Please download the New Student Checklist. This is a checklist of items that you must complete before you start classes this fall.
STEP 1: BECOME A MUSTANG!
- Pay your nonrefundable $685 Orientation, Housing and Matriculation deposit at smu.edu/deposit (you will need your SMU email address and password)
STEP 2: SECURE HOUSING
- Beginning in February, approximately two weeks after we receive your deposit, we will e-mail you instructions on securing housing and information about your dining options.
STEP 3: VISIT
- We want to show you what your life as an SMU student will be like! If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit campus, there are many options available including Destination SMU and Admitted Student Receptions. Choose the option that is best for you. We can’t wait to welcome you to campus.
STEP 4: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will determine eligibility for federal and state financial aid (found at fafsa.gov) and the CSS Profile™, to be considered for university need-based aid (found at cssprofile.org) There is a $25 cost for completing the CSS Profile™. For priority consideration, the FAFSA and CSS Profile™ should be submitted by November 1 for Early Action and Early Decision I applicants and by January 15 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II applicants.
- Fill out the Application for Financial Aid Scholarships (email address and password required) to explore further scholarship opportunities for which you may be eligible. SMU's financial aid advisors can help you and your family determine the best way to finance your future. Click here to meet your financial aid advisor.
STEP 5: HEALTH HISTORY
- Prior to registering for classes in July, all SMU students must complete and submit the Report of Medical History and Consent of Medical Treatment form. Please click here for details and instructions on what is required. Please note Texas state law requires all students must have received the meningitis immunization within the preceding 5 years, or a booster shot is required.
STEP 6: PARENT INFORMATION
STEP 7: AARO AND MUSTANG CORRAL
- In order to fully transition into the SMU community, orientation is a two-part experience. The first part of orientation is Academic Advising Registration & Orientation (AARO). This program is held on-campus and spans two days for first-year students. At AARO you will meet your academic advisor, plan your academic schedule and register for classes. AARO sessions take place during the months of June and July.
- The second part of orientation is Mustang Corral. Mustang Corral is the extended orientation program including everything from Move-In to Convocation and includes a one night, two day off-campus retreat called Camp Corral. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet your new classmates as well as current SMU students, staff and faculty. You will also begin learning some of the most treasured SMU traditions! Mustang Corral takes place a few days before classes start in August.
- We will send you detailed information and instructions about how to register for AARO sessions and Mustang Corral in the coming weeks.