Community & Economic Impact Report
SMU enters its second century with great excitement and confidence driven by its historic and ongoing core strengths:
Since 1995, SMU has raised more than $1.1 billion to enhance student quality, faculty and academic programs and the campus experience.
As this report shows, Dallas and SMU enjoy a shared history that has helped raise both to national prominence. For 100 years, SMU has provided intellectual capital, research and cultural resources that have helped to fuel a vibrant, ambitious city and region.
SMU will continue to play its special role in helping Dallas and the region succeed as a strong competitor in the global marketplace. We intend to continue our rise into the top levels of premier universities in the nation, offering a collegiate experience that is second to none and leveraging the Dallas advantage as an important part of that asset. We will capitalize on our balance of strong undergraduate education, distinguished graduate and professional programs, growing research, global outreach and unique resources in campus settings that are themselves unique among institutions in this region. And we will remain as innovative and emboldened by new ideas as is the region we serve.
SMU's symbiotic relationship with the city and the region will strengthen in the decades ahead. Of the city, we ask for continued generous support, wise guidance and additional opportunities to develop and flourish together. As we say thank you for 100 years of progress, we look ahead to the next century of shared achievement. This commitment was and is central to SMU's founding vision, as expressed by its first president, Robert Stewart Hyer, in 1915. Asked when the University would be completed, he replied, "After the city of Dallas is completed."
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