Faculty-in-Residence Housing Operations Insights Residence Life

I Transferred to SMU…Now What?

The Faculty in Residence (FiR) at Cockrell-McIntosh invites residents to talk and hang out with her and her cat.

We are so excited you have decided to continue your collegiate journey with SMU. While you’re here, SMU offers a variety of resources to aid incoming students. Each transfer student is assigned an admissions counselor, to help make the transition process easier. Schedule an appointment with your admissions counselor to finish transferring and to sign up for courses. Students are even able to get a feel for the campus through scheduling a visit, in-person or virtually. These tours introduce transfer students to the university that will support them throughout their remaining years in college.

SMU understands transfer students have already completed courses with credits that transfer over. The Equivalency Course Tool shows what courses at SMU are equivalent to the courses offered at a transfer student’s previous school(s). Everyone coming into SMU has different goals, with their own path to achieve it. Luckily for transfer students, SMU offers Transfer Pathway Guides, which shows them how to complete their desired major. Transfer students also have their own webpage, complete with all the links you could think of. International Transfer Students are also offered their own resources, complete with steps on how to successfully transfer and navigate their remaining coursework to meet their desired goals.

Getting involved in campus life as a transfer student is easy! Events are offered frequently throughout the year. On Connect.SMU, students can view upcoming events that are generally open to the student body . There are also flyers and yard signs posted around campus for upcoming events. Right at the start of the school year, the annual event “A Night at the Club” is hosted. This event showcases a lot of clubs on campus that are looking for new members. Join as many or as few clubs as you want, and make lifelong friendships whilst gaining leadership experience. These events are great ways to make new friends and get involved on campus.

Students enjoy Crowchella, a music festival put on by Kathy Crow Commons, Sunday, April 10, 2022 on the Main Quadrangle of SMU Campus.

The Commons are also a great way to meet new people and make lifelong friends. SMU provides an Un-Common Experience. Once transfer students are admitted, they will be sorted into a commons if they are younger than 20. Transfer students 20 years and older are exempt from living on campus, but have the option of applying for Upper Division Housing in the Housing Portal. Commuters are sorted into Boaz Commons or Ware Commons, each with their own unique study spaces and signature events. Commuting transfer students can Request Card Access for their Commons, by filling out a request form. Then they will be free to utilize common areas and participate in Common’s events.

Residence Life & Student Housing is excited to welcome and meet all our new transfer students, even those who don’t live on-campus. Remember our campus experience is for all, and we are happy to support you through your transition and throughout your time at SMU. Pony Up!