Welcome to the Hilltop!

Dear Parents,

We are delighted that your student has joined our community during a special time in SMU’s history.

The University is observing the third year of its Second Century Celebration, commemorating SMU’s founding in 1911 and opening in 1915. As we honor our heritage, we are building for our future and another century of progress. One of the proudest milestones in SMU’s 100 years occurred on April 25, 2013, when the University hosted five U.S. presidents for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, housing the archives and artifacts of a unique time in U.S. history and providing opportunities for students to become involved in its programs.

The incoming Class of 2017 and all students will benefit from many exciting changes on campus. The new Engaged Learning initiative, which launched last year, complements the curriculum, providing support for students to engage in extensive learning activities beyond the classroom, such as research and service projects. We’re also excited that our student-athletes are beginning competition in the new American Athletic Conference.

Students can find one-on-one support to meet their academic goals at the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, which offers tutoring, study skills training and writing assistance. I encourage first-year students to visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center and begin planning for internships and preparing for professional success. Students can develop leadership skills by being involved in campus life. SMU has hundreds of opportunities from which to choose, including student government, intramurals, social organizations, community service and religious activities.

I encourage you to check regularly the SMU home page and parents’ site (www.smu.edu/parents) to keep up to date on what’s happening at SMU and the many opportunities that will enrich your student’s collegiate experience.

Congratulations on your choice of SMU, and welcome to the Hilltop.

R. Gerald Turner