Mustang StartUp

Mustang StartUp is a comprehensive virtual orientation experience designed to introduce new students to the SMU community and help them transition to the Hilltop. The experience involves a range of activities aimed at helping new students acclimate to campus life, register for courses, and complete required milestones. Below is a brief overview of the checklist of items.


It's important you have access to your SMU email and other platforms. You must activate your my.SMU account to complete your Mustang StartUp tasks. If you have not already, please:

Questions? Please contact the IT Help Desk at or 214-768-4357.

Mustang StartUp CheckList

 If you would like to check the status for all of your Mustang StartUp tasks, please click the button below. 

Check Status


Need help from a specific office?

We take a team approach to your success on the Hilltop. There are many campus partners contributing to helping you make a smooth transition to campus. Below you'll find a few campus partners with specialized information that can help set you up for success.

Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies

Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies (DASS) is the primary contact for all SMU students with disabilities. Students requesting services and accommodations through DASS must complete and submit an online Accommodation Request Form along with supporting documentation to determine eligibility for services. 

Student Financial Services

The Financial Aid Office is committed to serving students by providing information to secure the necessary financial resources to meet their educational goals and financial obligations to the university. Our financial aid advisors offer personal attention to help explore a multitude of available scholarships, grants, loans, and payment plans.

Learn more about payment options and view payment due dates on the Office of the University Bursar's website.

International Student and Scholar Services

The International Student and Scholar Services team is excited to welcome you to SMU, Dallas and the United States.

Please review this page as it contains information on what you need to do before you arrive to campus and during your first week at SMU.

Residence Life and Student Housing

Residence Life and Student Housing fosters the foundational SMU experience where every student belongs, learns, and connects through their residential community. We make campus home. SMU has designed the Residential Commons to integrate the academic, residential, and social experience and to create a sense of belonging.