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Enriching the Campus Experience

The Second Century Campaign supports enhancements of the SMU experience, including programs that complement classroom education and facilities for student services and athletic competition.

"We want to establish and support new academic programs that will prepare students for leadership in their professions and communities. And we must provide the best facilities for these endeavors in a living-and-learning environment that is second to none.”
— Caren H. Prothro, Board of Trustees Chair and Campaign Co-chair

Major Capital Projects

New Residential Commons

Features of SMU’s new campus life model include:

  • An academics-focused social community where students have a home and a sense of belonging
  • A new model for campus living, creating an experience in which students affiliate with a particular residence hall
  • A faculty member living in each residential commons to interact with residents
  • Leadership opportunities through community councils and other service positions
  • Programming for students and faculty to cultivate a sense of community and competition among SMU’s commons

If you’re interested in naming opportunities within the Residential Commons, please read about ways you can invest in the Residential Commons system.

Comparison of Students Living on Campus

Comparison of students living on campus among select regional and national institutions. When the new Residential Commons Complex opens in fall 2014, SMU will provide campus accommodations for more than half of itsundergraduate students in a special living-and-learning environment.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Supporting Students

The campaign has supported programs and services such as the following to complement the academic experience for motivated students and help shape the next generation of leaders.

  • The Hegi Family Career Development Center provides a range of career services for students and alumni. In fact, The Princeton Review ranks SMU No. 8 in the nation for career services.
  • SMU is constructing the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center to support students' well-being.
  • The Mustang Band will soon occupy a new, state-of-the art rehearsal studio facility near Ford Stadium, Moody Coliseum and the Residential Commons Complex, ensuring a second century of spirit for this storied institution.
  • The campaign has supported upgrades to studentand faculty housing at the SMU-in-Taos campus. The proposed new Campus Center will increase space for student and faculty collaboration and discussion with one another as part of this unique living-and-learning environment.

Support for Athletics

Through The Second Century Campaign, SMU has received significant gifts for athletics, including:

  • Crum Basketball Center
  • Moody Coliseum and Miller Event Center
  • Gerald J. Ford Stadium upgrades
  • Paul and Penny Loyd Center forAcademic Development of Student-Athletes
  • SMU Tennis Complex
  • Golf projects at Dallas Athletic Club and Trinity Forest
  • Annual operating support through Circle of Champions, Mustang Club and Excellence Funds at record levels