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Hughes-Trigg Student Center 2.0

World changers shaped for a lifetime in the heart of the student community. Get ready for the exciting transformations ahead.

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Beginning in May, the 32-year old building will be refreshed and reimagined as a modern, inviting gathering space where students come together to socialize, study and participate in the full slate of campus opportunities that nurture a strong sense of community. The project is expected to complete in 2021.

Hughes-Trigg Student Center Naming Opportunities

There are a handful of spaces still available to name within SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Learn more about these unique naming opportunities by contacting Brandon Starr at 214-768-7726 or

  • Atrium and Commons
  • Theatre
  • Ballroom
  • Varsity Lounge
  • Student Commons
  • Dean’s Suite
  • Student Leadership Chamber
  • Grand Staircase
  • Large Suites (2)

Click here to learn more about how you can support this renovation.

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Exciting Transformations in Store for Hughes-Trigg Include

  • Design elements showcasing Mustang pride and spirit throughout the three-story building.
  • Modernized conference rooms for student group projects featuring technology upgrades and self-service AV capabilities.
  • Open floor plan and new grand staircase to create airy and expansive feel.
  • Accessibility improvements, remodeled restrooms and a new east-side entrance for expanded traffic flow.
  • Top-to-bottom renovation of the Varsity with elevated hangout spaces.
  • New and improved quick-serve dining options.

Hughes-Trigg needs to be modernized to align quality and function with the excellence that SMU strives for. A great student center fosters campus involvement, attracts prospective students and bonds the student body.

— Nathan DeVera ’19


Check out the renovations to the SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center!

The excitement is building in the SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Phase one of the HTSC renovation project was completed during summer 2019. Check out the new Varsity hangout and dining space at SMU!

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Our vision for Hughes-Trigg is an exciting go-to spot with a lot of student life. It should be a fun hub where people are studying, working on group projects or meeting friends.

— Kate Jensen ’19