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Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University Seal.gif
MottoVeritas Liberabit Vos
Motto in EnglishThe Truth Shall Set You Free
Established1911
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church[1][2]
EndowmentUS$1.268 billion (2012)[3]
PresidentR. Gerald Turner
ProvostPaul W. Ludden
Academic staff700
Students12,000
Undergraduates7,000
Postgraduates5,000
LocationUniversity Park, TX, U.S.
32°50′28″N 96°47′02″W / 32.841°N 96.784°W / 32.841; -96.784Coordinates: 32°50′28″N 96°47′02″W / 32.841°N 96.784°W / 32.841; -96.784
CampusUrban, 230 acres (University Park, TX), 295 acres (Taos, NM), 18.4 acres (Plano, TX)
ColorsHarvard Red, Yale Blue
         
AthleticsNCAA Division I
The American
NicknameMustangs
MascotPeruna
Websitewww.smu.edu
Southern Methodist University Logo.svg
 
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Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University Seal.gif
MottoVeritas Liberabit Vos
Motto in EnglishThe Truth Shall Set You Free
Established1911
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church[1][2]
EndowmentUS$1.268 billion (2012)[3]
PresidentR. Gerald Turner
ProvostPaul W. Ludden
Academic staff700
Students12,000
Undergraduates7,000
Postgraduates5,000
LocationUniversity Park, TX, U.S.
32°50′28″N 96°47′02″W / 32.841°N 96.784°W / 32.841; -96.784Coordinates: 32°50′28″N 96°47′02″W / 32.841°N 96.784°W / 32.841; -96.784
CampusUrban, 230 acres (University Park, TX), 295 acres (Taos, NM), 18.4 acres (Plano, TX)
ColorsHarvard Red, Yale Blue
         
AthleticsNCAA Division I
The American
NicknameMustangs
MascotPeruna
Websitewww.smu.edu
Southern Methodist University Logo.svg

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private research university in University Park, a separate city inside the borders of Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, SMU operates satellite campuses in Plano, Texas, and Taos, New Mexico. SMU is owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.[4] 7,000 of the University's 12,000 students are undergraduates.

History[edit]

The university was chartered on April 17, 1911 by the five Annual Conferences in Texas of the United Methodist Church. Classes were originally planned to start in 1913 but were postponed until 1915.[citation needed]

SMU was established as the unsuccessful attempt to relocate Southwestern University from Georgetown, Texas, to either Fort Worth or Dallas. The first relocation effort by Polytechnic College president Hiram A. Boaz and spearheaded by Southwestern president Robert Stewart Hyer involved merging Southwestern with Polytechnic College (now Texas Wesleyan University). The post-merger university would retain the Southwestern name while occupying Polytechnic's campus in Fort Worth.[citation needed]

Central Campus Quadrangle, Southern Methodist University (postcard, circa 1915–1924)

The merger never came to fruition, primarily because the Dallas Chamber of Commerce set up a committee to raise funds and entice Southwestern to relocate to Dallas. This proposal gained considerable traction since Southwestern was operating a medical school in Dallas. Plans were drawn for the campus's first building, Memorial Hall, which inspired SMU's first building, Dallas Hall. Southwestern's trustees rejected the relocation plan, prompting Hyer's resignation and move to Dallas to establish Southern Methodist University.[5]

SMU retained close connections to Southwestern and Polytechnic. Southwestern president Hyer became SMU's first president and Hiram A. Boaz, a Southwestern graduate, resigned as president of Polytechnic to become SMU's second president. Polytechnic attempted to become a feeder school of SMU before becoming a women's college. SMU acquired Southwestern's medical school in Dallas and operated it until 1915. Southwestern and SMU were athletic rivals until Southwestern became a small liberal arts college.[citation needed]

The effort to establish a new university in Dallas drew the attention of the General Conference of the Methodist Church, which was seeking to create a new connectional institution in the wake of a 1914 Tennessee Supreme Court decision stripping the church of authority at Vanderbilt University.[citation needed] The church decided to support the establishment of SMU and dramatically increase the size of Emory University at a new location in DeKalb County, Georgia. At the 1914 meeting of the General Conference, SMU was designated the connectional institution for all Conferences west of the Mississippi River.[6]

