Academic Initiatives

Academic initiatives enhance the academic mission of SMU by establishing projects to address specific areas in order to improve and enhance those areas of academic life for all Mustangs.

Our academic initiatives are making a difference.

Learn about key initiatives led by Student Academic Engagement and Success.

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First-Generation Initiative

The First-Generation Initiative (FGI) is a hub for SMU students who are the first in their family to go to college. We offer signature programs, events, resources, and individual support to first-generation students. Through an extensive campus network, FGI provides holistic support to address potential academic, cultural, or financial barriers arising during the college experience. 

Be the First

Pathways to Business and Industry

There are numerous paths to a career in business or industry on the Hilltop. At SMU, there are majors housed in all five of the undergraduate schools, as well as business-focused clubs and organizations, that provide the foundation for a business or industry career. We prepare our students by providing opportunities inside and outside the classroom that are unique to each student's goals. These opportunities allow students to develop critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills that business sector employers value. Employers are looking for more than just a degree, and our students are prepared!

Find Your Path

SMU in Four

SMU-in-Four is a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that aims to increase first-year student retention and graduation rates within four years, while also reducing gaps in equity. We believe that by prioritizing our three pillars of academic advising, early alert systems, and first-year and gateway courses, we can improve the undergraduate learning environment and achieve these goals.

Graduate in Four

University Foundations Program

University Foundations provides enriching coursework focused on students’ personal, academic, and leadership development as they transition to the SMU community.


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