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.
Each semester, SMU biology professors Pia Vogel and John Wise welcome a handful of dedicated and curious SMU undergraduates, as well as Dallas-area high school students, for hands-on experience working on cancer research in their combined SMU Department of Biological Sciences laboratories. The researchers and students are working to find ways to treat cancer patients whose cancer has either returned after initial chemotherapy or was initially hard to treat using chemotherapeutics. The research is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.
A nine-hole mini golf course was set up in the newly renovated areas of Fondren Library August 30, providing students with a fun way to learn about the recently completed spaces for studying, collaborating and relaxing. The course included Fondren Foundation Centennial Reading Room, the Prothro Learning Commons, Starbucks, the Collaborative Commons, the fourth floor study and lounge area and other places for students to get to know in Fondren.
Rotunda Passage and Opening Convocation hold a special place in the hearts of alumni parents, grandparents and other relatives as the next generation joins the Mustang fold. Many graduates volunteer to serve as Alumni Marshals during this milestone event. Donning ceremonial regalia, the alumni line the Convocation path, welcoming students as they take their initial steps toward intellectual and personal growth at SMU.
At Camp Corral, members of the Class of 2020 had the opportunity to interact with each other and established students while learning about the SMU community. Highlights included the games, discussions and icebreaker activities. Camp Corral wrapped up back on campus August19, at Ford Stadium with a candlelight ceremony.
SMU first-year students fanned out across the Dallas area to see the sights and get acquainted with their new city – and each other – during the Discover Dallas experience on August 18, part of Mustang Corral 2016. Other events planned for them during this action-packed week before classes include Camp Corral, an off-campus retreat, Common Reading discussions and Opening Convocation. On Monday, August 22, their real SMU experience begins with their first classes.
Fondren Library Center unveiled it’s newest space for collaborative learning or just chilling with the opening of the highly anticipated Starbucks Cafe and Collaborative Commons, part of the second phase of renovation. The spacious new hang-out and study area can be accessed from the Laura Bush Promenade. The Collaborative Commons space features comfortable movable chairs and tables as well as a video wall with four 80-inch monitors that will display a variety of content.
Incoming SMU students get their first taste of life on the Hilltop during AARO sessions held during the summer. Among the highlights of this two-day orientation is the friendly and frenetic scavenger hunt at SMU’s Dedman Fitness Center. Ready, set, go Mustangs!
The SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs completed the year with their second College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) honor of the season. Both the men’s and women’s programs were named All-America teams following the fall semester.
The SMU Guildhall has risen to No. 2 among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s seventh annual report.