Parent and Family Programs

Parent and Family Programs 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. We work with the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs as well as individual parents in supporting student success in all aspects of University life.

College life comes with a new school, new people, new places both on and off campus, new experiences, 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 valued partner with us in your student’s success!


SMU Parent and Family Experience Portal

Want to receive information on all things SMU? Click the link to create your free profile, and receive a custom newsletter! Our communication portal lets you choose what information you are interested in, chat with other families, download the academic calendar, and get all your questions answered by the Parent & Family Programs Office.

SMU family standing outside holding Pony Up hand sign in front of Welcome Home banner with red, blue, and white balloon towers


We are excited to introduce you and your student to the academics, campus life, resources, and traditions SMU has to offer. New students will be asked to complete orientation, and we invite you to participate in your own orientation programming. We can’t wait to welcome you into the Mustang Family!

SMU Dad and Student taking photo in front of greenery wall during Family Weekend 2023

Programs and Services

From Family Weekend to FAQs, the Office of Parent and Family Programs is here to support you during your student’s time on the Hilltop.

Mothers' and Dads' Club at Celebration of Excellence 2023

SMU Mothers' and Dads' Club

Did you know that just by having a student enrolled at SMU, you are considered a member of the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Club? Find out how you can get involved!