SMU students at the Bishop Boulevard gateway marker

During the spring enrollment period, students will be meeting with their academic advisers and discussing course options, including for the May and Summer terms. With more than 250 courses available through SMU Summer Studies, students can choose to advance progress on their degrees, change or add majors, or take additional courses.

New this year is the 2013 May Term in Dallas, which will offer 17 courses May 16-31, allowing students to earn three hours of credit in less than three weeks. Courses include introduction to statistics and philosophy, calculus for business/social studies and a new nonprofit organization course. Find the full May Term in Dallas schedule here, as well as information about financial assistance.

The May Term allows students “to make room for Engaged Learning projects, for study abroad, for internships and other endeavors that enhance their college experience,” says Kathy Rowe, director of Summer Studies. “More and more, they need the ability to take required courses at different times of the year.”

Before enrolling for May Term in Dallas, students must meet with their academic adviser. Enrollment forms are available at The deadline to enroll for 2013 May Term in Dallas is noon May 1.

The new May Term in Dallas will offer the same discounted tuition as other non-Fall and Spring terms. With no general student fees attached, these classes cost about 33 percent less than a regular-term course.

The full Summer Term runs June 3-August 6; Summer I courses are June 3 to July 2; Summer II courses are July 5 to August 5. Financial aid, campus housing and meal plans are available. Find course information online here.

Other opportunities for summer learning include:

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 much more. The May Term at SMU-in-Taos is May 15-June 1; the June Term is June 4-July 3, and the August Term is August 5-22  (priority application deadline is April 26). SMU-in-Taos also is offering a full fall term (priority application deadline is May 1).

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