Creating a welcoming home

$5 million anonymous gift to enhance residence life

A $5 million anonymous gift will support residential programs and help SMU further an enduring tradition of vibrant campus life that sparks growth, discovery and community both inside and outside the classroom. In recognition of this gift, SMU will rename Daniel House, the upper-division residence completed in 2020, to Thomas House.

“This gift will enrich the integration of SMU’s academic, residential and social programs that help upper-division students thrive on the Hilltop and beyond,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful to the donors for their long-standing support and for their commitment to helping students build connections, explore their opportunities and make an impact in the world.”

The gift supports the University’s efforts to provide students with the tools for success while helping every student feel a sense of belonging. Living on campus is linked with higher academic achievement, and it enables students to take full advantage of everything SMU offers. Since 2013, the University has invested more than $155 million in six new residential facilities.

Thomas House

Expected impact

  • Enhance residential programs.
  • Further an enduring tradition of vibrant campus life.
  • Contribute to a culture where on-campus experiences enhance student success.