students at orientation

Orientation Spring 2017

Orientation Spring 2017

December 16, 2016


Dear Student:

On behalf of the Student Affairs staff, we look forward to welcoming you to the Perkins community!  I write today to give you more information on our upcoming New Student Orientation. 

Spring Orientation is Tuesday, January 24, 2017 and will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Prothro Hall.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Attendance to all parts of New Student Orientation is required of all entering students.  Please plan to park in the Meadows Museum underground parking garage noted on your campus map (#60).  You will need to enter the left driveway of the garage and utilize the attached parking pass.  From Mockingbird Lane, the entrance can be accessed by taking the first possible right (Schlegel St.) off of Bishop Blvd. and then turning left into the Meadows Museum parking garage.  Enter through the left gate at that garage.  Once you arrive on campus, you will need to check in at Prothro Hall (#27). 

Keep in mind that your Orientation will include a walking tour of Southern Methodist University’s campus.  As such, we recommend that you dress for warmth and comfort.

Students enrolled in the Houston-Galveston Extension Program will need to provide their own transportation to Dallas.  Current information on Southwest Airlines can be found at **Prices will vary based on time of purchase.  Perkins is in no way endorsing any particular airline, but has outlined Southwest Airlines flights as only an example of the cost to travel by air to Dallas.

However, if you will be enrolled in the Houston-Galveston Extension Program, Perkins will provide shared accommodations for one night at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities for New Student Orientation.  To register for a hotel room for the evening of January 23, 2017, please contact me directly at and request accommodations no later than January 13, 2017.  A complimentary hotel shuttle service will be available for transportation to/from Dallas Love Field airport (by calling the hotel at 214.750.6060) and to/from the SMU campus.

This required Orientation is a time for you to gather information that will be essential to you as a Perkins student. To help you plan, we have provided attachments and links to the following for your careful review:


    For your planning, spring 2017 classes begin on January 26, 2017 for the Dallas campus and at our Houston-Galveston Extension Program.  Be sure to check your individual schedules for the first meeting of your classes.  SMU will be closed December 23, 2015 -January 2, 2017. We ask that you register for your classes beginning on December 19, 2016, but no later than January 15, 2017. 

    The first link above is a letter from the Perkins Registrar, Joseph Monroy, that you will need to read first in reference to registration.  We have marked the courses available to first-year students with a bullet (+) to the left of the course on Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes.  If you are a transfer student from another theological institution, eligibility for other courses that are not marked should be determined after consultation with the Perkins Registrar prior to New Student Orientation.  Mr. Monroy may also be contacted at or at 214.768.2152 on December 19-22, 2016. 

    You can register for courses on-line via using your Login ID (SMU ID number) and password.

    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.

    After logging in, you will notice that there is a hold on your account. It is related to the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy.  Students must log in to in order to affirm they have read and agree to the University’s policy on Student Rights and Responsibilities.  Log in to and select the Student Center.  Then select the Rights and Responsibilities Hold on the upper right hand side of the page. Click on Rights and Responsibilities. Read the instructions and at the end of the instructions, click on Student Rights and Responsibilities. Review and Agree to each of the three sections - Financial Rights and Responsibilities, the Honor Code & Student Code of Conduct and Appeals & Complaints. Check I Agree for the entire page and then click Confirm.  Additionally, if you find that you do not have registration privileges, it may be because you have not returned your Intent to Enroll form.  An Intent to Enroll form is included as a link. Please fill it out and fax it to us at 214-768-4245 or email it to me at as soon as possible. Your health history and immunization forms must also be sent to the Health Center prior to enrollment.

    For MSM students, please contact Dr. Michael Hawn, Director of the Sacred Music program, to learn which classes you may take. He may be contacted at For ThM students, please contact Dr. Evelyn Parker, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to coordinate your plan of study.  She may be contacted at


    You may enroll in a monthly payment plan if necessary.  A monthly payment plan is available or e-mail Stephen Mathew, Student Account Specialist at (214) 768-4758 in the SMU Division of Enrollment Services.  Tuition and fees for the Spring term is $951 per credit hour in Dallas and $832 per credit hour for extension courses.  For information about Federal student loans, please contact Meredith Turner, Enrollment Services-Graduate Financial Aid, at or (214) 768-2371.  If you are interested in a student loan, please complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 

    Other Information

    During Orientation students enrolled in Dallas will be asked to pay a $15 community life fee.  Also, all new students will have the opportunity to purchase Perkins T-shirts.  It may be a good idea to bring your checkbook to Orientation. 

    In order to get and SMU Student ID card, after registering for your class(es), you should go to and log in using your SMU student ID number and the password you created when you activated your SMU e-mail account. Upload a color photo that conforms to the rules set out on the upload page.  If you upload a photo that meets the requirements, you will be able to pick up your ID card without standing in line at orientation.  On the morning of new student orientation, you should be prepared to take an SMU Perkins Lookbook photo as well. 

    Although a free parking pass will be provided in the near future for the day of New Student Orientation, the parking rates for the 2016-2017 year are as follows: (9 credits or less per semester) $155, (10 or more credits per semester) $300 in Dallas. For those needing this service,permits may be ordered on our website once you are registered for classes. Then, using your SMU ID and password, log on, select order permit and follow the steps. You will need your vehicle plate number, make and model. All charges are posted to on student accounts.

    As you can see, we have many things to cover in a relatively short amount of time, so plan to be on time and to attend Orientation in its entirety.  Please make it a habit to check your SMU e-mail account frequently.  This is the main way that the University will be contacting you once you enroll.   

    Effective October 1, 2013, Texas law requires that all new students under the age of 22 must provide documentation to the Health Center demonstrating that they have been vaccinated against Bacterial Meningitis within the past 5 years and prior to the 10th class day of their first term. Visit the Health Center website for more information.

    Articles for Theological Discussion

    All new students are expected to read the three attached readings by Thomas Aquinas,Pope Benedict XVI and Zora Neale Hurston.   These should be read and reflected upon prior to orientation.  For as noted on the schedule, Dr. James Kang Hoon Lee, Assistant Professor of the History of Early Christianity will lead a Theological Discussion entitled, "Faith Seeking Understanding: The Intellectual Tasks of Theology in Pastoral Ministry" on these readings during orientation and we are planning to have small group discussions about the readings as well.  Also, these readings should be brought with you to orientation.

    Please read all of your Orientation materials carefully and thoroughly. 

    Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  I look forward to having you in the Perkins community.  We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we will see you at Orientation!



    Herbert S. Coleman, II

    Director, Recruitment & Admissions

    Perkins School of Theology

    at Southern Methodist University

    216 Kirby Hall 

    PO Box 750133 

    Dallas, Texas 75275
    214-768-2139 office

    214-768-4245 fax


    A few books that might be helpful as you prepare for your first year of seminary include:

    How to Think Theologically by Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke

    How to Read a Book by Mortimer Jerome Adler

    On Writing Well by William Zinsser

    Seminary Student Writes by Deborah Core

    Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms by Donald K. McKim.