Walking within the Southern Methodist University campus, one can’t help but be impressed by the majestic and historic buildings, grand entrances, inviting fountains, and expansive manicured lawns. I’ve visited the campus a dozen times, and each time am left awestruck. It’s no wonder that Princeton Review ranked SMU the 2nd most beautiful campus in the country in 2016.  From the Blanton Student Services Building to Dallas Hall to Fondren Library Center with the Laura Bush Promenade, students and visitors can feel a calmness envelop them moving through SMU’s stunning campus. It’s the only private university housing a presidential library and the Meadows Museum of Art houses the most complete collection of Spanish art outside of Spain.

Beyond the architecture, SMU’s academic offerings impress visitors as much, if not more than the buildings. Seven colleges (five for undergrads) offer over 100 majors and 85 minors and more than half of students have double and even triple majors. Students can also develop individual graduation plans to fit their unique needs. Student study abroad options abound with 150 programs www.smu.edu/abroad, and students can even spend a summer or J-term at SMU-in-Taos www.smu.edu/taos. Research opportunities start the freshman year, and students can dive in deeper with SMU’s University Honors Program or Hilltop Scholars Program www.smu.edu/honors.

With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students can interact their professors as well as with students from every state in the nation and an 8% international population. Undergraduate enrollment is just over 6400 with total enrollment over 11,600.


SMU has something for every student with 17 Division I sports, 15 club sports, and 18 intermural sports. There’s a large Greek population and over 200 student clubs. SMU offers individual communities through one of eleven Residential Commons programs providing multi-functional environments – eating, learning, mentoring. Each community possesses a unique identity, complete with its own crest.

Set in the heart of Dallas, the fourth largest metroplex in the nation, SMU’s proximity to the third largest home of Fortune 500 companies allows vast opportunities for internships and experiential learning. Close to downtown as well as Southwest Airline’s Love Field, students are never far from world class travel, restaurants, arts, professional sports teams, or shopping.

The middle 50% of student score between a 1290 and 1450 on the new SAT and they do superscore across multiple tests. The middle 50% ACT range was 29 to 32. Acceptance is 51% and the average GPA is 3.65. Annual estimated cost is $70,000/year, and 60% of student receive academic and need-based awards. Average award of scholarship and need-based aid was $26,877. www.smu.edu/value

Students can complete The Common App www.commonapp.org or Apply Texas www.applytexas.org. November 1 is the deadline for Early Action and Early Decision. January 15 is Regular Decision and Early Decision II deadline, and February 15 is priority financial aid deadline. FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile (College Board).

What do others say about SMU?

#56 (tie) National Universities – U.S. News & World Report

#14 among America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities – Forbes

#11 for Best Quality of Life – Princeton Review

#10 in World Cox MBA Program – Financial Times