Parents and Families

We partner with parents and families when their student needs it most.

Parents and families are an invaluable part of a student's personal and academic success, and they're integral when making important decisions. 

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Report Retention Alert

Faculty, staff, parents, and families can share when they learn of undergraduate students who may want to leave SMU. Please use our retention alert reporting tool.

Learn More and Report

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Subscribe to the CampusESP

A new way to stay involved with your student and SMU. Subscribe to this newsletter on your terms. Your one-stop shop for: access to important campus news and deadlines, personalized newsletters on your schedule, announcements via email and text message, and sharing of updates with parents and families.


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Submit a Caring Community Connection

The Caring Community Connections Program provides support to students who are experiencing challenges by identifying and linking them to appropriate resources. If you are concerned about an SMU student, this is the best place to start.

Submit a Concern

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Release of Educational Records

With certain exceptions, Southern Methodist University may not release any personally identifiable information from a student’s education records to any third party (including parents) without written consent from the student. However, students may grant access to their education records to parents and others through the “Release of Education Records” feature in my.SMU. Sometimes a release may help you support your student, so have the conversation and follow the outlined process.

Learn the Process

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Support your Greek student

Joining a fraternity and sorority is an exciting part of an undergraduate experience. We understand that any new commitment can create a range of questions, emotions, or the need for additional resources. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life provides guidance and support to council and chapter leadership, and works closely with campus partners and inter/national organizations to provide a well-rounded experience.

Support Your Student

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Connect with Parent and Family Programs

Parent and Family Programs serves as a resource for parents and families concerning the experience of their student(s) from their first semester on the SMU campus through graduation. Parent and Family Programs works with the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs as well as individual parents in supporting student success in all aspects of University life.

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