22970D_129.jpg Incoming students and their families are preparing for life at SMU during Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation (AARO). The two-day orientation sessions continue through August 5, and will be followed August 18-20 by Mustang Corral, a three-day off-campus retreat.

At AARO, new and transfer students and their families learn about campus resources and academic expectations, while connecting with faculty, staff and current and incoming students, says Ashley Stone, director of New Student Orientation and Student Support. During their AARO sessions, students:

• Meet faculty members and their academic adviser
• Register for fall classes
• Meet their AARO leaders, who are current SMU students
• Spend the night in Boaz Hall, one of SMU’s residence halls
• Learn about campus involvement opportunities
• Receive this year’s Common Reading selection – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

“AARO focuses on helping students understand the transition to life here at SMU,” Stone says. “We encourage families to attend AARO to learn about the resources available for their students and to answer any lingering questions.”

At Mustang Corral in August, during the second step of the orientation process, incoming students will participate in team-building games, diversity activities and self-assessments. They will learn about University traditions and interact with faculty, staff and students. Author and educator Bertice Berry is returning this year as the motivational speaker for Mustang Corral.

Students participating in Mustang Corral move into their residence halls August 17. They will be assigned a move-in time in August. The deadline to register for Mustang Corral is August 11.

Register for AARO and Mustang Corral.
• Read the 2011 AARO Orientation Brochure.
• Follow Tweets about AARO from SMU News.
• Learn more about the 2011 Common Reading.
Meet your financial aid adviser.
• Complete and submit the required Report of Health History and Consent of Medical Treatment for incoming students.
• What’s next? Other important dates and forms for incoming parents and students.