Family hugging and taking selfie on Mustang Mall

Welcome Parents and Families


家长及家庭计划 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. 家长及家庭计划 works with the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs as well as individual parents in supporting student success in all aspects of University life.

Your son or daughter is in college now! This comes with a new school, 新朋友, new places both on and off campus, 新体验, and importantly - a new support network. As students begin their academic and social journey through young adulthood, we believe it is important that you as parents and families know and understand the resources available for you and your student here on the Hilltop should a need arise. As a parent or family member, SMU considers you to be a 重要合作伙伴 with us in your student’s success!

Family in front of Home Sweet SMU Sign during 家庭周末


Students on the phone with a sign that says Call Your Mom


Mom hugging daughter on graduation day


Understanding that student success is often a partnership between the student, their family and the SMU community, 我们想要 create a strong relationship with parents and families from their first moments on campus. As your student progresses through SMU, there will inevitably be ups and downs normal to a student’s growth and development into adulthood.


在面临挑战的时候, 失望, 或不确定性, 我们想要 help students (and their parents/families) 保持它们的平衡, build up their resilience to change and challenges in their lives, and to move forward in a positive and productive manner. 
Our campus is blessed with a myriad of resources, and along with parents/families we hope to 推广这些资源 to students so they can become their own best advocate both in college and in their lives after graduation.


There are many opportunities for families to get involved: 

  • 参加 家庭周末 在秋天和 创始人的一天 在春天
  • 支持 Hegi Career Development Center:  
    • 在招聘会做志愿者
    • Post job vacancies and internships on SMU’s job search app “Handshake” 
    • Volunteer as an “information resource” for students seeking information about various careers  
  • 参加或 举办欢送派对 新款野马 
  • Participant in 事件 hosted by SMU in your area
  • 加入 野马俱乐部 
  • and attend men’s and women’s athletic 事件
  • 参加 事件 at the 梅多斯艺术学院 (Symphony, Theatre, Gallery Shows, Recitals, Dance performances, etc)
SMU Family on the Boulevard

SMU Caring Community Connection

If a student is experiencing a crisis or other challenging situation, Parents/家庭成员, 还有其他学生, 教师, and staff are encouraged to submit a CCC to the Dean of Student’s Office and, 如果表示, the staff in the Office of Student 支持 will reach out to the student. Student 支持 can connect students to campus resources, help them address issues in the Commons, 教室里, 或者是教职员工, and steer students toward the development of increased self-advocacy and resiliency.


In situations of impending danger or a life-threatening emergency, call the SMU的警察 at

214-768-3333 or 911 for police, fire, or medical assistance.


We encourage you to learn and grow along with your student. Get involved and volunteer with our SMU Mothers’ and SMU Dads’ Clubs groups steeped in Mustang heritage that support all-university 事件 and individual student organizations throughout the year. 他们的座右铭, “Fostering a Spirit of Community on the Hilltop” sums up their ninety-plus year legacy supporting students and their families! We hope you will become an active member and volunteer, connecting with other parents and families from all around the world.


Parent and Family Resources

The Parent and Family Resources website has information and links to a wide variety of campus offices and resources. You will find important information that will help you support and partner with your student through their years at SMU. Categories range from the basic information you need to know about SMU, 学业成功, student involvement and family involvement.

If you cannot find the answers to your questions, don’t hesitate to contact or 214-768-4797