Returning to the SMU Community
If you withdraw from SMU in good academic standing, your file will remain active for one year and you may register as though in continuous enrollment at the University. After nonattendance for two regular (fall, spring) terms, you will be discontinued and must request reactivation. You are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement detailing why you feel prepared for a successful return to SMU. All holds must be cleared prior to enrollment. You are responsible for meeting all financial aid, housing and advising deadlines. Typical processing time is 4 weeks.
If you were suspended from SMU, you must request reinstatement. If you left on probation, you will return on probation. You are required to submit a personal statement detailing how you have spent your time away from SMU, how you have addressed the challenges you faced previously and why you now feel prepared for a successful return to SMU. Your personal statement will heavily impact your readmission decision. All holds must be cleared prior to enrollment. You are responsible for meeting all financial aid, housing and advising deadlines. Typical processing time is 4 weeks.
If you have completed an undergraduate degree at SMU and are interested in completing additional undergraduate level coursework, you will need to apply as a Post-baccalaureate student. If you would like to earn a second bachelor's degree you must meet any admission requirements for your desired program and complete a minimum of 30 additional credit hours. Typical processing time is 4 weeks.
NOTE: If you did not complete your undergraduate degree at SMU, please submit a Transfer Application.
Deadlines for Reactivation, Reinstatement and Post-baccalaureate
May term—April 15 Summer term—May 15 Fall term—July 15 Spring term—December 15
If you are a graduate student seeking readmission, please contact your school of record.
If you intend to return to SMU, you are encouraged to notify the appropriate University departments as soon as possible to ensure timely processing of enrollment, financial aid, housing and other documents.
If you attended any college or university after leaving SMU, you must forward official transcripts from each college or university attended since your last enrollment at SMU. Please have official transcripts sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
PO Box 750181
Dallas TX 75275-0181
Transfer Coursework from Another Institution
Once you have matriculated at SMU, you may transfer up to 30 hours to SMU from an accredited, four-year institution. Any course to be transferred must have the prior approval of the chair of the department and dean of the school at SMU that normally offers the course, the adviser and the student's dean. You must obtain these approvals before taking any such course.
Petitions to attend another college or university during the summer must be completed and approved in advance to ensure that proper credit is awarded. Petition forms are available on the Office of General Education’s website. You are responsible for making sure that a transcript of all transfer work attempted is sent to the University registrar immediately following completion of the work.
PLEASE NOTE: All post-matriculation transfer work must be completed at an accredited, four-year institution. It is imperative that you petition ALL post-matriculation transfer courses prior to enrollment in courses using the Undergraduate Petition for Advance Approval of Transfer Credit. Students who fail to get prior approval for transfer work have no assurances that they will receive credit for their courses.