Student Athlete Academic Services

The Student Athlete Academic Services team helps student athletes become more independent, self-confident, and efficient learners through counseling student athletes at orientation and registration sessions, identifying academic support needs through consultation with coaches and student athletes, and conferring with faculty and academic advisors to determine the most effective academic assistance and services.

Our Mission

Recognizing that SMU Division I student-athletes commit to representing the University, and thus face the unique challenge of balancing academic and athletic objectives, the Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) team is tasked with providing mentoring and core skills support to these gifted students; help them respond effectively to specific academic challenges; better articulate their educational goals; and succeed in their academic careers.

To support this mission, SAAS team goals include:

  • Maintaining a supportive educational environment that assists student-athletes with their transition to university life, and in identifying and pursuing educational goals
  • Mentoring student-athletes in perfecting or acquiring core learning skills, and making best use of campus resources
  • Encouraging student-athletes to make a commitment to life-long learning, and to develop and apply their skills and abilities to maximize personal and professional opportunity

How we carry out our mission

Once matriculated, SAAS counselors provide new student-athletes with academic counsel and access to university support resources. As a general rule all freshmen student-athletes will meet their designated counselor weekly throughout their first year, with the frequency of meetings varying (more or less than once a week) at the counselor’s discretion. Counselors work closely with University Advising Center (UAC) staff during AARO, and with UAC and faculty advisors throughout the semester to help each student-athlete develop their individual program of study.  Counselors also serve as an access point to tutoring and graduate assistant support, gather and share faculty feedback, and improve study practices through one-on-one counseling sessions.  

“Tell me, I forget; show me, I remember; involve me, I understand.”

- Carl Orff