Frequently Asked Questions

AARO (Academic Advising, Registration, and Orientation) is the first part of the orientation process designed to assist you in making a comfortable transition to University life at SMU. It is a two-day program for First-Year students who will be enrolling in the Fall at SMU.  Sessions are designed to offer information to assist you in your transition to SMU.  Programs provide academic requirements and expectations, campus resources, involvement opportunities and the chance to meet current students.  During your AARO session, you will also meet one-on-one with an academic advisor and register for fall classes.

You cannot register for orientation until your admission deposit is paid, and your final transcript from previous colleges and universities has been received and processed by the Division of Enrollment Services.  This process takes a minimum of two weeks.

Please DO NOT make travel arrangements until you have registered for orientation and received a confirmation email for your AARO session.  Registration for AARO will be available in March for students who have paid their deposit.

For more specific information on AARO please go to: smu.edu/StudentAffairs/NewStudent

Students may earn credit in advance of attending SMU through AP exams, IB higher level exams and dual credit programs.  This advanced credit can help you progress through your degree plan more quickly.  Complete policies can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog available at: http://www.smu.edu/catalogs


IB Exam Credit:  SMU awards six to eight credits for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on higher level exams in transferable subjects.


Dual Credit:  High school courses taken as dual credit are evaluated for transferability to SMU.  A Transfer Equivalency List form the Dallas-Fort Worth area community colleges is available at smu.edu/registrar/transfer/index.asp

Courses not appearing on this list or courses from other institutions are evaluated at the time the official transcript is received.Note - an Official transcript from the College or University must be sent to SMU in advance of AARO.


AP Exam Credit:  SMU awards credit for scores of 4or 5 on AP exams.The student must contact the College Board and request that ALL scores be sent to SMU. Requesting scores from your senior year does NOT automatically send all of your previous scores.  Scores should be sent in advance of AARO.


Course credit awarded for AP Exams


AP Examination

Scores

Credits Awarded

Course(s) Credited

American History

4, 5

6 Hours

HIST 2311, 2312

Art

4, 5

3 Hours

ASDR1300, ASPH1300, ASPT1300

Art History

4, 5

6 Hours

ARHS 1303, 1304

Biology

4, 5

8 Hours

BIOL 1401, 1402

Chemistry

4, 5

8 Hours

CHEM 1303,/1113, 1304/1114

Computer Science A

4, 5

3 Hours

CSE 1341

Computer Science AB

4, 5

3 Hours

CSE 1341

Macro Economics

4, 5

3 Hours

ECO 1312

Micro Economics

4, 5

3 Hours

ECO 1311

English Lng/C or Lit/C

4, 5

6 Hours

DISC 1311, 1312

Environmental Science

4, 5

3 Hours

GEOL 1315

European History

4, 5

6 Hours

HIST 2365, 2366

American Government

4, 5

3 Hours

PLSC 1320

Comparative Government

4, 5

3 Hours

PLSC 1340

Human Geography

4,5

3 Hours

HUM 10XX

Chinese Language & Culture

4,5

16 Hours

CHIN 1401, 1402, 2401, 2402

French

4, 5

16 Hours

FREN 1401, 1402, 2401, 2455

German

4, 5

14 Hours

GERM 1401, 1402, 2311, 2312

Italian

4, 5

16 Hours

ITAL 1401, 1402, 2401, 2402

Japanese Language & Culture

4, 5

16 Hours

JAPN 1401, 1402, 2401, 2402

Latin

4, 5

14 Hours

LATN 1401, 1402, 2311, 2312

Spanish

4, 5

15 Hours

SPAN 1401, 1402, 2401, 2302

Calculus AB

4, 5

3 Hours

MATH 1337

Calculus BC

3 if AB subscore of 4

3 Hours

MATH 1337

Calculus BC

4

3 Hours

MATH 1337

Calculus BC

5

6 Hours

MATH 1337, 1338

Music Theory

4, 5

6 Hours

FETC 10XX

Physics B

4, 5

6 Hours

SCI 10XX ( no lab credit)

Physics C (Mech)

4, 5

3 Hours

PHYS 1303 (no lab credit)

Physics C (E&M)

4, 5

3 Hours

PHYS 1304 (no lab credit)

Psychology

4, 5

3 Hours

PSYC 1300

Statistics

4, 5

3 Hours

STAT 2331

World History

4, 5

3 Hours

HUM 10XX

For admission to a degree program in Lyle, a student must

1. have completed 24 credit hours               2. attain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA

3. attain 2.5 or higher GPA in the following courses (except Management Science):

                DISC 1312/2305 or equivalent     DISC 1313/2306 or equivalent

                MATH 1337 or equivalent       MATH 1338 or equivalent

4. have a minimum of two of the following courses for each Lyle major:

Civil Engineering:  CEE 1302, CEE/ME 2310

Computer Engineering:  CSE 1341, 1342, KNW 2300

Computer Science:  CSE 1341, 1342, KNW 2300

Electrical Engineering:  EE 1322, 1382, 2381, CSE 1341, CHEM 1303, PHYS 1303 (minimum of two)

Environmental Engineering:  CEE 1302, CEE/ME 2310

Mechanical Engineering:  ME 1302, ME 1305 or CSE 1341, ME/CEE 2310 (minimum of two)

Management Science:  EMIS 1360, CSE 1341 and 1342

1.            “C” or better in all subset courses

2.            3.0 all college GPA                          

3.            Completed 39 hours

4.            Must meet subset GPA + all college GPA in same semester

With the exception of courses repeated using the First Year Repeat Policy, all attempts of subset courses will be used in computing the subset GPA. The subset GPA for students who have AP or IB credit is based upon the remaining graded subset courses.


