Admission Staff

Admission Staff

Kendall Dacey

Regional Assistant Director of Admission - Houston


Kendall Dacey
Regional Assistant Director of Admission - Houston
713-320-2273
kdacey@smu.edu

Schedule a virtual 1:1 appointment with Kendall.

Year I Joined the Admission Office: 2019

Favorite Thing about SMU: I love our school spirit at SMU! Students, staff, faculty, & alumni can always be seen wearing SMU swag, cheering on our sports teams, Boulevarding (tailgating), and promoting SMU both on- and off-campus. Our school spirit speaks wonders about how much the students enjoy the sense of community and incredible opportunities available at SMU.

Favorite places on campus: The Student Center! It’s home to Chick-fil-A, tacos, sushi, and great lounging areas. Also, as a coffee addict, I thrive on caffeine and the Starbucks located inside SMU’s Fondren Library is not only incredibly convenient, but it also has the best customer service. Our baristas are sure to put a smile on your face whether you are grabbing a quick coffee before class, or staying up late to study for midterms!

Favorite place in Dallas: The Katy Trail is a breath of fresh air, especially in a large city like Dallas. It’s a great running/walking trail for whenever you’re in the mood for a little nature.  

Favorite restaurant near campus: Nekter Juice Bar in Snider Plaza. I have a sweet tooth and I love starting the morning with an acai bowl – my favorite is the Acai Peanut Butter bowl. They also have a delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie in the fall time.

What I recommend during your stay in Dallas: If it’s a nice day, visit Klyde Warren Park and grab lunch at one of the many food trucks! It’s a bustling place with exceptional views of Dallas and it is equally great for family, fitness, relaxing, or exploring.

Application tips: 

  • We want to know what you’ve been up to throughout high school! Make sure to include detailed information in your college application about any activities you’ve engaged in over the past 4 years. If you’d like to provide additional information for the Admission Committee, feel free to submit a resume for consideration! 
  • When embarking on the difficult task of writing your college application essay, think about what sets you apart from other high school students. If the topic you’re thinking of is something that multiple of your friends have also experienced, it might not be the best topic to use. Instead, consider an experience or viewpoint that is unique to you. Admission Committees want to learn about what has made you who you are today, and how that contributes to who you will be in the future.