Welcome to the Hilltop!
We are delighted that your student has joined our community during a special time in SMU’s history. The University is observing the final phase 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.
The incoming Class of 2018 and all students will benefit from many exciting changes on campus. For example, the Residential Commons model was launched campus-wide, enabling all first-year and sophomore students to live on campus in one of the 11 residential facilities. These supportive environments make for a smoother transition to university life and opportunities for forging friendships. Also, the Hilltop community cheered the men’s basketball team in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum, as the Mustangs achieved a historic home-game winning streak that propelled them into the ranks of the top teams in the nation.
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. The George W. Bush Presidential Center, located on our campus, houses the archives and artifacts of a unique time in United States history and provides opportunities for students to become involved in its programs.
SMU asks parents to be partners in urging students to “live responsibly.” Please discuss health and safety issues with your students, including substance abuse and sexual misconduct, which are serious issues of concern on campuses nationwide. Resources and information are available here. All students are expected to uphold high standards of behavior and to respect all community members, including those whose race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or culture may differ from their own.
I encourage you to follow SMU on Twitter and to check regularly the SMU home page and parents’ site 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