Hilltop Scholars Program

Students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and an interest in service and leadership on their applications to SMU may be invited to join the Hilltop Scholars Program.

Welcome to the Hilltop Scholars Program, SMU's premier first-year honors community.

The Hilltop Scholars Program (HSP) offers an opportunity for high-achieving incoming students to excel academically and develop leadership skills during their first year at SMU. Admission to the program is based on students' academic achievements and interest in service and leadership. Hilltop Scholars take specific courses together to build a strong academic foundation and participate in various social, cultural, and educational events to enhance their campus experience. Additionally, HSP provides opportunities for community service projects and philanthropies in the Dallas area, allowing students to make a positive impact in their community

Featured Hilltop Scholars

Learn about the HSP community from former Scholars:

Tiffany Lam is an Asian American woman with long black hair past her shoulders. She wears a yellow dress with white flowers

Tiffany Lam

"Every individual in the program is extremely driven and passionate about making an impact in the community, so it's thrilling to know that I'm surrounded by people who are going to make the world a better place."

Nicholas Fontela is a white male with short brown hair. He is wearig glasses, a red and blue plaid button up, and a navy blue blazer. He has his hand up in the "Pony Up" hand sign.

Nicholas J. Fontela

"The Hilltop Scholars Program was an incredible way to start my academic, service, and leadership career at SMU!"

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