Student Academic Success Programs

Student Academic Success Programs (SASP) is dedicated to helping all undergraduate students conquer academic challenges and excel in their coursework. Programs are designed to maximize learning potential and academic performance for honors and scholar recipients, first-generation students, veterans, international students, student-athletes, and more.

We have something for everyone.

Services are located in the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) and include peer tutoring, the faculty-led Writing Center, Academic Skill Development, and the Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies teams. 





How do we help SMU students?

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Academic Counseling

Work with a specialist to develop a personal system for managing time, tests, and texts.

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DASS provides accommodations and services to students with a range of disabilities.

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Tutors provide support for first and second-year courses, as well as many advanced courses.

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Writing Center

Helping students become confident, effective writers, no matter the major or career aspirations.
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In 45-60 minute sessions, students receive instruction and learning strategies for specific concepts.

Learning resources

The SASP staff cares about your growth and well-being. We pledge to foster faculty/staff-student relationships of trust and collaborate with you in creating a learning experience that upholds values respecting the unique identities and basic human rights carried by all students. 

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Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC)

The A-LEC is a highly utilized resource for undergraduate students at SMU. Located at 202 Loyd All Sports Center, the A-LEC offers services such as tutoring and a writing center to help students improve their grades and manage stress levels.  Contact the A-LEC at

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Academic Skill Development (ASD)

The ASD office, located in the A-LEC, provides tailored academic support services including academic counseling, workshops, and courses to undergraduate students to help them optimize their learning potential. Contact the ASD at

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Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS)

The DASS office is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to the University, including its curriculum, programs, and activities. Contact DASS at

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First Generation Initative (FGI)

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. Contact FGI at

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