August 31, 2010
It has been another year of giant steps for SMU. During year two of The Second Century Campaign’s public phase, the University continued to take significant strides in every area.
Thanks to the inspiring commitment of alumni, family and friends, the campaign ended its second public phase year May 31 having raised a total of $438 million, more than 58 percent of the overall campaign goal of $750 million. SMU received more than $71 million in cash contributions during the year, the third highest yearly total in the University’s history.
In addition, SMU advanced to its highest ranking ever in the top tier of national universities in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges published by U.S. News Media Group. The University ranked 56th among 191 institutions, up from 68th the previous year and 73rd in 2004.
“The recognition given our outstanding students and faculty, small classes, strong graduation rates and committed alumni is gratifying,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The timing is particularly relevant as we prepare to celebrate the University’s centennial, beginning next year, and as we remain committed to achievement at the highest levels.”
SMU’s ongoing initiative to increase student quality, a key goal of the Centennial Strategic Plan, has also yielded profound results. Thus far in the campaign, the University has added endowed funding for 207 scholarships, compared to a total of 171 endowed scholarships created during the entirety of the last campaign, “A Time to Lead.” The impact of this investment in scholarships is clear. The average SAT score of first-year students entering in fall 2009 was the highest in SMU’s history. The score of 1242 was 98 points higher than the average score of just a decade earlier and takes SMU closer to achieving its goal of an average SAT score of 1300.
SMU received leadership support for a wide range of projects and priorities in the past year. Commitments included:
These commitments have contributed to the extraordinary progress and momentum SMU has achieved since the campaign’s launch. Major accomplishments of the campaign thus far include:
With the ongoing support of those who care about SMU’s future, the University will continue to move forward, gaining increased prominence as a nationally recognized center for teaching, learning and scholarship, educating tomorrow’s leaders and providing solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.