Student Transitions & Orientation

AARO for Parents and Family

We encourage all family members to attend AARO with your student. In addition to attending some of the academic sessions with your students, we have planned some specific activities for parents and families. You play a role in your student’s success at SMU. AARO will help you learn more about what your student’s academic experience will be like when they come to campus in the Fall and will introduce you to resources on campus that will be helpful for you and your student. In addition to attending academic and resource sessions with your students, we also have several family specific programs planned including a panel discussion with representatives from all over campus.

Parent/Guest Fee

First-Year AARO

  • $70 per parent/guest.

International AARO

  • $70 per parent/guest.
Transfer AARO
  • $30 per parent/guest

Please note that if you register a guest for an AARO session and they do not show up, you will still be charged for the guest.  If you have registered a guest and they will no longer be able to attend the session with you, please cancel the their registration online or with our office in order to avoid being charged.


Family & Guests Accommodations

While students stay on campus during AARO, parents and families need to make lodging arrangements. We encourage parents, families, and guests to make reservations at our host hotel - The Highland. The Highland Dallas is located walking distance from campus & shopping with a complimentary shuttle available. To make a reservation, click here

The Highland Dallas

5300 E. Mockingbird Ln.

Dallas, TX 75206

(214) 520-7969

Travel & Parking

AARO Students and Families: Please DO NOT make travel arrangements until you have registered for orientation and received a confirmation email for your AARO session.

Air Travel

The DFW Airport and Love Field Airport both offer various airlines, flight times, and prices. Please make sure travel arrangements allow your participation in the entire two day AARO schedule. 

Ground Transportation in Dallas

Several methods of transportation are available from DFW Airport or Love Field Airport to the SMU Campus and selected hotels.

Super Shuttle

DFW: Super Shuttle offers transportation to and from D/FW Airport for $32.00 one way for the first passenger and $10.00 for each additional passenger.

Love Field: Super Shuttle also offers transportation to and from Love Field for $23.00 one way for the first passenger and $10.00 for each additional passenger.

For shuttle information and scheduling, call toll-free 1-800-258-3826. D/FW area call 817-329-2000, or

Yellow Checker Shuttle

DFW: Offers transportation to and from D/FW Airport for $21/person. 

Love Field: Transportation to and from Love Field is approximately $21/person.

For more information, call 214-841-1900


DFW: The cost is approximately $60 one way from D/FW Airport, 45 minutes.

Love Field: A taxi trip from Love Field costs approximately $12, 15 minutes.


Parking passes will be emailed to students the week before their AARO session. Please print the parking pass & display it on your dash!