The Commons System

The undergraduate experience at SMU is unique and I want all students to feel like they have a rightful place here, like they have a place where they belong.

The Daily Campus - August 19, 2014

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At SMU, we are transforming the residential life model for students through our Residential Commons program, which integrates the academic, residential and social experience. Living in one of the 11 on-campus Residential Commons during your time at SMU, you'll find it's easier to make friends and transition smoothly to university life in a supportive environment.

The Commons System

  • SMU's Commons System, inspired by the Residential College model, was established in the Fall of 2014.

  • Each Commons aims to create a dynamic living environment where residents feel connected to one another and to the larger University, while simultaneously encouraging academic pursuit, campus involvement, and personal development.

  • Every Commons is home to a Faculty in Residence, (FiR) who serves as the faculty leader for the community. The FiRs host a variety of events within their respective communities, and serve as great resources for the residents living within the Commons.

  • The residential communities serve as a "home base" to connect with other students through clubs, study groups, intramurals, and more.

  • All Commons have unique crests, values, mottos, and traditions. A student's Commons Affiliation is a great source of pride.

  • The Commons provides the first opportunities for leadership involvement at SMU through Commons Council, Peer Leadership, and more.

  • Residents are elected each Fall to serve their Commons through their individual Commons Council.

The Commons Cup

The Commons Cup is a friendly competition between the 11 Residential Commons. Throughout each academic year, each Commons participates in campus-wide events in an effort to earn points. The Commons with the most points at the end of the year wins the coveted Commons Cup.