Current Students


Graduate Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 8:30 am
Umphrey Lee Center, Mack Ballroom
3300 Dyer Street


Welcome to graduate students joining us in Fall 2019!  Orientation for incoming graduate students will take place on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.  This Orientation program will begin at 8:30 am and will last the entire day.  The orientation is mandatory for all incoming students in Dedman College graduate programs and for incoming international students in Lyle graduate programs.  Other incoming graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend, including: domestic masters and doctoral students in Lyle; Ph.D. students in Simmons; and Art History M.A./Ph.D. as well as Art and Theater M.F.A. students in Meadows.

If you are a graduate student in a school other than Dedman College, your school may also offer an additional orientation session with specific information for students in your school.  Please contact them directly for more information.  

Orientation Schedule


Tuesday, August 20

8:30 am

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45 am


9:00 am

Student Panel: Starting Off Strong at SMU – What I Wish I’d Known

10:00 am

Resources at Southern Methodist University

10:30 am

SMU Student Health

10:45 am

Student Support Services and Title IX

11:00 am

SMU Safety

11:30 am

Health and Wellness at SMU

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Faculty Panel: How to Be a Great Graduate Student

2:00 pm

SMU Student Conduct and Community

2:20 pm


2:40 pm

Research Compliance

3:00 pm

Library Resources

3:15 pm

Technology at SMU


Incoming international students, please note:  International Student and Scholar Services will hold a mandatory information session for international students immediately after the orientation at 4pm.  They will also be available to perform visa check-ins for international students who have not completed their check-ins.  Information about international student visa check-in can be found here (see Step 6).