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

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

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

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.

Blazing a new path

To encourage SMU’s grand vision for students, faculty, the campus and the greater community, many donors have stepped up to provide early support for SMU Ignited – including landmark commitments at record-breaking levels.



Driving innovation

Celebrated energy expert and philanthropist William S. Spears made the largest gift by a non-alumnus in the history of SMU to strengthen entrepreneurial leadership in Dallas and beyond.
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Game on

The Garry Weber Foundation gave $50 million – the largest gift in the history of SMU Athletics – towards an expansion of Ford Stadium, continuing our century-long commitment to competing at the highest levels.

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.

Thanks to these gifts and those from tens of thousands of donors, SMU Ignited has commitments well beyond $990 million.

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.