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Hilltop Scholars Program

Advantages of the HSP Experience

As a Hilltop Scholar you will take popular courses from some of our most dedicated instructors, and you will take those courses with a group of like-minded, high-achieving students. These courses will meet many of your University Curriculum requirements and will give you common ground with other HSP Scholars from the beginning of your academic experience at SMU.  We give some of our brightest students a foundation for intellectual success.

What our students say:

"This program provided me with an easy transition into college life. We shared the same English class, served our community each month and quickly became close friends."
-Lahela Williams

"I am so glad that I decided to take part in this program. Not only was it an awesome way to be instantly involved in school activities, but it is also helped me meet so many great people who have similar interests to mine."
-Anam Hadwani

"This program allowed me to be a part of a small group of people on campus before I even arrived. This allowed me to make friends quickly, feel more at home and provided me with a network of people who were all in my class. This helped keep my grades up and allowed me to meet more people. I am very happy I decided to take part and would encourage others to do the same."
-Trevor Wolfe

"This program has been an enrichment to my college experience that I had not anticipated.  It allowed me to learn new skills, serve others, grow in a leadership position, and enjoy the community not only on campus but in the Dallas area. My favorite part of the program has been building relationships; not only do you meet friends that you can have for the next four years, you learn how to work toward something greater than yourself." 
-Brianna McIntyre

"This program really allowed me to start my career at SMU on the right foot. The program exceeded any expectations I ever had and provided me with the opportunities of a lifetime. I was given a University award for some of the community service work I did for the program, and I made so many lifelong friends in class and while doing community service.  I was fortunate enough to have a strong bond with the Program Director who has written me countless recommendations and given me excellent advice about my future endeavors.  Even though I'm not technically in the program anymore, I still find myself coming to events and definitely promoting the program to incoming students.  The program is exclusive and absolutely exceptional, and that is definitely something to brag about!"
-Megan Gray

"The service experiences that we have shared in the program not only brought us closer together as a group, but also have helped us form strong relationships with service organizations in Dallas."
-Sean Vogel

"I've become a better person by volunteering my time to help others. I learned values and lessons that could not be taught in the classroom. Working with peers and meeting the individuals we help is something I want to continue doing not just at SMU, but for the rest of my life."
-Christine Medrano

"When I was coming into SMU as a freshman, I didn't know anyone and was really unsure about coming to a school that was as big as the town I grew up in. However, being a part of this program made me feel like I was back at home. I was able to get to know people quickly and people were all really nice and driven. It definitely helped with my transition from high school to college, and I met some of my best friends and future sorority sisters!"
-Savannah Stephens

"This program provided an incredible opportunity to make friends and serve the greater Dallas community. Within the first few days, I knew each member of the organization, and within a couple months, we shared a unique bond of friendship. I often met with my peers for lunch, for meetings, for class, and for community service. We volunteered for a variety of organizations, and our time spent working also served as time hanging out. I am glad I joined the program. It was a great way to start my college experience."
-Matt Smoldt