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January AARO

January AARO 2017 will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on January 18th!

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.

Registration for January AARO will open on December 1st. 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.

Brunch is 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 9:00 a.m. Before registration opens, the New Student Transition Guide, an online PDF, will available on this page. The New Student Transition Guide will give you information about how to prepare for AARO, what occurs during AARO, and SMU resources that will help you be successful in your first semester. 

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