At SMU, we are transforming the residential life model for students through our Residential Commons program, which integrates the academic, residential and social experience. Living in one of the 11 on-campus Residential Commons during your first two years at SMU, you'll find it's easier to make friends and transition smoothly to university life in a supportive environment. Living and interacting with students from across the United States and the world enriches you and prepares you to be a world changer in today's global society.

At SMU, our residential facilities feature a variety of room types and shared bathroom styles along with these common features:

  • Common areas for study and social activities
  • Computer Connections via Ethernet and Wireless Connections
  • 24-Hour Exterior Card Access System
  • All residential facilities are co-ed
  • Air Conditioned
  • Laundry Rooms with Washers & Dryers
  • Microwave Ovens Available in the building
  • Smoke-Free: Smoking is NOT permitted in any University building
  • Resident Assistant and Residential Community Director residence life staff
  • Rooms are furnished with bed, dresser, desk and desk chair per occupancy
  • Carpeted Rooms

Incoming first-year and transfer students are assigned to one of the 11 Residential Commons:  Armstrong, Boaz, Cockrell-McIntosh, Crum, Kathy Crow, Loyd, Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles, McElvaney, Morrison-McGinnis, Virginia-Snider and Ware. All RCs have a Faculty in Residence as well as a classroom for the RC.

Upperclass housing options for juniors and seniors include:  Daniel House, Moore Hall, Multicultural Greek House, Smith Hall, SMU Service House. Rising sophomores may also be assigned to upperclass housing, pending availability.

Is there an on-campus housing requirement?

Beginning in the Fall of 2013, incoming first-year students are required to live on campus for their first two years at SMU. Exceptions to the live-on requirement may be requested for students from Dallas who will be living at home with a parent or guardian in the primary residence of the parent/guardian.

Is on-campus housing guaranteed?

Housing is guaranteed only for students who are required to live on-campus. For other students, housing is not guaranteed until a hall assignment is made.

How do I apply for housing?

New first-year and transfer students may apply for housing after being admitted to SMU and paying the admission deposit to Undergraduate Admissions. (The $100 non-refundable, advance housing deposit is included in the admission deposit.) The housing application and license agreement are on-line and instructions are sent to students after the deposit is processed.

Returning resident will reapply for housing in the Spring semester. Complete information is sent to residents in January. Students not currently living on-campus may inquire at the RLSH central office in Boaz regarding the application process.

How are housing assignments made?

Incoming students will be distributed to an RC and will live in their RC for two years. Each RC will house students from across campus representing all SMU colleges and schools. Specific RCs cannot be requested.

For more information, please visit the Residence Life & Student Housing website: smu.edu/StudentAffairs/Housing


State of SMU Education Abroad

SMU is sending greater and greater numbers of students abroad each year. Approximately 35% of SMU undergraduates participate on SMU programs during their academic career. Traditionally, the vast majority of SMU students choose to study abroad in Europe. In recent years, more students have opted for more "hands-on" learning experiences through internship, service or directed research programs.

Program Options

With the launching of 100 new semester programs in Fall 2009, SMU offers over 130 programs in over 45 countries around the globe. The offerings allow students to earn SMU academic credit toward degree requirements and retain some if not all financial aid while abroad on SMU programs.

Quality

SMU regards global engagement as an important and integral part of the SMU educational experience. SMU Abroad programs are vetted for their academic value and quality of their student services by the Education Abroad Council, made up of SMU faculty members and international program administrators. The faculty-led summer and winter programs take advantage of overseas locations to customize course content, make it meaningful to the site and provide opportunities for students to engage with the local culture.

To ensure academic rigor, courses taken abroad at partner universities are reviewed by SMU academic departments for approval. Because most "SMU-in" semester programs have long legacies, substantial numbers of courses have been approved. Recently added provider programs require students to petition for course approval as part of the application process.

To ensure program quality, an open line of communication exists with all program administrators. Students are encouraged to complete program evaluations at the end of each term. The information is taken seriously and used to make improvements. SMU Abroad routinely assesses programs.

Benefits

There is a full range of benefits - educational, personal, and professional - that students receive while participating in programs abroad. Students not only develop a knowledge of other cultures that is crucial to U.S. domestic and international interests, but they also acquire characteristics such as adaptability, independence, initiative, maturity and an appreciation of diverse populations that can enhance their lives and their future careers. SMU knows that employers, as well as graduate, law and medical school admissions committees, are interested in the international experience of candidates and see this as an experience that sets students apart.

