with dotnet framewor mvc 4 and above u can use @{ List<SelectListItem> listItems= new List<SelectListItem>(); listItems.Add(new SelectListItem { Text = "Exemplo1", Value = "Exemplo1" }); listItems.Add(new SelectListItem { Text = "Exemplo2", Value = "Exemplo2", Selected = true }); listItems.Add(new SelectListItem { Text = "Exemplo3", Value = "Exemplo3" }); } @Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.tipo, listItems, "-- Select Status --")