students at orientation


Orientation Spring 2018

Dear Incoming Perkins Student,

Welcome to the Perkins community! You are eagerly expected at the Spring 2018 New Student Orientation. As Director of Recruitment & Admissions, I am very excited that you will be joining our community.

Orientation Details

Date and Times

Spring orientation will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 9am to 4pm, beginning in Kirby Hall. Look for a detail schedule immediately after the holidays.


Attendance and Accommodations

Orientation is required for all entering students: Dallas and Houston-Galveston. Houston-Galveston students need to provide their own transportation to Dallas, but we will provide shared hotel accommodations for the evening of Monday, January 22, 2018. Please email or call me to arrange a room by noon on Friday, January 12, 2018.


Theological Discussion

 Please read and bring with you the attached article, "Who do you say that I am,' Jesus or Jesse? A Reflection on Christology and Christian Identity" by Professor Hugo Magallanes. During orientation, Professor Magallanes will lead a small-group based discussion on the article.



Spring Semester Registration Details


You may register for classes between December 20 and January 15. Please see the letter from SMU|Perkins registrar, Joe Monroy, with detailed instructions. The first official day of classes is schedules, and book lists, can be found by visiting our Academic Services webpage. SMU will be closed from December 23 to January 1.


SMU ID and Parking

To activate your SMU ID, first, login to

  • Select "Student Center".
  • Choose " Rights and Responsibilities Hold" on the upper right-hand side of page.
  • Read the instructions and select "Student Rights and Responsibilities".
  • Review and agree to:
  • Financial Rights and Responsibilities,
  • Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct, and
  • Appeals and Complaints.
  • Check " I Agree" and then "Confirm".


SMU ID Photo

After registering for your classes, go to, and log in using your SMU log-in credentials. Upload a color photo confirming to the rules set out on the "Upload" page. If your photo meets those rules, you will be able to pick up your ID card without standing in line at orientation. On the morning of orientation, you will take an SMU Perkins Lookbook photo as well.  



Parking rates for the spring 2018 semester in Dallas are as follow: $85 (9 credits or fewer), $165 (10 or greater credits per semester). For more information and to order a permit, click here after you register for classes.


Your SMU ID should have been sent in the mail from the SMU Division of Enrollment Services after you were admitted. To set your initial account password, visit If you have any difficulty with your account, please call the IT Help Desk at 214-768-4357.


Insurance and Health Canter

All incoming students are requires by law to have health insurance and to return the Student Health History Form to the SMU Health Center. By Texas law, all new students under 22 must provide documentation to the Health Center demonstrating that they have been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis within the past five years and prior to the tenth day of class of their first term. For additional details, see "Health Requirements for All Incoming Students".

Please make it a habit to check your SMU e-mail account frequently as this is the main way that the University will be contacting you. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we'll see you on January 23!



Herbert Coleman

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

SMU|Perkins School of Theology