corporate groups.

The space provides limited seating in front of the Theatre, Forum, and Promenades.

Promenades AB—This room can be divided into two smaller sections. It is used for banquets, small meetings, small lectures, hospitality room and much more.
Max capacity: 100

The Forum—This room is mainly used for lectures, meetings, multimedia presentations, and demonstrations.
Max capacity: 100


The Theatre—This room is mainly used for large lectures, movie screenings, small-scale theater productions, and concerts.
Max capacity: 500


The Varsity—This room is mainly used for band performances, rehearsals, wedding receptions, award presentations, small lectures or gatherings. The Varsity is used as a general eating space during the business day and becomes a reservable space after 7pm. This room has a baby grand piano, three big-screen televisions, and furniture for eating. The room leads out to a beautiful courtyard that can be decorated.
Max capacity: 188

The West Bridge—This is the area outside of the west side of Hughes-Trigg. Students and departments may set up tables there to promote upcoming events or fundraise