Support

The SMU Abroad team includes four globally-engaged staff members who provide superior service to students before, during and after their experience abroad. Interested undergraduates have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one advising appointments with an SMU Abroad adviser to discuss their options. In addition to individual appointments, it is recommended that students begin their understanding of SMU Abroad programs by attending one of the daily information sessions, followed by coming to the annual fair held in early fall semester. There are also group orientations for all programs, and re-entry events for students returning to campus after their time abroad.

For more information, please visit: https://abroad.smu.edu/

A Lyle Engineering Master’s Degree helps you in the job market – more money, more responsibility, more contacts, and more options for your future. Take the time now to become a leader in engineering.

  • Earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time than completing the degrees separately.
  • Start exploring this option in the spring of your sophomore year and apply to the program early in your junior year.
  • Begin taking graduate-level coursework that will be applied to both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees (up to 9 hours).
  • Network with your graduate-level classmates who have years of experience to share with you.

Work and Study, Options for Master’s Classes

Undergraduates with co-ops and job offers can work and study at the same time. Your graduate coursework can be completed though evening classes on campus and/or distance education. Lyle Engineering offers convenient and flexible options to working professionals who are continuing their education, in Dallas and across the nation.

4+1 Leadership and Service Scholarship Information

The Lyle School of Engineering offers 4+1 Accelerated Master’s Degree Program scholarships worth up to 75% of fifth-year tuition. Depending on your GPA and volunteer and leadership contributions to the Lyle School, up to 75% of the tuition of your 7 Lyle graduate level 4+1 courses in a Lyle graduate program could be covered. The 4+1 Leadership and Service Scholarship is only applicable to Lyle School of Engineering master level programs and not to other graduate programs at SMU.

3.750-3.899   SMU GPA could earn a scholarship of 50% tuition - does not include student fee charges.

3.900-4.000   SMU GPA could earn a scholarship of 75% tuition - does not include student fee charges.

How to Apply

Please note: The 4+1 Leadership and Service Scholarship is not awarded until the bachelors degree has been conferred.  The scholarship is awarded based on the student’s cumulative SMU undergraduate GPA at the time of graduation with the undergraduate degree AND contributions to the Lyle School of Engineering via volunteer work and leadership activities.  The scholarship covers tuition (not student fees) for the 7 additional Lyle graduate courses required for the first masters degree received.

8 hours per semester of documented volunteer and leadership work per semester is the minimum requirement in addition to the GPA requirement.  Seniors should have completed 48 hours of volunteer/leadership activity by the time of graduation with the undergraduate degree.  Students currently in the SMU Lyle undergraduate program need to inquire about their specific volunteer commitments.

At the end of the undergraduate program, the application is submitted and will be reviewed by the 4+1 Leadership and Service Scholarship Committee.  All leadership and volunteer activity will be verified by the offices which supervised the activity.

If you are interested in the 4+1 Accelerated Master’s Degree Program, you need to apply to the Lyle graduate program in which you are interested. Indicate that you wish to be evaluated as a 4+1 Program candidate.

4+1 Program Application Forms

4+1 Scholarship Application  

(Applicants must also complete a Graduate Application)

Graduate Application

(for US Citizens, Permanent Residents, H1/H4 Visa Holders)

Graduate Application

(for International Students)

Please submit completed scholarship applications to:

Jim Dees, Suite 353 Caruth

jdees@lyle.smu.edu

Admission Requirements

  1. Be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the Lyle School of Engineering
  2. Achieved junior-level status
  3. Apply no later than one year prior to the time you would graduate with a B.S. degree
  4. Have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Have three letters of recommendation, preferably one from the student’s academic advisor and two from other faculty members in the Lyle School of Engineering
  6. Be accepted into the desired M.S. program

Master’s Degree Requirements

  1. Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 in the M.S. degree course work (including the graduate course work applied towards the undergraduate degree requirements)
  2. Complete a minimum of 21 term-credit hours of graduate coursework at SMU
  3. Meet all requirements for your B.S. and M.S. degrees

The Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center provides students with the resources to respond effectively to specific academic challenges in order to successfully complete their undergraduate curriculum. Their resources include tutoring services, a writing center, workshops, and disability accommodations. To learn more about the ALEC please visit: http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC.

The Recruitment and Retention Office is also here to help you should you need any academic assistance. Last year we paired over 300 engineering students with peer tutors to help struggling students succeed. Fondly referred to by current students as Club 102, our office has an open door policy should you need anything during your time at SMU.

It’s ok!  35% of Lyle’s engineering students begin school as engineering undecided. You can take a class your first semester called Engineering and Beyond, a one-hour course designed to assist first-year students in making an informed decision about their interest and subsequent choice of major. Students experience every engineering department and the degrees offered through real-world examples of engineering.