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A private and one fiercely reputed research University of Dallas, Texas, Southern Methodist University stands as one of the few colleges to have been Methodist-affiliated institutions and that in the States. Located to the inside of Dallas in the separate city known as University Park, this college happens to be one of the oldest institutions in Texas. A state of the art college is the largest of the ones in the state with over 12,000 active students to its name. SMU as the short-form of its name, it was founded in the year of 1911 which defines its historical stay in the States.

The foundation of SMU is also one of interesting kind and with history written all over it. The college was the recipient of its first charter on the 17th of April, 1811, which was signed by the then Annual Conferences of Texas’s United Methodist Church. The name Southern Methodist University was the second choice when Southwestern University was considered non-successive to the institute and the year after saw the inauguration and launch of the new after-merger named Southern Polytechnic College. The request forwarded to the General Conference of one Methodist Church of Dallas was also one key factor to the establishment of the institution in the name of the SMU. When the SMU started to offer the degrees relating to various faculties like arts, languages and sciences, it was not as good when considered appropriate for the courses as delays in management had the SMU to open officially from 1915. A College and hence SMU was started. As for the Church part, it had long time coming when churches relating to Methodist were affiliated to the institute. Then the year 1814 brought the so-called Methodist Convention to its aid and from there the institution was overseen as a new standard in Dallas by the Board of Conference Members.

It was not easy for the SMU to make it this far on easy basis. The hurdles were like the destined prospects to the SMU and it had to pass each one to face the next. The hurdles appeared in various forms, one of which being the establishment as a prominent university. It was not easy for the SMU as it was as turbulent as it got when Robert Stewart Hyer, first president of SMU had rattled the foundations of the SMU. Its endowments, students and of all, the buildings suffered the worst of the faith when they were disbanded and deteriorated and serious actions were taken for the re-establishment. Either be a donation or a struggle to catch up with the Ivy League universities, all were signing up to take up a chance for themselves at the time of need. This left a struggling SMU on its head-down but the recovery, even if late, was made and with the funds being renewed as a sign of gratitude and buildings renovated, SMU was all set up to start afresh as it was placed in the list of South Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church.

The after-war time was kind of fruitful for the SMU when enrollment was reaching a never-before-seen height. The year 1943 saw SMU as one of the 131 colleges to have been a part of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and that saw students flowing over to make way to get a part in the Navy Commission. The World War II also was a major part for the enrollment of the students in a good range of 550-600 when war veterans made their return from the war. This sudden increase in the flow of students had the SMU to renovate and build the buildings needed for the students to get into. This was just the kind of start needed for the institution to get going. Then all of the attention was gathered to SMU when there happened the administration of death penalty against the SMU for violations regarding recruiting of students. But the aid came to the life of SMU when the increase in the students of law was without the doubt a boon for the SMU as it got selected as one of the few considered sites for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and also the coveted George W. Bush Policy Institute. Again the year 1992 saw SMU get its hand into one forced-closed local college due to a desperate gap in enrollments. All these renovations and re-building was an unknown and obvious step of SMU slowly turning into a classified and reputed university.

Then came the fresh and exciting yet one challenging step, the 21st Century. When the number of the enrolling International Students did get on the front foot, the college was now facing the increase in rate of students at 60%. The demands of the new technology based era were catching up to SMU’s Board of Trustees which lead to the adding of the various new programs, the degrees rare enough that it got the SMU to be the first ever institution of Texas to offer it to the students. When that was accomplished, MC was now in the top spot of only 76 colleges and universities out of all in the States and Canada to have the endowments above the $1 billion mark and being ranked at the 61st spot overall. Being in the state of war for some considerable time has lead SMU to become a socially active institute which has performed in about 45,000 hours of public service whenever hosting the summer or Centrifuge camps for the students who are the “Most Conservative” and the Happiest Students as per the review by Princeton.

The Southern Methodist University has its academics as its plus point when compared to its competitors. Its Education System includes special programs as one SMU-in-Taos, Engaged Learning, and the infamous Study abroad programs along with the University Honors Program. The active part of SMU, the Center for Academic-Community Engagement (ACE) has mainly four major departments (management, accounting, marketing and finance,) at both the levels undergraduate or graduate; And then there is Alternative Asset Management Center along with the Arts have the Department of Art, Center for Land Use & Real Estate Economics, the Center for Drug Discovery, Design, and Delivery and Philosophy along with the Center for Teaching Excellence.