Southern Methodist University in California is scheduled to receive a $2.7 billion upgrade that will include a $1 billion addition to its buildings and a $700 million expansion to its campus, according to a letter from the school’s board of trustees.
The upgrade will come as Southern Methodists students are preparing to celebrate the first anniversary of their campus’ opening, the letter said.
It also includes new facilities and facilities upgrades at the school, which has been ranked among the top 50 universities by U.S. News and World Report for more than a decade.
In a news release, the school said it’s pleased to receive the upgrade and looks forward to adding to the university’s rich tradition of scholarship and service to the community.
“It’s great to welcome a new and improved Southern Methodism to the region, and to build on the strong relationship and legacy that the institution has forged with our students and community,” said Michael E. Johnson, president of the board of Southern Methodisms.
“I look forward to sharing the new facilities, facilities, and amenities with the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who will use them.”
The university also announced it is planning a $3.5 billion expansion to the school in the coming years.
The school has been among the country’s fastest-growing public universities in recent years.
The announcement of the upgrades came less than a month after the university announced that it was getting a $7.8 billion renovation of its facilities.
The renovations include a new $1.8 million center for student housing and an addition to the chapel, which will house the schools first African-American chaplain, the Southern Methodistic Institute.
Southern Methodists is also adding a new auditorium and a new dining hall.
The university has about 1,800 students and is the sixth-largest Catholic university in the country, according the Southern Baptist Convention.