Volunteering for the big event

Volunteer as an Alum

SMU alumni and parent volunteers are champions of Mustang spirit. Whether you’re near the Hilltop or around the globe, you can help support the next generation of world changers.

SMU Admission Volunteers

Connect with outstanding prospective SMU students and their parents online, over the phone or in person to share the benefits of an SMU education.

After receiving training and resources about current campus life, SMU will match you with admitted students based on common interests. Once matched, volunteers contact these students or their parents to congratulate them on their acceptance to SMU, share their personal experiences and answer questions. At times, volunteers attend special receptions and events for admitted students in their area.

Time commitment: one to three hours between January and May.




Career Mentoring

Share your professional career insights and experiences to help prepare students for a career after the Hilltop.

Volunteers provide resume feedback for current SMU students and help them sharpen their interview skills. Some volunteers provide one-day job shadowing opportunities, attend networking events or career fairs and participate on alumni panels.

Time commitment: varies by activity; one to two hours each.




Hilltop Volunteers

Serve the Dallas/Fort Worth community alongside fellow Mustangs.

Respond to service opportunities via email and participate when it’s convenient for you. Examples of past projects include conducting SMU campus tours for local students, reading to a local elementary school class, participating with the Park Cities Fourth of July and Martin Luther King, Jr. parades, and volunteering at local charitable organizations.

Time commitment: a minimum of one activity per year is required; one to three hours per activity.

For more information contact Wendelin Donahue: wdonahue@smu.edu.



Regional Network Leader

Connect alumni, parents and friends to each other and SMU in regions around the world. Volunteers partner with SMU staff to help plan events in their area that help alumni stay connected. Other responsibilities may include representing SMU at area receptions for admitted students and college fairs.

Attend regular virtual planning meetings with SMU to get started. Time commitment: an average of one to three hours per month.




Board Leadership

Alumni Board members represent undergraduate- and graduate-degreed alumni to internal and external communities. Each board supports University priorities and champions distinct fundraising and engagement initiatives. Click below to learn more about board service opportunities: