McElvaney students on the front porch.

Welcome to the McMansion

McElvaney Commons

Leadership | Service | Diversity | Academics


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Living in McElvaney has been one of my favorite experiences of SMU! It has provided me with a wonderful community to live and learn with. I am so grateful to live around such amazing people.” 

Gabs Diliegro

I know it sounds cheesy, but McElvaney has truly become my home away from home. The friends I have made living here will be my friends for life; we study together, eat together, laugh together. I Love my FIRs and RCD. They make me feel welcome and cared for everyday. The events they plan (such as brunch, museum trips, and a McElvaney birthday party) help me connect with my new community as well as open my eyes to opportunities in Dallas. I’m so glad to be a McResident!!” 

Katie Goins

What you can expect

goat yoga with a smiling student at Camp McElvaney

Camp McElvaney

Food, Fun, and Tie-Dye: before the spring semester comes to an end, we enjoy a taste of summer fun. Part barbecue, part carnival, all fun.

McElvaney Garden Club

Every Sunday, the McElvaney Garden Club gathers to tend to the only student-led gardening club on campus. Get ready to get your hands dirty and bring even more beauty to our wonderful community.

Intramural Excellence

With numerous soccer, basketball, and flag football championships under our belt, it goes without saying that McElvaney takes intramurals seriously. Whether you’re on the field, the court, or cheering from the sidelines, intramurals are for everyone.

Serve where you live: Engage Dallas 

Engage Dallas is a place-based community engagement initiative via SMU’s Residential Commons to address community needs focusing on South and West Dallas. The initiative is a long-term, university-wide commitment led by students to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to positively impact the community. There is equal emphasis on campus and community impact stemming from the initiative.

In McElvaney Commons, we focus on Community Wellbeing as a community need in Dallas. McElvaney students address this by collaborating on service events and activities with local partners, Dallas Children Advocacy Center, Legacy Counseling Center, Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, and Brother Bill’s Helping Hands, to directly help those most in need. Our students who serve gain a broader understanding of current social problems, build community with both the city and their peers, and can earn their Community Engagement Proficiency required for graduation. Engage Dallas cultivates unique and enriching experiences for SMU students to explore and serve Dallas! 

Start serving today! 

Questions? Email your McElvaney Engage Dallas Student Director, Sabeen Baledina, at sbaledina@smu.edu.


Get a sense of the community

Get a feel for all that McElvaney Commons has to offer by scrolling through the photo gallery or viewing the video. If you prefer, check it out for yourself by visiting campus, or take an online 360°room tour.

We've got a lot to offer


Amenities

Fully furnished rooms
  • Furniture (per resident): desk, chair, bed, & dresser
  • Wireless and wired internet
  • Free on-site washer/dryers
  • ADA-compliant rooms available
  • Electricity, water, sewer, & recycling/trash service included
Designed for community
  • Free laundry
  • Movable furniture
  • Game rooms
  • Community microwaves
Convenient location An academically-oriented environment Worry-free features

Sample floor plans

McElvaney Double

Community bath double room

Room and furniture dimensions

Square footage ranges

  • 180-205 sq.ft.

Furniture dimensions

  • Desk: 2'6" H x 3'4" W x 2' D
  • Dresser: 2'6" H x 2'6" W x 2' D
  • Bed: 80" L x 36" W (XL Length Loftable Twin)
  • Window: 4'6" H x 3'9" W, 1'9" distance to floor

About our namesake

Eugene McElvaney (1897 – 1971), McElvaney’s namesake, was the Senior Vice President for the First National Bank in Dallas. In 1939 Eugene McElvaney became a university trustee. Because of his passion and work towards the success of the university he served as the Chairman of the SMU Board of Trustees from 1952-1956.  McElvaney also served as a university promoter and fundraiser, and was a major influence on the establishment of the SMU Press in 1937. Since his time here members of the McElvaney family have been an integral part of SMU.

"...constant adaptations are essential to human progress."

- Eugene McElvaney, 1954

Building facts

 Community abbreviations  McE
 Building capacity  252
 Year built  1959
 Residential area  Central
 Physical address  6000 Bishop Boulevard
 Room types  Singles and doubles
 Gender  Co-ed by gender by room

Live, learn, achieve—together

Get to know the faculty, staff, and student leaders of McElvaney.

 

Dr. Ashley Stone (She/her/hers)

Faculty-in-Residence

Ashley Stone was born and raised in rural northeast Texas. Prior to earning her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin and transitioning into a faculty role she served as the Director of New Student Orientation and Student Support here at SMU. After spending three years on faculty at George Washington University, she returned to the Hilltop as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Higher Education. Ashley’s research explores how the places we live can shape who we are and can’t wait to meet all of the residents, learn about the places they are from, and help them make SMU and McElvaney Commons home. Learn more about Dr. Stone and her family.

 

Maya Reeves (She/her/hers)

Residential Community Director

Maya Reeves is from Mesquite, TX, with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education. She enjoys reading, volunteering as a sexual health educator, and exploring the restaurants of Dallas. Maya is passionate about supporting student initiatives – seeing students bond over making McElvaney better is her favorite thing about McElvaney.