Academic Enrichment

SMU offers a variety of programs and opportunities designed to engage students in the curriculum and enhance the academic experience.

Opportunities for all Mustangs.

Take full advantage of these opportunities and start planning early in your academic career.


Honors and Scholars

SMU offers an extensive range of Honors and Scholars programs for SMU students. Those contained in the Honors & Scholars department are: the Hilltop Scholars Program, the Rotunda Scholars Program, the University Honors Program, the Mustang Scholars Program, and the President’s Scholars Program.

Our dynamic programs are designed to provide unique academic opportunities, interdisciplinary seminars, and hands-on activities that will immediately challenge and expand your thinking. With a focus on academic enrichment, our programs offer a diverse array of experiences that will engage and inspire you.

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Engaged Learning

In the Office of Engaged Learning (OEL), we empower undergraduate students to expand their learning beyond the classroom through experiential programs. Our comprehensive offerings include funding, mentorship, coaching, and networking opportunities allowing students to showcase their work and connect with peers in their field. The Engaged Learning Fellowship (ELF), Engaged Learning Starter Award (ELSA), Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA), and Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) are among the programs offered by OEL. Additionally, we coordinate the Summer Research Intensive (SRI) and programming for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).

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National Undergraduate Fellowships

The Office of National Undergraduate Fellowships (ONUF) at SMU assists both current undergraduates and recent graduates in pursuing competitive, external fellowships and scholarships. National undergraduate fellowships present valuable opportunities for international education, support in graduate studies, and professional growth.

Through information sessions, we provide increased awareness about prestigious awards, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, Gilman, and many more. Additionally, we offer personalized one-on-one guidance throughout the application process. National fellowships are accessible to all Mustangs, and we highly encourage interested candidates to apply!

2022- 2023 SMU Big iDeas Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Student Highlights

  • 19

    Companies Seed Funded

  • $138,000

    dollars raised

  • 30 +

    Engaged Learning Fellows