SMU Facts

SMU Facts



SMU-in-Taos provides opportunities for adventurous study and research in a unique setting in Northern New Mexico. The property includes pre-Civil War Fort Burgwin and remains of a 13th-century Native American pueblo. SMU began acquiring the property in l964 and reconstructed the fort to serve as an archaeology research center. The University added facilities to accommodate students and began offering summer classes in 1973.


SMU’s Taos campus has grown to include 423 acres with 31 buildings, located within the Carson National Forest and surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Academic Programs

SMU-in-Taos offers summer credit courses in the natural and social sciences, humanities, arts and business and archaeology research including an annual archaeology field school. Short-term courses are offered in January and May. Emphasizing experiential learning, classes are enhanced by the region’s distinctive mix of cultures and rich natural resources.


SMU-in-Taos offers enriching programs for alumni, friends and members of the Taos community. The annual Taos Cultural Institute provides a summer weekend of informal classes for adults taught by SMU faculty members. Other special events include lectures, concerts and art exhibitions. Facilities are available for conferences, retreats and youth groups.