Student Transitions & Orientation

Our mission is connecting you to SMU.

Welcome to the Office of Student Transitions & Orientation. We provide ongoing programs and services that support new students and families in transition to Southern Methodist University. We provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, connect students to University resources and people, acquaint new students with institutional expectations and values, promote learning and discovery both inside and outside of the classroom, and foster pride in the SMU community.

Connecting Points

Through participation in orientation, we help students connect to the SMU:
  • Academy
  • Spirit
  • People
  • Campus
  • Community

Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Customer Service
  • Inclusivity
  • Servant Leadership
  • Leadership Development

Orientation at SMU is a two-step process. Through Academic Advising, Registration, & Orientation (AARO) & Mustang Corral, our extended orientation program, our mission is to prepare students for life at SMU.