Classes were planned to officially begin in 1913, but construction delays on the university's first building prevented classes from starting until 1915. In the interim, the only functioning academic department at SMU was the medical college it had acquired from Southwestern University.[7]

SMU named its first building Dallas Hall in gratitude for the support of Dallas leaders and local citizens, who had pledged $300,000 to secure the university's location. It remains the university's symbol and centerpiece. Designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge after the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Dallas Hall opened its doors in 1915 and housed the entire university as well as a bank and a barbershop. It is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. SMU's nickname "The Hilltop" was inspired by Dallas Hall, which was built on a hill.[citation needed]

The university's first president, Robert Stewart Hyer, selected Harvard crimson and Yale blue as the school colors in order to associate SMU with the high standards of ivy league universities.[8] Several streets in University Park and adjacent Highland Park were named after prominent universities, including Harvard, Yale (later renamed SMU Blvd.), Stanford, Princeton, Dartmouth, Purdue, Tulane, Amherst, Bryn Mawr, Drexel, Hanover, Marquette, Southwestern, Vassar, and Villanova.

In 1927, Highland Park United Methodist Church, designed by architects Mark Lemmon (1889–1975) and Roscoe DeWitt (1894-1975), was erected on campus.[9]

In 1939, SMU was placed under the South Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church.

During World War II, SMU was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[10]

The university drew considerable media attention in 1987 when the NCAA administered the death penalty against the SMU football program for repeated, flagrant recruiting violations. The punishment included cancellation of the 1987 and most of the 1988 football season and a two-year ban from Bowl Games and all televised sports coverage.[11]

In 2008, SMU was selected as the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Policy Institute.[12]

Academic profile[edit]

The Laura Lee Blanton Hall during a rare snow storm

SMU has eight degree-granting schools:

Endowment[edit]

SMU's endowment of $1,196,508,000[20] makes it one of only 76 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada with an endowment above $1 billion, and is ranked number 61.

Research and graduate studies[edit]

During 2007–08, SMU received more than $19 million in external funding for research.[21]

Special programs[edit]

SMU-in-Taos

SMU's Fort Burgwin campus in Northern New Mexico offers summer and fall credit courses, including the SMU archaeology field school program.[22] Past archaeological work has included excavations at Pot Creek Pueblo, a 13th-century ancestral pueblo home of both Taos and Picuris Pueblos.[23] The annual SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute also uses the campus for a weekend of informal classes taught by SMU faculty members.[24]

Engaged Learning

Undergraduate students participate in scholarly research, civic engagement, professional internships and creative activity related to education goals. The university's Office of Engaged Learning provides an institutional framework and funding opportunities for undergraduates to pursue self-designed projects in research, service, internships and creative work, on campus and in local and global communities.[25]

Study abroad programs

International study is offered through 150 programs in 50 countries, in addition to research and service projects abroad.[26]

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program in the Liberal Arts serves the highest achieving undergraduate students in all departments and majors across campus. Those invited to participate fulfill a seven-course requirement of their University Curriculum in small, often discussion-based classes.[27] The Honors Program hosts many events throughout the academic year. It also offers considerable research grants, exclusive job opportunities, and other selective benefits to its student constituents.[28]

Center for Academic-Community Engagement (ACE)

Center for Academic-Community Engagement (ACE) – The ACE Center engages students in academic coursework that promotes scholarship through civic participation. Students enrolled in ACE Center courses work 2–3 hours a week staffing local agencies and community organizations dedicated to social and economic opportunity. The most remarkable part of the ACE Center is the ACE House, a four-student, off-campus residence in the low-income Dallas neighborhood of Garrett Park East. ACE House student-residents run weekly programs at the House for neighborhood children and their families.[29]

Rankings and recognition[edit]

University rankings
National
Forbes[30]58
U.S. News & World Report[31]60
Washington Monthly[32]238
Global
Overall University rankings
SMU Cox School of Business Rankings

