Transfer Students

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After You've Been Admitted

Admitted Transfer Student Checklist 

Please review the Admitted Transfer Student Checklist. The checklist will go over important dates and to-do items before your first day of class.

Residency Requirement

SMU requires all undergraduate students to complete a minimum of 60 hours at SMU to earn an SMU undergraduate degree, and the maximum number of transfer credits that apply to your SMU degree is generally 62. If you have more than 62 transferable hours, they will all ‘transfer’ and be used in the admissions, scholarships and financial aid processes, but you must still complete a minimum 60 hours at SMU. You and your academic advisor will determine which hours will apply to the SMU degree.

Enrollment Deposits

For all degree-seeking undergraduate transfer students entering SMU, a nonrefundable $420 Orientation and Matriculation deposit is required to reserve your place at SMU. Students who are younger than age 20 on August 15 for Fall entry or January 5 for Spring entry are required to submit an additional $100 Housing deposit. This $420 ($520 if Housing is required or requested) nonrefundable deposit can be paid online or sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.Transfer students must also submit the Statement of Good Standing form with their deposit. Space can be guaranteed only to those students who have submitted the deposit and Statement of Good Standing form by the appropriate deadline. 
Fall entry
  • July 1
Spring entry
  • December 1
Summer entry
  • May 1

Housing deposit

SMU requires all first- and second-year students to live on campus. This requirement includes transfer students who are younger than age 20 on August 15 for Fall entry or January 5 for Spring entry. Those students must submit a $100 Housing deposit along with their $420 Orientation and Matriculation deposit, payable online. Transfer students older than age 20 may request housing by paying the $100 housing deposit online, along with their Orientation and Matriculation deposit. Housing is offered to these students on a space-available basis. The Office of Residence Life and Student Housing will follow up with you by email after you pay your deposit to make housing arrangements.

Orientation and Registration

At SMU, all students are required to attend AARO (Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation) where you will meet with an advisor, register for classes and learn about the resources and opportunities available to SMU students. For fall entry, AARO is in July or August. For spring entry, AARO is in January. For more information, go to the Student Transitions and Orientation office webpage.

Students with disabilities

If academic accommodations for a disability may be needed, the student must first contact the office of Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) office to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for accommodations. Since it can take up to two weeks to review documentation to determine eligibility, it is important to submit documentation early.