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International AARO

International AARO Session 2017

Friday, August 11: International Students Move-In

Saturday, August 12: Document Check-In with the International Student & Scholar Services Office 

Sunday, August 13: International AARO

Monday, August 14: International AARO  

Registration opens April 1, 2017 at noon CST.

Closer to AARO, all International Students will receive an email with detailed information about their session. This email will include an AARO schedule, a checklist to complete before attending AARO, information about moving to Dallas and on campus, and a checklist of what to bring to SMU. 

All students studying in secondary schools outside the United States, including U.S. citizens, are recommended to attend International AARO.  If you are unable to attend the International AARO, you may select any of the July sessions that are conducive to your travel arrangements.  Parents and family members are encouraged to attend AARO with their students.  See the Parent and Family page for more details. 

AARO is the first part of the orientation process designed to assist you in making a comfortable transition to University life at SMU. It is a two-day program for new students who will be enrolling in the fall at SMU.  Sessions are designed to offer information to assist you in your transition to Southern Methodist University.  Programs provide academic requirements and expectations, campus resources, involvement opportunities and the chance to meet current students.  During your AARO session, you will also meet one-on-one with an academic advisor and register for fall classes. 

You cannot register for orientation until your admission deposit is paid, and your final transcript from previous colleges and universities has been received and processed by the Division of Enrollment Services.  This process takes a minimum of two weeks.

International students wil move in Friday, August 11 beginning at 9am, so please make travel plans accordingly. Programming and presentations will take place Satuday, Sunday, and Monday. Confirmation of your assigned date will be emailed to your SMU email address upon receipt of your orientation registration. Please verify this information carefully. Students who arrive late, or arrive on an incorrect session date, cannot be accommodated.

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