As a Hilltop Scholar, you will take popular courses from some of SMU’s most dedicated instructors.

You will take those courses with a group of like-minded, high-achieving students. These courses will meet many of your Common Curriculum requirements and will give you a shared experience with other Hilltop Scholars from the beginning of your academic career at SMU.

Your HSP experience begins with your Writing and Reasoning courses, WRTR 2303 and WRTR 2304. All HSP WRTR courses follow a common curriculum designed to challenge and interest HSP students.

We also offer a specialized course tailored to the Hilltop Scholars Program leadership and service mission. PRW 3303 meets four of your eight graduation requirements and provides the opportunity to engage in the larger community with your fellow Hilltop Scholars.

The other course offerings vary from year to year, but generally include language courses, science courses, and a literature course. The program enhances the quality of, but does not monopolize, your schedule.