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Early Boarding Restrictions at SMU

Information from SMU Course Catalogs

1916-17 - Board and rooms may be secured in approved private homes at reasonable rates.

1917-18 - Board and rooms may be secured in approved private homes at reasonable rates.

1918-19 - “Boarding Restrictions” section appears: all women must live in dorms and all freshmen men under 20 years of age must live in dorms.  There are exceptions for both sexes.

1919-20 – no specific boarding restrictions section, but it does state that board and rooms may be secured in approved private homes at reasonable rates.

1920-21 – states that board and rooms may be secured in approved private homes at reasonable rates.  It also includes a “Boarding Restrictions” section: “All women students, except those who reside with near relatives, are required to live in the dormitories.  Exceptions may also be made in the case of mature women who are pursuing special advanced work.  Of men students, all freshmen under twenty years of age, except for those who reside with near relatives, are required to live in the dormitories.  Exceptions may here be made in the case of those who desire to work for their board.”

1921-22 – “Boarding Restrictions” section from the previous year is expanded to include more exceptions.  The core of the 1920-21 restrictions are the same (all women and all freshmen men under twenty years of age).  This is the first year that separate sections are included under the Boarding Restrictions section for both sexes.  (p.39-40)

1922-23 - “Boarding Restrictions” section requires all freshmen men under 20 years of age, and all freshmen and sophomore women to live in dorms.  There are exceptions for both sexes.

1929-30 – Freshmen and Sophomore men under 21 years of age and all undergraduate women must live in dorms.