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Join us to ignite the future

As the premier private university in North Texas, SMU shapes future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – our multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign – will fuel the bold, the curious and the creative in three ways:

Empower outstanding students

With your support, we will transform the lives of high-achieving students, enabling them to attend SMU regardless of financial means and apply what they gain on the Hilltop as they change the world.

Enrich teaching and research

This is our moment to join the highest rank of universities – to accelerate knowledge and tackle grand challenges.

Enhance campus and community

By continuing to strengthen our community engagement, nationally competitive athletics and diverse public programming, we will make a positive difference in Dallas and in communities far beyond the Hilltop.

Your support has brought us here, and you will usher us into our future.

R. Gerald Turner, SMU President


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Since its creation more than a century ago, SMU has become a central figure in our city’s development, representing bold change, groundbreaking innovation and advancements in learning.

SMU Campaign Leadership Council


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Visionary impact

SMU received its first single-family gift of $50 million from Carolyn L. and David B. Miller ’72, ’73 to transform the future of business education through SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Largest gift in SMU history

Our first-ever $100 million gift – from the Moody Foundation – created SMU’s eighth degree-granting school, the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, which bolsters SMU’s graduate programs and scholarly research for greater impact.

Give today

When you partner with SMU through SMU Ignited, your impact resonates far beyond the Hilltop. Join us at the forefront of this latest Mustang stampede.