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February 21, 2002

LAURA LEE BLANTON STUDENT SERVICES BUILDING

Designed by Omniplan Architects of Dallas in SMU's traditional style of Collegiate Georgian architecture, the four-story, 63,000-square-foot structure will serve as the university's "front door" and the centerpiece of the university's new East Quad at SMU Boulevard and Airline Road.

The building will be home to the Division of Enrollment Services which provides primary contact for visitors and prospective students with admission, enrollment, financial aid and student account services; SMU's Office of Information Technology Services; a new International Center, and the SMU-in-Taos program.

SMU's Division of Enrollment Services comprises four key areas.

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admission processes and evaluates applications for admission and determines eligibility for SMU scholarships.
  • The Office of Financial Aid provides financial aid counseling and awards financial aid packages.
  • The Office of Student Financial Services assists and manages student accounts and counsels students and parents on payment options.
  • The Office of the Registrar facilitates enrollment, monitors credits regarding graduation requirements, prepares and sends transcripts, and certifies enrollment status.

SMU's Information Technology Services provides computing and communications services to support students, faculty, staff, alumni and patrons of the University. Its functions include a universitywide Help Desk, academic computing, telecommunications, applications support, technology training, computer sales, instructional resources applications, telephone and network support, security and the Information Technology Services webmaster.

SMU's International Office provides a variety of services to the more than 600 international students and scholars at SMU, as well as to international parents, visitors and prospective students. The center also is responsible for the SMU Study Abroad program, which has provided vital educational experiences for more than 10,000 students in its 30-year history. Students participate in international study through programs across Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as in Japan, China, Mexico and Australia.

The SMU-in-Taos program offers students the opportunity to study at the SMU campus located at Fort Burgwin in northern New Mexico where summer courses are offered in the humanities, sciences, and studio and performing arts. The site includes excavation of a 13th-century Indian pueblo.

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