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Community & Economic Impact Report

About SMU

SMU Tomorrow: Unbridled Opportunity

A Proven Partner

SMU enters its second century with great excitement and confidence driven by its historic and ongoing core strengths:

  • The University has a powerful legacy of achievement that is ingrained in its culture as an unrelenting desire to succeed.
  • Unlike many other universities, SMU has access to proven private financial resources that will enable it to advance the University as a preeminent academic institution.
  • SMU is situated in a strategic geographic location for meeting its goals. The growing business and cultural prominence of the DFW region and Texas will provide even greater opportunities for enhancing SMU's progress.
  • SMU is committed to investing major financial resources in
    high-impact educational initiatives that will advance the University's position in higher education, including new interdisciplinary programs, new academic majors, public service learning opportunities, real-world research programs and new living-learning communities.
  • SMU has dedicated, forward-looking leadership that will ensure its ongoing success.

Fundraising Impact

Since 1995, SMU has raised more than $1.1 billion to enhance student quality, faculty and academic programs and the campus experience.

  • 404 endowed scholarships
  • 38 endowed faculty positions
  • 18 endowed schools, departments, centers and institutes
  • 44 new or renovated facilities

Commitment to the Region

As this report shows, Dallas and SMU enjoy a shared history that has helped raise both to national prominence. For 100 years, SMU has provided intellectual capital, research and cultural resources that have helped to fuel a vibrant, ambitious city and region.

SMU will continue to play its special role in helping Dallas and the region succeed as a strong competitor in the global marketplace. We intend to continue our rise into the top levels of premier universities in the nation, offering a collegiate experience that is second to none and leveraging the Dallas advantage as an important part of that asset. We will capitalize on our balance of strong undergraduate education, distinguished graduate and professional programs, growing research, global outreach and unique resources in campus settings that are themselves unique among institutions in this region. And we will remain as innovative and emboldened by new ideas as is the region we serve.

Unbridled Opportunity

SMU's symbiotic relationship with the city and the region will strengthen in the decades ahead. Of the city, we ask for continued generous support, wise guidance and additional opportunities to develop and flourish together. As we say thank you for 100 years of progress, we look ahead to the next century of shared achievement. This commitment was and is central to SMU's founding vision, as expressed by its first president, Robert Stewart Hyer, in 1915. Asked when the University would be completed, he replied, "After the city of Dallas is completed."