Southern Methodist University Endowment General Information
Southern Methodist University (SMU) manages an endowment fund that is based in Dallas, Texas. The endowment assets are invested in a diversified portfolio designed to ensure current support as well as growth for the future. The SMU endowment comprises hundreds of named endowment funds that fall into two main categories: those restricted to specific areas and needs, such as scholarships, professorships, academic programs, and campus life; and unrestricted endowments that support the university's mission. Investment in the SMU endowment provides long-term funding to enhance student quality, faculty and academic excellence, and the campus experience. Annual Income from the endowment provides vital support for the university, which relies on tuition and annual gifts. The assets of the endowment fund are managed by the office of the Treasurer and an investment committee appointed by the board of trustees of the university.