Fondren Library will be closed this Saturday, September 17th for Game Day. Regular hours will resume Sunday September 18th at Noon. READ MORE
Originally Posted: September 13, 2016
DALLAS (SMU) – SMU rose to its highest ranking among the nation’s universities in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released online today.
Among 220 institutions classified as national universities, SMU ranks 56, up from 61 a year ago.
The new ranking again places SMU in the first tier of institutions in the guide’s “best national universities” category. In Texas, only Rice University ranks higher. SMU and the University of Texas-Austin were tied. Among private national universities, SMU ranks 39.
SMU’s increase was one of the five largest among the top 100 universities. Since 2008, SMU’s 11-point increase is one of the four largest among schools in the top 60.
For the rankings, U.S. News considers measures of academic quality, such as peer assessment scores and ratings by high school counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rate performance, financial resources and alumni giving. SMU ranks 24 among all national universities in alumni giving at 25 percent.
In other ranking categories, SMU ranks 32 as one of the best national universities for veterans.
“It is gratifying for SMU to be recognized for its positive movement among the best national universities,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The ranking is an example of the momentum of the Second Century Campaign and the University’s Centennial Celebration.
“We appreciate external recognition of our progress and believe it’s valid, but we also know that rankings do not portray the whole picture of an institution and its strengths. We encourage parents and students to visit the institutions they are considering for a firsthand look at the academic offerings, the campus environment and the surrounding community to best gauge a university.”
The rankings of 1,374 institutions, including national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and regional universities, are available now online and on newsstands Sept. 23. Find the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook in stores Oct. 4. READ MORE
Originally Posted: September 4, 2016
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma Saturday morning, prompting officials to shut down dozens of waste water disposal wells within a 500-square-mile area of the quake’s epicenter.
The earthquake tied the record for the strongest ever recorded in Oklahoma. The earthquake epicenter was about 9 miles northwest of Pawnee. One surveillance video from a public school in North Central Oklahoma shows the moment the tremors started.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered that 35 wells be shut down due to evidence that links earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production. WATCH
THE EPA’S THE LATEST TO LINK NORTH TEXAS QUAKES TO OIL & GAS ACTIVITY
A new report says the federal agency found a “significant possibility” that oil and gas drilling in the region triggered earthquakes. But what have Texas regulators said about it? READ MORE
Originally Posted: August 22, 2016
American archaeologists of their field areas in Malawi, where Louis Jacobs is now. He is working with Dr. Elizabeth Gomani Chindebvu, former SMU graduate student. The Mwakasyunguti valley is below the red layer where the archaeologists were digging. The dinosaur beds are the light colored beds.
Originally Posted: August 22, 2016
Following you will find Class of 2020 Photo, Making the Class of 2020 Photo, Opening Convocation scenes, Opening Convocation speech, Camp Corral scenes, “Discover Dallas” scenes, “Discover Dallas” Storify, Corral Kick-Off, Move-In video and scenes, and AARO.
SMU Class of 2020 Photo
Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year! Here are a few Fall 2016 dates to remember:
- Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 21
- First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 22
- General Faculty Meeting: Wednesday, Aug. 24
- Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 5 (University offices closed)
- First Faculty Senate Meeting of 2016-17: Wednesday, Sept. 7
- Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24
- Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 10-11
- Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5
- Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25 (University offices closed, no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 23)
- Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 5
- Reading days: Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 6-7
- Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 8-14 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
- December Commencement Convocation: Saturday, Dec. 17 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
- Christmas/Winter Break: Friday, Dec. 23, 2016-Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 (University offices closed)