Community & Economic Impact Reports

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Community & Economic Impact Reports

Thanks to the strength and support of the dynamic city of Dallas and the surrounding region, SMU has become a leading global teaching and research university. SMU and its alumni generate an annual economic impact that is larger than $7 billion. In 2012 and 2017, the University reported to the community about the return on its investment in SMU – and the University’s growing impact on Dallas and the world.

SMU Today and Tomorrow: Growing in Impact (2017)

In recent years, SMU has returned increasing dividends on the investments made by the farsighted leaders who founded the University and by more than 65,000 donors to the University’s recent $1.15 billion campaign, the largest in the history of Texas private universities.

The full 2017 report includes information about how SMU is:

  • Drawing bright, high-performing students
  • Shaping great leaders
  • Expanding research investment
  • Expanding data-powered research and learning
  • Partnering with the Bush Presidential Center
  • Enriching the cultural fabric of Dallas and beyond

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Dallas & SMU: The Power of Partnership (2012)

As part of The Second Century Celebration marking the centennials of SMU's founding and opening, the University commissioned a community and economic impact report. The full report and executive summary demonstrate the return on investment for Dallas and the region that provided leadership and resources to ensure the SMU’s success.