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Mustang StartUp

Mustang StartUp: Your Virtual Orientation Experience

The Fall 2023 Campus Life Modules open early May and are a required item for completion for new students. Incoming students who have paid their deposit will receive an email with a link to complete this virtual orientation requirement. Please make sure you're checking your new SMU email address!  

Students admitted for Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 will receive information about their Mustang StartUp in late April 2023.

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Mustang StartUp CheckList Items

Mustang Startup is a comprehensive virtual orientation experience designed to introduce new students to the SMU community and help them transition to the Hilltop. The experience involves a range of activities aimed at helping new students acclimate to campus life, register for courses, and complete required milestones. Below is a brief overview of the checklist of items.

It's important you have access to your SMU email and other platforms. If you have not already, please:
  • Activate your my.SMU account online at smu.edu/activate and find answers to common my.SMU questions here.
  • Set up Duo Multi-Factor Authentication- you will need this to access all of your SMU accounts. Make sure to use your own personal contact information for authentication!
Questions? Please contact the IT Help Desk at help@smu.edu or 214-768-4357.

Need help from a specific office?

We take a team approach to your success on the Hilltop. There are many campus partners contributing to helping you make a smooth transition to campus. Below you'll find a few campus partners with specialized information that can help set you up for success.

Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies

Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies

DASS is the primary contact for all SMU students with disabilities. Students requesting services and accommodations through Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) must complete and submit an online Accommodation Request Form along with supporting documentation to determine eligibility for services. 

Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services

The Financial Aid Office is committed to serving students by providing information to secure the necessary financial resources to meet their educational goals and financial obligations to the university. Our financial aid advisors offer personal attention to help explore a multitude of available scholarships, grants, loans, and payment plans.

Learn more about payment options and view payment due dates on the Office of the University Bursar's website.

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services

The International Student & Scholar Services team is excited to welcome you to SMU, Dallas and the United States.

Please review this page as it contains information on what you need to do before you arrive to campus and during your first week at SMU.

Residence Life and Student Housing

Residence Life and Student Housing

Residence Life & Student Housing fosters the foundational SMU experience where every student belongs, learns, and connects through their residential community. We make campus home. SMU has designed the Residential Commons to integrate the academic, residential, and social experience and to create a sense of belonging.

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!

Our whole Mustang family is so excited to start your SMU journey with you. We look forward to seeing you soon!
If you have any questions, please contact orientation@smu.edu or call 214-768-4560.