May Term

Some class spaces still available for SMU MayTerm 2016

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There are still a few class spaces open for SMU’s MayTerm 2016, and enrollment is now open through my.SMU.edu.

The University will offer 70 courses on the main campus during the interterm period scheduled for May 12-26, 2016. The priority enrollment deadline for classes on the Dallas campus has closed, but enrollments will still be accepted for classes with seats available.

MayTerm offerings consist of full SMU courses adapted to 11 class days of 4 hours each. All classes are taught by regular SMU faculty members and adjunct professors. In addition, they offer the same discounted tuition as all other non-Fall and Spring terms. With no general student fees attached, these classes cost about 33 percent less than a regular-term course.

Students benefit from the MayTerm for many reasons, including the opportunity to improve their academic standing, fulfill University Curriculum requirements, work toward an additional major or minor, complete prerequisites for other courses, or take a class with a distinguished professor that may be outside their degree plan.

Any SMU student in good standing is eligible to enroll in a MayTerm course. Students may take only one MayTerm course at a time and should meet with their academic adviser before enrolling for any MayTerm course.

On-campus housing in Morrison-McGinnis Residential Commons will be available for MayTerm students who are living in assigned SMU residence halls during Spring 2016. MayTerm Housing is limited; students should contact Residence Life and Student Housing as soon as possible to sign up.

Room rent is $335 for double occupancy, and a limited number of private rooms are available for $385. Approved MayTerm residents will move from their Spring Term room assignment to MayTerm/Summer Term housing in Morrison-McGinnis on the weekend of May 14-15, 2016. MayTerm housing closes at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016.

All MayTerm residents are required to purchase a $175 all-flex meal plan. Flex Dollars may be used at dining locations around campus, including Café 100, Chick-fil-A, Subway, The Market, and Einstein Brothers.

> Find more information at the SMU MayTerm homepage: smu.edu/mayterm

Calendar Highlights: Finals week, May 4, 2015

celebratingSMU’s 100th Commencement is almost here – the end of Spring 2015 (and another academic year) at a glance:

  • May 4: Last day of instruction
  • May 5: Reading Day
  • May 6-12: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • May 13: Residence halls officially close for non-graduating students not enrolled in MayTerm
  • May 14-29: MayTerm 2015 for SMU main campus and SMU-in-Taos
  • May 15-16: May Commencement Weekend
  • May 17: Residence halls officially close for graduating seniors
  • May 23: University Holiday, Memorial Day
  • June 1: 2015 Summer Sessions begin
  • June 4: Last day to file for August graduation
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SMU MayTerm 2015 enrollment underway for main-campus classes that start May 14

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SMU’s MayTerm 2015 will offer nearly 50 courses during the interterm period scheduled for May 14-29. Enrollment is now open through my.SMU.edu. The priority enrollment deadline for classes on the Dallas campus is Friday, April 24; enrollments after this date will still be accepted for classes with seats available.

MayTerm offerings consist of full SMU courses adapted to 11 class days of 4 hours each. All classes are taught by regular SMU faculty members and adjunct professors. In addition, they offer the same discounted tuition as all other non-Fall and Spring terms. With no general student fees attached, these classes cost about 33 percent less than a regular-term course.

There are 49 May Term courses scheduled for 2015, up from 27 last year — an increase that is “significant,” says Kate Livingston, executive director of SMU Extended Learning.

“It shows that faculty are embracing the program,” Livingston adds. “The diversity of the course offerings is strong as well.”

Students are benefiting from the MayTerm for many reasons, including the opportunity to improve their academic standing, fulfill University Curriculum requirements, work toward an additional major or minor, complete prerequisites for other courses, or take a class with a distinguished professor that may be outside their degree plan. More than 325 students had registered for MayTerm 2015 courses during the first three days of enrollment.

“I really enjoyed the condensed format of the class. I found it was easier to retain information…. Overall, my MayTerm course was a great experience,” reads one student’s course evaluation. “My professor made coming to class for four hours every day enjoyable; she managed to present an incredible amount of material while still making it fun and giving us time for discussion,” wrote another MayTerm student.

Any SMU student in good standing is eligible to enroll in a MayTerm course. Students may take only one MayTerm course at a time and should meet with their academic adviser before enrolling for any MayTerm course.

On-campus housing in Morrison-McGinnis Residential Commons will be available for MayTerm students who are living in assigned SMU residence halls during Spring 2015. Students must sign up for MayTerm Housing by Friday, May 1. Room rent is $335 for double occupancy; a limited number of private rooms are available for $385. MayTerm housing closes at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015.

