Connect, Discern, Explore Perkins this Fall Via Virtual Information Sessions


DALLAS (SMU) – Replacing the traditional “Inside Perkins” events held on campus in past years, Perkins School of Theology’s Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) is offering a series of virtual gatherings designed to allow you to safely Connect, Discern and Explore our community as you consider your theological educational future. The full schedule of events and links for registration is available here.


Connect events provide an opportunity for you to meet with staff from the Office of Enrollment Management, which oversees recruitment, admission, financial aid and financial literacy services. You will learn about degree programs, the unique Perkins community, SMU opportunities, and more. Upcoming Connect events are scheduled for November 17, 7 p.m., CST for the Dallas program and on October 15, 12 p.m., CST, and December 2, 7 p.m., CST, to discuss the Houston-Galveston program option.  On November 11, 12 p.m. CST, the application process will be described thoroughly to aid in a seamless process for you.


Discern events are designed to comfortably speak about your call to ministry. You will have the chance to share your thoughts with current students, alumni, and others. This series kicked off with Discern Your Call with Current SMU Perkins Students on September 22. Other Discern events are scheduled: A Discernment Conversation with SMU Perkins Faculty on October 29, 7 p.m., CST, and Discernment and Decision-Making on December 8, at 12 p.m., CST.


Explore events will provide you a chance to learn about the culture and community at Perkins through virtual conversation with current students, alumni, and others. The first program, Explore SMU Perkins, is on October 6, at 12 p.m., CST. Other options in this category are Explore the Culture of SMU Perkins with Current Students, October 20, 12 p.m., CST, and Explore the SMU Perkins Community, December 16, 7 p.m., CST.


“We know from many of our students that the opportunity to visit campus and meet faculty and students made all the difference as they were considering making a choice for their theological education,” said Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management. “Given the limitations created by COVID-19, we hope these virtual events will give prospective students another vehicle to experience the warm hospitality and unique community that is Perkins as they seek to take important next steps in deciding the best fit for them. In the end, that is what is most important.”


Prospective students with additional questions about the virtual events or admission applications may contact Stephen Bagby, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, at or 214-768-2139.