How to Prepare for AARO

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Raj Suppiah, one of our Orientation leaders from Edmond, Oklahoma, is double majoring in Business Management and Biology on the Pre-Medicine track. Raj has some tips for you on how to prepare for AARO! Listed below is everything you need to know before arriving to your session.

How to Prepare for AARO

Get excited for Academic Advising Registration and Orientation (AARO). It’s pronounced like “arrow”. This blog post will help you prepare for when you arrive on campus during the summer.

  1. Pay the Deposit

-You can not register for AARO without paying the deposit. Hopefully you took care of that a while ago!

  1. Make Travel Plans

-Make flight arrangements as soon as possible after you register for AARO.  If you are flying into DFW or Love Field, you can take the Super Shuttle, Yellow Checker Shuttle, DART, or an Uber/Lyft/taxi (prices will vary).  Also, SMU can only accommodate students during AARO, so make sure your family has a place to stay.  Check online for hotel recommendations. To learn more information on parent and family accommodations, look here.

  1. Check Your Documents

-Send in any final transcripts from previous universities (if applicable) to the Division of Enrollment Services. This process can take up to two weeks, so be sure to get those in ASAP!  Also, make sure you bring your most current shot record to AARO.  Texas state law requires all students to verify they have received the meningitis immunization within the last 5 years before enrolling for classes. 

  1. Read the Peruna Passport

-The Peruna Passport is your go-to guide for registering for classes.  This booklet will answer many questions you might have about classes in the fall.  Be sure to read through it so you will be prepared for AARO.  Also, make sure to remember any other questions you may have and once you arrive on campus we will make sure to answer them!

  1. What to Bring:

Peruna Passport
AARO Parking Pass
University Advising Center Bio Sheet
AARO Liability Form
Medical Health History form (if not yet submitted)
SMU ID number
Copies of AP and IB testing scores
College transcripts for any dual credit courses
Disability documentation if seeking accommodations
License plate number and make/model of car (if registering vehicle for the fall semester)
Casual clothing for 90° to 100° weather (check forecast for rain)
Comfortable shoes
Sweater (for air-conditioned rooms)
#2 pencil for placement tests
Cash or check for souvenirs or other miscellaneous items
*Bedding/towels are provided during AARO

  1. Check your SMU email

-After you are registered as an SMU student, you will start receiving important emails in your SMU email account.  Make sure to check your inbox often so you are up to date on all current information!  

  1. Prepare Questions! 

– Come prepared with questions! If we do not answer a question during the AARO sessions, our team will be prepared to either answer or direct you to someone who can answer your questions.


-AARO is your first official experience as an SMU Mustang! It is a time to meet new people and learn a lot about this amazing school.  Take a deep breath because every other new student will be in the same shoes as you!  We can’t wait for you to come to kick off some of the best years of your life!