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Welcome to Orientation at SMU!

Welcome to Orientation at SMU!

Orientation and Transition Programs

Welcome new students!

We're so excited to welcome you and your families to the Hilltop! We are thrilled that you have decided to join our vibrant community of scholars, innovators, and world changers. Orientation and Transition programs at SMU is a three-step process. Through Mustang StartUp, Stampede, and First 5, our mission is to prepare students for life at SMU!

As you embark on this exciting new chapter of your life, we want to ensure that your transition to SMU is as smooth and successful as possible. That's why we have created this website, specifically designed to provide you and your family with all the information you need to know about becoming a Mustang. From academic programs to campus resources to social activities, we've got you covered!

Our orientation program is a great way to get started. It's a time to meet new people, explore the campus, and learn about all the opportunities that await you at SMU. We'll guide you through the registration process, introduce you to academic advisors and faculty members, and help you get involved in student organizations.

But orientation is just the beginning. Our website is full of resources and information that will support you throughout your time at SMU. So, take some time to explore the pages within, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We are here to help you succeed and make the most of your SMU experience.

Once again, welcome to the Hilltop! We can't wait to see all that you will achieve during your time here!

These experiences are both virtual and in-person with our online content will be available beginning in early May. Below, you will find more information about each of the three steps for orientation.  These pages will evolve as more information is added throughout the summer. We encourage you to check out everything fully and stay engaged! 

Mustang StartUp

Mustang StartUp is your virtual orientation experience that guides you from choosing SMU through making your way to campus for Stampede! These experiences will help you learn more about SMU, register for coursework, take testing exams, and engage with other incoming students. 

Opens early May! 



Stampede is everything from kick off to Convocation! This extended orientation experience is your ultimate in-person welcome to the Hilltop. Some students may arrive early for pre-Stampede programs. 

Stampede is August 17 - 20, 2023!


First 5

First 5 guides you through your first five weeks at SMU and helps ensure you make a smooth transition into life as a Mustang.

Key Orientation Dates and Deadlines

Check out the dates and deadlines for new students and transfers. Milestones marked with a FY are for first year students and TR are for students transferring to SMU. Anything without a specific designation is applicable to all students!

  • May 1

    Deposit deadline for FY students.

  • May 8

    Campus Life Modules Open (All)
    Transfer PACC Opens (TR)

  • May 25

    Housing portal opens

  • June 1

    The PACC Opens for FY students

  • May 10

    RLSH priority deadline for students seeking housing
    Complete the application in the housing portal

  • July 11-12

    Staggered enrollment available for FY students

  • July 5

    Deadline to submit ID photo for on-campus students. TR- submit within two weeks of deposit being paid.

  • Aug 16-17

    Incoming student move-in

  • Aug 17-20

    Stampede in-person orientation events for all students!