If this were Hogwarts, we would be Gryffindor. If this were Game of Thrones, we would be House Stark.

- Dalton Fowler ‘17


  • The Commons System at SMU was established in 2014.
  • This system is based off of the Oxford University Residential College System which has been established for nearly 1,000 years.
  • This system of residential learning aims to build a community among students of all ages (freshman through graduate students can live in the commons) and faculty by providing a place to "know and be known" while pursuing the world's biggest questions. 
  • The Commons serves as a central hub, a "home base" to connect with other students to explore clubs, study groups, intramurals, and more.
  • There is a special connection between residents that cannot be found elsewhere. Imagine that your commons is like your ‘House’ in your very own Hogwarts.
  • Each commons has its own crest, motto, feasts, and traditions, and in the short time that it has existed here at SMU, Crum has proven itself to a leader among the commons, both in strength and nobility. 
  • The Commons System has a central governing body known as The Assembly.  It is a consortium of every Commons' President and a few executive members.
  • Students are elected and appointed to serve their commons through their individual Commons Council.

The Commons Cup

RCD Sam Gavic and 2014-15 Crum President Meaghan Binion holding trophy after presented at the SMU Spring Game

RCD Sam Gavic and 2014-15 Crum President Meaghan Binion holding trophy after presented at the SMU Spring Game

Aside from being a sweet trophy, what is the Commons Cup? If you’ve ever read any of the books in the Harry Potter series, it’s a lot like the House Cup.  Over the course of the year, each commons participates in various events and competitions which are worth points. Then, at the end of the year, the winning commons is presented with the Commons Cup at halftime of the spring football game. It’s pretty sweet.

Congrats to Crum Commons for winning the Commons Cup for the inaugural year! Very well deserved! 2nd place:...

Posted by The Assembly of Residential Housing at SMU on Saturday, April 18, 2015

2014-2015 Commons Cup Results

  1. Crum 280

  2. Virginia Snider 245
  3. Kathy Crow 200
  4. Mary Hay, Peyton, Shuttles 200
  5. Boaz 195
  6. Loyd 185
  7. Morrison McGinnis 170
  8. McElvaney 140
  9. Armstrong 130
  10. Ware 120
  11. Cockrell McIntosh 110