Prospective Scholars

Interested in joining the next cohort of Mustang Scholars?

Learn more about eligibility, how to apply, and the scholar experience.

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Exclusive Opportunities

Scholars have access to opportunities such as undergraduate research, campus jobs, internships, engaged learning projects and study abroad experiences.

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Cultivating Texas Talent

The Mustang Scholars Program focuses on Cultivating Texas Talent through empowerment activities, community building, civic engagement, and developing a culturally conscious scholar. Throughout their four-year intimate cohort-based experience, Scholars celebrate unique Texas identities and communities while addressing various community needs. Scholars receive personalized mentoring, participate in community engagement, and complete a cohort capstone project. This program will empower scholars to leave a legacy and execute a plan of action before concluding their undergraduate careers. To achieve these accomplishments, SMU provides Scholars with their basic financial needs, such as room and board, tuition, and funds for extracurricular activities they will engage in during their time on the Hilltop. As an institution, SMU must raise the bar to ensure all Mustang Scholars are engaging and benefiting from the unique opportunities provided around campus and their community to build and "Cultivate Texas Talent."

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First-year students in the Mustang Scholars program are assigned to peer mentors, which is an experience unique to our program. Upperclassmen will also be paired with Mustang Scholar Alumni to build network and connection.