All MayTerm residents are required to purchase a $175 all-flex meal plan. Flex Dollars may be used at dining locations around campus, including Café 100, Chick-fil-A, Subway, The Market, and Einstein Brothers.

> Find more information at the SMU MayTerm homepage: smu.edu/mayterm

SMU Summer Studies offers options in Dallas, Taos and abroad

SMU Summer Studies popsicle logoSMU Summer Studies has announced a slate of more than 400 courses for the University’s 2014 summer terms. Summer courses allows students to make progress on their degrees, change or add majors or minors, and add value to their education with smaller courses that cost less than regular-term courses.

The schedule includes:

MayTerm on the Dallas campus: MayTerm offers 27 courses May 15-30, allowing students to earn three hours of credit in fewer than three weeks. The course schedule is now onlineInitial applications are due Thursday, April 17. Students may apply for MayTerm online.

Summer on the Dallas campus: The full Summer Term runs June 2-Aug. 5; Summer I courses are June 2-July 1; Summer II courses are July 7-Aug. 5. Financial aid, campus housing and meal plans are available. SMU Summer Term course schedules and other information are online.

SMU-in-Taos: Northern New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for classes in art, archaeology, biology, business, history, marketing and more. The May Term at SMU-in-Taos is May 14-31; the June Term is June 4-July 3; the Mini June Term is June 4-21; and the August Term is Aug. 5-22. The SMU-in-Taos summer schedule is now online.

SMU Abroad:  SMU offers a number of summer learning, service and internship opportunities in locales ranging from Paris to Bali.

Written by Sarah Hanan

> More information online at smu.edu/summer

Summer hours for SMU outlets start during May Term 2013

Stock photo of an Open sign in a shop windowSummer’s here, and so are summer hours for SMU dining outlets. Yet some University food stops will be open for business during May Term 2013 – SMU Dining Services has a summary of hours, dates and locations for outlets that are ready to serve for the rest of the month. Download a May 2013 schedule in Excel format from Dining Services, and watch SMU Forum and SMUDining.com for more Summer Session hours.

Visit SMU Dining Services online

New SMU May Term to launch in 2013

SMU students at the Bishop Boulevard gateway marker

SMU’s Office of the Provost has approved a relaunch of the University’s May interterm program on the main campus this spring. The Office of Summer Studies will accept course proposals for the 2013 May Term on the Dallas Campus through Friday, Feb. 15.

All proposals must demonstrate how the courses will be adapted to 11 class days of 4 hours each. Courses offered at the SMU-in-Taos campus may not be offered on the Dallas campus during May Term. Before a proposal is submitted, the instructor must receive approval from his or her department chair and dean.

Students must meet with their academic adviser before enrolling for any May Term on the Dallas Campus course. Enrollment forms will be available at smu.edu/summer in early February. The deadline to enroll for 2013 May Term on the Dallas Campus is noon Wednesday, May 1.

The University’s previous May interterm on the Dallas campus ended in 1990 due to declining revenue, but the time is ripe to reboot the program, says Kathy Rowe, director of Summer Studies.

“The campus hasn’t changed, but our students have,” Rowe says. “They are trying to make room for Engaged Learning projects, for study abroad, for internships and other endeavors that enhance their college experience. More and more, they need the ability to take required courses at different times of the year. The growing success of the J Term program is one indicator of that.”

The new May Term on the Dallas Campus will offer the same discounted tuition as all other non-Fall and Spring terms, Rowe confirms. With no general student fees attached, these classes cost about 33 percent less than a regular-term course. For the 2013 pilot year, Rowe hopes to schedule 10 courses that will accommodate 15-20 students in each.

The interterm’s May 31 end date is an advantage for students who live off campus, Rowe says; many upper-class students have apartment leases that last through the end of the month. She is also working with Senior Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Housing Steve Logan about the possibility of extending on-campus housing for students who enroll in May Term on the Dallas Campus. 

Rowe also has plans to recruit new kinds of students to the program. Possibilities include certificate programs in topics such as human rights that can be completed in consecutive May Terms over a student’s undergraduate career or in one summer. Such programs could be very attractive to visiting students who live in Dallas but attend other colleges and universities, Rowe says.

“One concern about launching a new program like this is that there are a certain number of SMU students each year who are trying to finish on time or get a second major or minor, and we’re just moving them around,” she says. “With May Term on the Dallas Campus, we’re looking to draw in students beyond that relatively stable market.”

For more information on the course proposal process, contact Kathy Rowe, Director of Summer Studies, 214-768-2736.

> Download an SMU May Term on the Dallas Campus course proposal form (PDF format)