Research and related facilities[edit]

Libraries[edit]

Fondren Library

Research centers and institutes[edit]

"A True Girl of the West," 1906 photo from Central University Libraries Digital Collections. CUL has an active outreach program at Flickr's The Commons.[40]

Museums[edit]

Performance venues[edit]

George W. Bush Presidential Center[edit]

On February 22, 2008, the University trustees unanimously instructed President R. Gerald Turner to enter into an agreement to establish the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the southeast side of the campus. SMU has courted Bush—whose wife, Laura, is an alumna—ever since Ray Lee Hunt broached the subject with the President a few months after Bush assumed office.[12] The museum is joined by the George W. Bush Institute.

Laura Bush and project architect Robert A.M. Stern unveiled the center's final design on November 18, 2009, on the SMU campus. Budgeted at $250 million, the 227,000-square-foot (21,100 m2) complex includes a museum, library, archive and private Policy Institute. The building is constructed of Texas limestone and red brick with a central landmark tower to blend with SMU's Georgian Revival architecture, and looks out onto a rolling terrain of native Texas wildflowers and grasses designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh.[41]

Specifications sent to prospective architects in June 2007 called for a 145,000-square-foot (13,500 m2) library and a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) institute to be built in an area bordered by SMU Boulevard to the north, Central Expressway to the east, Mockingbird Lane to the south and Airline Road and Dublin Street to the west. The specifications called for the buildings to comply with SMU's "distinct architectural character."[42]

The library and museum are administered by the National Archives and Records Administration while the institute is privately maintained.[43] The university has representation on the Institute board.[12]

Panoramic view of the main quadrangle

Student life[edit]

In 2008, SMU was named No. 17 among all U.S. colleges for "Most Conservative Students"[44] and No. 15 for "Happiest Students" by Princeton Review.[44]

Student demographics[edit]

Housing[edit]

At SMU, the residence halls comprise a variety of room types, bathroom styles, and community areas.

Residence halls

Boaz, Cockrell-McIntosh, Mary Hay, McElvaney, Morrison-McGinnis, Perkins, Peyton, Shuttles, Smith, Virginia-Snider.

Theme halls or apartments

Daniel House, Hawk, Martin, Moore, Multicultural House, Service House, SMU Apartments, Fine Arts Community (Mary Hay and Peyton), Honors Community (Virginia-Snider).

Residential Commons

In Fall 2014, SMU will launch its new Residential Commons (RC) model.[46] The Residential Commons is an academic living-learning concept with roots in the residential college systems of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England. The model is designed to create an academically-engaged residential community that promotes faculty/student interaction.

Incoming students will be randomly assigned to an RC and will live in their RC for two years. Each RC will house students from across campus representing all the SMU colleges and schools. A student's RC will continue to be his or her “home” for their college career, even after moving off-campus. Some students will have the opportunity to live in their RC as juniors or seniors, but space will be limited; however, students will continue to be affiliated with their RC throughout their time at SMU. SMU will have other non-RC residence housing available specifically for juniors and seniors.

Each RC will have a live-in faculty member called a Faculty in Residence (FiR), who will work with students and staff members to create opportunities for students to know faculty members outside of the classroom and emphasize a culture of mentorship, intellectual discourse, and community that is cultivated inside and outside of the classroom.[47] SMU faculty will be selected and assigned to RCs without regard for their academic disciplines.

RCs will be located in existing undergraduate residence halls and in the five new buildings currently under construction in the southeast quadrant of the campus. Some current facilities will be renovated to modify space for new common areas and Faculty in Residence and staff apartments.

Student organizations[edit]

SMU boasts nearly 200 student organizations, including academic, professional, fraternal, sporting, ethnic themed, religious, service, and political diversity groups.

Greek life[edit]

Southern Methodist University has:

Student media[edit]

The Daily Campus has been the independent student newspaper since 1915. It is published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the Fall and Spring semesters. It operates in conjunction with SMU-TV and The Daily Update, a weekday morning news program also produced by students.

