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Dallas, TX
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5,999
Tuition
$41,750
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Dallas, but it's personally a little snooty for my taste. I just love SMU too much to leave.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on-campus, so I do not have an opinion on this subject.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Now that SMU Basketball is a thing, SMU's spirit towards sports has skyrocketed. People barely make it through the first half of the football games because they're too drunk from Boulevarding (our version of tailgating). Volleyball games, track meets, golf, etc. aren't really all that popular on campus, either. They're there, but they don't have the full house attendance that Moody Magic does.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a handful of each race/ethnicity/religion and they band together via clubs (i.e. Muslim Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association) and rarely branch out from said organizations. The majority of my friends are white, with the exception of two Black friends. The Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites tend to keep to themselves. It's not a racism issue, it's just where students find their niche that they stay because it's comfortable and familiar.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I've yet to declare a major, so I'm not much help here.

College Sophomore

Majors: Right now I'm just taking pre-reqs for potential majors and minors and other required courses to graduate.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are loopholes to every rule about substance abuse at SMU. Just don't be stupid about where you do it and you'll be fine. Be careful with fake IDs. A few peers got into big trouble with those.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: First-years get the best financial aid packages. No one tells you that after your first year, your aid goes down significantly. One of my grants turned into a loan, tripling my loan amount from the previous year. There are scholarships if you apply for them, and the FA office tends to be understanding, but the advisers are not very helpful. You have to fight to get all the money you can, because SMU, although wealthy, tends to be stingy with her funds in this sense.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's good for the first few weeks but then you kind of get over it. The quality of the food goes in waves, like it's really good one week then you're eating cereal and eggs for two weeks. It's always great when there are campus tours because Umph puts on great food to impress the parents. There's a wide variety of things to choose from and there's a salad bar and dessert station and Starbucks coffee available. As a whole, on-campus dining is very good.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are aesthetically appealing inside and out. You become close friends with people who live on your floor and the dorms always make for a fun time. I love living on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you want to go out, there's something to do every night of the week, and most people get tipsy off champagne at Sunday Brunch. Fraternities throw the majority of the parties, and lots of people have little get-togethers at off-campus apartments. LOVE the night life at SMU. It's spectacular.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally am not Greek, but several of my friends are and they absolutely love it. Both sides have pros and cons, so be sure to make an informed decision before you decide to rush (which is not a fun process for anyone--it is emotionally scarring for most). Fall semester is more non-Greek friendly because the parties are open as the active members are trying to recruit freshmen; spring semester is primarily mixers and formals that are dedicated to exclusively Greek members. If you can be Greek, do it. I wish I could but I don't have $2k+ a year to spend on it. Just know that people won't treat you differently if you're not Greek. They'll maybe make a comment that sounds like they pity you, but they'll treat you all the same. If you do happen to find people who judge you by your Greek affiliation (so, "Top Tier" chapter members) then they're not worth your time.

SMU is trying to reform how dominant Greek life is, and it's gone down significantly just in the last ten or so years. Over time, it'll die down, but as for now it is still what makes up the majority of the student body.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you have a car, Dallas is your off-campus dining option. If not, there's tex-mex, cafes, fried food, pizza, burgers, and countless other options within decent walking distance--even Chick fil A and sushi!

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Highland/University Park is a very attractive, safe, and wealthy area. There are many shops, bars, etc. within walking distance. Getting around Dallas without a car, however, is difficult; public transit can be a pain to navigate.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received a full merit-based undergraduate scholarship.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Despite recent sexual assaults on and off campus, SMU is one of the safest places in the DFW Metroplex.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: During football season, Boulevarding attendance is considerably higher than game attendance. Basketball games this past year were packed. Other sports do not see much attendance.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My undergraduate experience at SMU was wonderful. The classes for my majors (ME and Physics) were stimulating, there was plenty of individual attention, the research opportunities are unparalleled for undergraduates, and on-campus housing was great.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Excellent quality and options in Umphrey Lee, but meal plans are very expensive.

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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I didn't participate in Greek life, so I don't know enough to adequately review it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The transition into a new town and not living with family while also not being surrounded by friends you've grown up with was really hard, but once you submerse yourself into SMU that becomes easier. I don't enjoy Dallas, but I love the friends I've made and the opportunities that SMU has to offer because of it being in Dallas evens it out.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: SMU has great profs and the curriculum is difficult, but in a good way that makes a degree from SMU respectable. The new curriculum is confusing, but I believe it is being changed so that doesn't deduct points. Everyone likes to study in Fondren library, it is big and has tons of resources.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have loved being in the engineering school. There are awesome extra things to do such as contests, volunteering to build an aquaponics system, or working in the innovation center!

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football is a joke, BUT our basketball team did fantastic this year! With the renovation of Moody almost every game was sold out and people camped out for tickets. The hype of the games is amplified by the small environment and everyones excitement at finally being good at a sport on SMU's campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved getting to live in the Hilltop Scholars dorms. With the addition of the new resident halls near Dedman, the walks from there are going to be long. The dorms are small, but they are college dorm rooms so you can't expect spaciousness. The newer dorms are nice and have a very hotel feel to them. There are little study rooms in some of the dorms which are great!

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Peter Goldschmidt
Hometown
Jefferson City, MO
Major
Financial Consulting
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While some SMU students will gladly tell you that this school was their first choice, there are plenty of others that will admit that they're not sure how they got here. For several, SMU was a last-minute decision that turned into a remarkable one. SMU offers individual schools and majors that are praised nationwide. Students are able to test several interests before choosing a particular major. While there are many other things to brag about, like the study abroad programs, the social scene is a key aspect of SMU. This school offers introverts an environment where they can become extroverts in a small community that fosters socializing. Among the community, students get the hookups for internships and jobs by networking with friends and alumni.

An exuberant school spirit in terms of athletics might be missing, but SMU pride in the sense of academic excellence and social atmosphere is highly evident. Students get irritated with parking and other little issues, but in the long run, most of them are satisfied with their level of education and their experience. The majority of students will tell you it has been the best four years of their lives and that they are glad to have stumbled upon such a rare treasure.

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