23099D_145-3.jpg SMU-in-Taos, the University’s campus in northern New Mexico, is accepting applications for fall 2010.

SMU-in-Taos has offered summer education programs tailored to the region’s unique cultural and natural resources since 1973. The campus launched a fall term in 2009, thanks to new and renovated casitas and other improvements that made the facilities useable in all seasons. During the fall term, students take 12 to 19 hours of courses that meet core undergraduate requirements in four “blocks.”

“Living in Taos has helped me really understand, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be part of a community,” says sophomore Lauren Rodgers, who participated in the first fall term. “I have one-on-one lessons with professors whose sole reason for being in Taos is me. The extremely small class sizes translate to amazing flexibility. And where else can you count shooting stars on your walk to the library?”

Parents also can experience the unique learning environment of SMU-in-Taos during the Cultural Institute, July 22-25. Courses taught by distinguished SMU faculty include archaeology, history, art and textiles, religion and regional wine and cooking. Classes and field trips are limited in size to allow for deeper discussions and individual attention.

For more information about the Cultural Institute, e-mail taosci@smu.edu or call 214-768-8267.

For more information about summer and fall terms at SMU-in-Taos, call 214-768-3657.

• Read about Taos scholarship opportunities in The Daily Campus.

• Read student blogs from SMU-in-Taos on the Student Adventures site, including Lydia, Rachel, and CJ