SMU Plans for Primarily in-Person Fall 2021 Semester

Dear SMU community,

It is with high hopes that we enter 2021 expecting to move toward a primarily in-person fall semester at SMU. With the understanding that vaccinations for COVID-19 will be offered widely this spring, including on our own campus, we are planning to return to regular on-campus courses and activities by fall.

It is important to let you know of our goal so that prospective and current students and their families have the latest information to help them make important decisions about enrollment, housing, travel and other aspects of campus life. This information will also allow faculty and staff to move forward with essential preparations for academic schedules and campus activities.

While we are planning for a primarily in-person fall semester, we remain vigilant in our prevention and safety protocols on campus. We also will continue to carefully monitor health trends and create contingency plans so we are ready to meet any new challenges that might arise.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, we are optimistic and excited about welcoming new and returning Mustangs to the Hilltop this fall for the educational and on-campus experiences that exemplify SMU.


R. Gerald Turner