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

The Commons System

  • SMU's Commons System, modeled off of the Oxford University Residential Colleges, 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 thought 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 to explore clubs, study groups, intramurals, and more.
  • All Commons have their own crest, values, motto, and traditions. A student's Commons Affiliation is a great source of pride. 
  • The Commons provides great opportunities for involvement through Commons Council, Peer Leadership, and other opportunities. 
  • Residents are elected each Fall to serve their Commons through their individual Commons Council.
  • The Commons System has a central governing body known as The Assembly.  Each Commons President serves as the voice of his or her Commons and holds a seat within The Assembly.

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. In addition, each community submits its events to the Assembly to be awarded points. The Commons with the most points at the end of the year wins the coveted Commons Cup.