Growth in Campus Housing
Each year SMU students and faculty give of their time and expertise to organizations and individuals in the Dallas region and beyond. Examples include:
- SMU students provide more than 200,000 hours of community service each year.
- Dedman Law students provide low-cost legal aid to residents who cannot afford representation.
- SMU students complete social service projects across the nation during Alternative Spring Break, the second-oldest program of its kind.
- Physics Department faculty host secondary school teacher workshops and the regional science fair for school-age children.
- Each year 1,000 DFW middle school students come to the SMU campus to learn about engineering from SMU students, working engineers and innovators in a variety of industries.
Partnerships with Impact
SMU works with leading civic, cultural, educational, medical and corporate organizations to make a difference in areas such as these:
- The Center for Communities and Education, in collaboration with the Dallas Faith Communities Coalition, promotes education reform in West Dallas, working with 10 public schools and 20 nonprofit agencies.
- SMU partners with UT Southwestern Medical Center to host seventh- and eighth-graders from around the United States each summer to study chemistry, microbiology and anatomy, with the aim of increasing the number of minority students in biomedical research.
- Simmons School faculty members evaluate science learning at the Rory Meyers Children’s Discovery Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.
- SMU provides graduate-level coursework to Teach For America teachers working in the Dallas Independent School District and other local districts.
- Meadows School of the Arts partners with Big Thought and the Dallas County Juvenile Department to provide training in the visual and performing arts to area at-risk students, offering a positive outlet for self-expression.
Alumni Giving Back
More than 50 percent of SMU alumni have given to The Second Century Campaign thus far, a significant indication of the University's broad community support.
Yearly Alumni Giving
A record 24 percent of alumni made a gift to the University in fiscal year 2013, the highest level to date. The campaign goal is 25 percent alumni giving each year.
Support from Non-Alumni Donors
The Second Century Campaign has drawn strong support from donors who are not alumni. About 35 percent of gifts have come from parents, friends, corporations and foundations.