Other student media include:

Athletics[edit]

Main article: SMU Mustangs
SMU football fans

SMU's athletics teams are known as the Mustangs and participate in the NCAA's Division I, with the football team competing as a member of Division I FBS. With June Jones arrival on the Hilltop, the Mustangs have made four bowl appearances in a row (2009–2012), winning the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl in 2009 and 2012 and the BBVA Compass Bowl for the 2011 post-season, held January 7, 2012. SMU is a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American) since 2013, when it left Conference USA (C-USA). Before that, the Mustangs participated in the now defunct Southwest Conference and the Western Athletic Conference. The football team plays at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus.

SMU's closest rival in athletics is Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. In football, SMU and TCU compete annually (with the exception of 2006) for the Iron Skillet. In 2005, a nationally unranked SMU beat then 24th-ranked TCU for SMU's first win against a ranked team in 19 years (since October 1986).[49]

SMU also competes annually with Rice University in football for the "Mayor's Cup", a traveling trophy that has been created to enhance the Rice-SMU rivalry, which dates back to 1916.[50]

The Doak Walker Award is an annual collegiate award given to the nation's "most outstanding college running back" for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It was established in 1989 and is named after SMU Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker.[51] In 1998, the PwC Doak Walker Legends Award was created, recognizing an individual whose extraordinary collegiate football career has been bolstered by an exemplary record of leadership in the community.[52]

The SMU football program has also produced many professional football standouts, such as Don Meredith, Doak Walker, Kyle Rote, Eric Dickerson, Jerry Ball, and Craig James. Nine Mustangs are currently active in the National Football League: wide receiver Aldrick Robinson (Washington Redskins), defensive back Bryan McCann (Baltimore Ravens), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Pittsburgh Steelers), cornerback Sterling Moore (Dallas Cowboys), punter Thomas Morstead (New Orleans Saints), wide receiver Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys), tackle Kelvin Beachum (Pittsburgh Steelers), offensive guard Josh LeRibeus (Washington Redskins), and defensive end Margus Hunt (Cincinnati Bengals).

From 1980 to 1985, SMU had one of the strongest programs in Division I-A (now FBS). They posted a record of 55–14–1, and finished these seasons ranked No. 21, #7, No. 2, #19, and No. 8 in the nation. These "winningest" years were due to repeated recruiting violations. These violations are characterized by university coaches and administrators teaming with others in the civic and college football arena to purchase students whose only purpose was to bolster the schools football rankings. These repeated violations over a period of five years did not go unnoticed by the NCAA.

On February 25, 1987 the NCAA administered the "death penalty" for repeated, flagrant recruiting violations. Components included cancellation of the entire 1987 season, a two-year ban from bowl appearances, a two-year ban from television appearances, a limit of seven games, all on road, in the 1988 season, a loss of three assistant coaching positions for two years and a loss of 55 new scholarships over four years. Players were allowed to transfer without sitting out one season, per standard requirement. SMU responded to the combination of these conditions by canceling the 1988 season outright.[11]

On November 11, 2006, redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Willis broke SMU's single-season touchdown pass record held by Chuck Hixson (21).[53] Willis threw for three touchdowns in a 38–28 loss to the University of Houston, setting the new single season record at 23. At the end of the season, Willis set the new record at 26. He also broke the SMU single season touchdown record accounting for 29 touchdowns. He was named to the Freshman All-American team at quarterback.

On Monday, January 7, 2008, June Jones was named the head football coach at SMU. He brought a record of 76–41, all at the University of Hawaiʻi, where he won more games than any other coach in school history. He signed a five-year contract worth $10 million. The Mustangs went 1–11 in Jones' first season in 2008, but dramatically improved in 2009. The 2009 team finished the regular season at 7–5, earning the program's first bowl berth since the scandal. The Mustangs defeated Nevada in the Hawaiʻi Bowl, which also marked Jones' return to the stadium where he had coached before coming to SMU.

In December 2011, the Big East Conference (since renamed The American) extended an invitation to SMU to join the conference for all sports beginning in the 2013–14 season. The school made the move alongside current conference rivals Houston, Central Florida, and Memphis.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

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