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Enriching the Campus Experience

A vital part of an SMU education is the campus experience, which supports academic achievement and provides diverse opportunities for personal growth. The Second Century Campaign has made a significant impact on campus life, providing resources for programs that complement the classroom education and encourage leadership development.

The campaign also supported the creation of a new living-and-learning model of campus life, as well as facilities for student services and athletic competition. Construction and renovation of crucial campus facilities is ongoing.

Campus Enhancements

Support for The Second Century Campaign has enhanced dramatically the SMU campus experience through investment in new or renovated facilities.

  • Armstrong Residential Commons
  • Arnold Dining Commons
  • Caruth Hall
  • Cooper Centennial Pavilion
  • Crain Centennial Promenade
  • Kathy Crow Residential Commons
  • Crum Basketball Center
  • Crum Residential Commons
  • Fondren Library Center renovation
  • Val and Frank Late Fountain
  • Loyd Residential Commons
  • Martha Procter Mack Ballroom
  • Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center at SMU-in-Taos
  • Moody Coliseum and Miller Event Center
  • Mustang Band Hall
  • Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (including Kirby Hall, Selecman Hall renovations)
  • Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall
  • Harold Clark Simmons Hall
  • Dr. Bob Smith Health Center
  • SMU Tennis Complex
  • SMU-in-Taos Faculty and Student Housing
  • Trinity Forest Golf Complex
  • R. Gerald Turner Centennial Quadrangle and Gail O. and R. Gerald Turner Pavilion
  • Ware Residential Commons

Growth in Campus Housing

Gifts received during The Second Century Campaign enabled SMU to construct new residential and dining facilities, increasing the number of accommodations to house students on campus. Opened in fall 2014, these new facilities added space for 1,250 SMU students, as part of the transition to a new campus housing system.

Comparison of Percentage of Undergraduates Living in Campus Housing

Source: U.S. News & World Report
Note: The year reflects data from the fall term two years prior. For example, data in Issue Year 2016 is from fall 2014

Student Experience

In addition to academic scholarships and fellowships, many gifts were received to fund a range of awards that offer experiences to enhance the classroom education and help prepare students for leadership. Examples include:

  • The Dr. Jim Caswell Endowment for Leadership Development and Training
  • The Getz Family Lacrosse Endowment
  • The Hegi Family Internship Program
  • The Herrscher Family Student Leadership and Education Endowment
  • The Deborah Brames Michal Student Senate Scholarship

Increasing Support for Athletics

During The Second Century Campaign, contributions to the Mustang Club and to other restricted athletics operations designations grew dramatically, thanks to generous donors.

George W. Bush Presidential Center

The presence of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus has heightened the University's national and international visibility as a center of research and programs. SMU's partnership with the Bush Center includes joint programs that attract global participants, concurrent appointments with SMU faculty and Bush Institute fellows, internships and research opportunities for students, campus visits by scholars and dignitaries, and class visits by President Bush. The Bush Center was dedicated on April 25, 2013.