The Office of the Student Experience

January AARO

January AARO is Friday, January 11, 2019!

AARO (Academic Advising, Registration, Orientation) is designed to assist you in making a comfortable transition to University life at SMU. January AARO is a one-day program for new SMU students enrolling in the spring. Families and guests are invited to join students. 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.


Registration opens December 3, 2018 at noon (CST). 

Follow these steps to register for January AARO

  1. Pay your deposit
  2. Log-in to My.SMU and register yourself and guests
  3. Look for a confirmation email

Having trouble registering? View our step by step registration instructions.

Before You Come - Checklist

To-Do List Prior to Coming to AARO

[ √ ] Register

[    ] Reserve Lodging & Transportation

[    ] Send your final transcript from previous colleges/universities to the Division of Enrollment Services

[    ] Take Math & Language Placement Exams in Canvas

[    ] Log into my.SMU & SMU email account

[    ] Complete FERPA Release of Education Records

[    ] Add an Authorized Payer to your SMU Pay Account

[    ] Complete Academic Honesty Tutorial in Canvas 

[    ] Print AARO Parking Pass – Emailed prior to AARO

[    ] Download Corq App

[    ] Submit Health Forms

Packing List

[ √ ] Peruna Passport

[    ] Laptop (needed for Enrollment Workshop to register for classes)

[    ] Water Bottle

[    ] AARO Parking Pass

[    ] Health Center Forms (if not yet submitted to the SMU Health Center)

[    ] Disability Documentation (if seeking accommodations)

[    ] Copies of AP & IB testing scores

[    ] College Transcripts for any dual credit courses

[    ] Sweater or jacket (sessions will be cold)

While You're Here

  • Check-in begins at 8:30am in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center
  • Brunch and dinner are provided
  • Meet with your advisor and register for spring classes
  • We will have programming for both students and their guests
  • Attend Rotunda Passage


Email with any of your January AARO questions!