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January AARO

AARO (Academic Advising, Registration, Orientation) is designed to assist you in making a comfortable transition to University life at SMU. January AARO is a one-day program for new SMU students enrolling in the spring.  Programs provide academic requirements and expectations, campus resources, involvement opportunities and the chance to meet current students.  During your AARO session, you will also meet one-on-one with an academic advisor and register for fall classes.

You cannot register for AARO until your admission deposit is paid, and your final transcript from previous colleges and universities has been received and processed by the Division of Enrollment Services.

Breakfast and lunch are provided at the January AARO session. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend AARO with their students.  See the Parent and Family page for more details.

Check-in for AARO begins at 8:00 a.m.  An AARO Information Brochure will be mailed to each deposit-paid student when online orientation registration is live. Please read the entire brochure before attending AARO.

Please DO NOT make travel arrangements until you have registered for orientation and received a confirmation email for your AARO session.

Mustang Welcome

The second phase of January AARO is Mustang Welcome.  Mustang Welcome is an additional opportunity to meet other new students and student leaders.  On the evening of Wednesday, January 15, 2014, we will cheer on the SMU men’s basketball team as they take on Southern Florida.  To reserve your complimentary ticket for this event, please email us at Orientation@smu.edu by January 4th.