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Hughes-Trigg Student Center 2.0

Shaping world changers and creating community.

“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


Take a virtual tour of the newly renovated SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center!

The excitement is building in the SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Check out the new Varsity hangout and dining space at SMU!

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In 2019, the 32-year-old building began its transformation into a refreshed, reimagined and 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 was completed in January 2021, and Hughes-Trigg is once again the Hub on the Hilltop.

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

  • The ballroom
  • Atrium commons
  • Grand staircase
  • Student commons
  • Varsity Lounge
  • Suite
  • East entrance and plaza
  • West bridge and entrance
  • Dean’s conference room
  • Varsity entrance and courtyard
  • Northwest breakout room
  • Conference rooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Breakout room
  • Office
  • Sitting area
  • Staff break room
  • Lean-to’s

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Students in dining area

Exciting transformations for Hughes-Trigg include:

  • Design elements showcasing Mustang pride and spirit throughout the building
  • Technology infrastructure improvements for 21st-century needs, including power sources for electronic devices and self-service AV capabilities in the meeting rooms
  • Open floor plan and new grand staircase to create airy and expansive feel
  • Accessibility improvements, signage and a new east-side entrance creating a corridor to Fondren Library to increase user convenience
  • Updated restrooms add convenience for families, including new family restrooms on all levels and a lactation room on Level 2

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

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