Carla Arellano


Carla Arellano
Assistant Director of
Transfer Admission

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Year I Joined the Office of Admission: 2019

Favorite Thing about SMU: It has to be a combination of two things; the Collegiate Georgian architecture and the camaraderie on campus. Personally, walking from one beautifully designed building to another inspires wonderful thoughts, ideas, and just makes me happy, which is one of the best things about this university. 

Favorite place on campus: This is a favorite for many, but it is also mine…the Meadows Museum. The collections of art that are accessible to students and the community of Dallas are astonishing, not to mention the exhibitions. 

Favorite place in Dallas: The Dallas Farmers Market on Harwood Street is always a great idea to seek out the best seasonal fruits, veggies, or products, but the market goes beyond your “traditional” farmers market. 

Favorite restaurant near campus: While there are so many wonderful options on Greenville Avenue, “Pho Is for Lovers” is definitely one of my favorite dining experiences near campus.

What I recommend during your stay in Dallas: If you are a history buff, you’re in luck! We are surrounded by incredible historical sites in Dallas and taking a tour downtown is always a great idea. Don’t forget to visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza which highlights the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy, not to mention the tragic event that rocked our nation.