Mustang Corral

Mustang Corral Program Highlights

Mustang Corral 2018

Mustang Corral 2018 will take place Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19!

WednesdayMove-In and Kick-Off

Thursday Discover Dallas & Camp Corral

FridayCamp Corral & Candlelight

Saturday: Find Your Classes, Sexual Violence Prevention Assembly, Class Photo, A Night at the Club, & Corral After Hours

Sunday Common Reading Discussions & Convocation and Rotunda Passage

Below is the 2017 Mustang Corral Schedule. The 2018 schedule is coming soon!

MC Infographic

Parents & Families are encouraged to return home Wednesday evening or Thursday morning after the Cook-Out & Kick Off as students are off-campus Thursday & Friday.  Please make travel arrangements with this in mind. 


Residential Commons

Mustang Corral Guides & volunteers from across campus will be ready to help you move-in! Visit the Residence Life & Student Housing website to learn more about where to go, what to pack, & more. 

Family Cook-Out

Arnold Dining Commons, Mack Ballroom, & Umphrey Lee Center

The SMU Mother's & Dad's Club sponsors the Family Cook-Out after move-in. They invite families and students to come enjoy a Texas Cook-Out. Following the Family Cook-Out, we ask families to say goodbye to their students, as they will be busy getting to know other members of their Residential Commons for the rest of the night!


Moody Coliseum

Students: Get ready to get rowdy with your Residential Commons! Kick Off is the official start to Mustang Corral. This is a spirited event where students will continue to learn about what it means to be an SMU Mustang!

Parents & Families: Although you will not sit with your student, we invite you to join us at Kick-Off & witness the Mustang spirit in person!

Discover Dallas

Various Locations across Dallas

Thursday morning, you will participate in Discover Dallas. Discover Dallas is an opportunity for you to explore your city whether you are from across the metroplex or across the country. You have the opportunity to preference what type of Discover Dallas trip you are interested in when you register for AARO. Discover Dallas aims to connect you with the city you will call home while at SMU. 

Camp Corral

Mt. Lebanon Retreat Center

After Discover Dallas, students will head to Camp Corral. At this one night, two day camp, students will be divided into Round Up Groups. Round Up Groups are comprised of 12-15 students & led by Mustang Corral Guides. Mustang Corral Guides are sophomore, junior, & senior students who help ease the transition to SMU. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other incoming and upperclass students while learning about the SMU community. While the name suggests camping, students will stay in air conditioned cabins & all meals are provided. 

Camp Corral

Mt. Lebanon Retreat Center

Friday, students will continue to meet other SMU students at Camp Corral. While at camp, you will participate in a diversity & inclusion program called Every Mustang Will Be Valued. Additionally, you will get to participate in a time-honored tradition & ceremony at the closing of the Camp Corral experience.


Sexual Violence Prevention Assembly

McFarlin Auditorium

In order to prepare you to live safely & healthily on campus, SMU students put on a program called "Connecting the Dots". This mandatory program aims to help students recognize sexual, emotional, & physical abuse in their own relationships or relationships of friends, roommates, or classmates. 

Class Photo

Dallas Hall Lawn

Students will wear their white "Forever a Mustang" shirt for the class photo. Look forward to a great new cover photo or Instagram. Check out the Class of 2020's class photo!

Find Your Classes

Various Locations

With the first day of class only two days away, we want to make sure you know where you are headed! Your Mustang Corral Guides will take you around campus & show you where your buildings & classrooms are so you are confident the first week. 

Night at the Club

Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

Join us at Night at the Club to explore all of the student organizations at SMU! Night at the Club is a great way to meet other SMU students, think about how you want to get involved, & see the diverse range of interests of the student body. Start exploring student organizations by logging into Orgs@SMU

Corral After Hours

Outside Dedman

After Night at the Club hang out, explore some of Dallas's best food trucks, & more. You won't want to miss After Hours!

Common Reading Discussion

Various Locations

The Common Reading discussion is one of your first opportunities to connect with the SMU Academy. Faculty, staff, & upperclassmen will lead discussions about the 2018 Common Reading book. 

Rotunda Passage & Opening Convocation

Dallas Hall & McFarlin Auditorium

Rotunda Passage & Convocation are beloved academic traditions at SMU. Learn more about the history of Rotunda Passage & Opening Convocation before you participate. Families, watch Opening Convocation live!