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Location
Dallas, TX
Undergrads
5,999
Tuition
$41,750
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: The studios are very small, which means you study with actual professors/performers and get lots of time playing in ensembles.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academic wise it is a great school that will challenge you, but not give you overwhelming amounts of work

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are generally not very difficult. there tends to be a lot of work but not that many exams.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Pre-Med is a tough road. It's best to get involved and really develop relationships with your science professors.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Phenomenal academics and is on the rise for sure.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 39th
    Smartest Professors
  • 79th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 153rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 187th
    Best Course Variety
  • 201st
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Peter Goldschmidt
Hometown
Jefferson City, MO
Major
Financial Consulting
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It is obvious that sometime in your college career, you will encounter the teacher that everyone has been avoiding. There is no way to dodge that ball. SMU can make no guarantees, just like any other institution, but at least they offer a number of intelligent professors that are interesting. Most are either here to continue research or have already attained their doctorate. The likelihood that you will encounter a boring teacher is quite low. Students tend to agree that your class is as stimulating as you make it. SMU professors are enthusiastic about their subject matter as well as friendly. Every professor is required to post office hours, but most will go out of their way after an arduous day to make sure that every one of their students' questions-even the most mundane- are answered. I have had several professors that allowed me to call them at home or have worked around my schedule. Even the most stringent professors secretly cheer for you in the shadows.

The courses are noteworthy and challenging enough to force you to find the library. Some professors are lenient with assignments while others make you feel as though you are already in law school. SMU teachers are very strict on one thing in particular though: attendance. The well-known phrase at SMU is "Go to Class!" Adhere to it or watch your grade slowly plummet to its death. At SMU, you can feel confident knowing that at any time you can change majors without having to change schools. Every program here is in high regard nationwide and is constantly being enhanced. Most students say that the academics become harder every year-so be prepared to lose sleep.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
705
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
401
Total FT Faculty
719
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,612
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
80%
Programs/Majors Offered
102
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 58%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 34%
  • 50 or More Students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Cox School of Business
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Dedman School of Law
  • Meadows School of the Arts
  • Perkins School of Theology
  • School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Finance, General: 5%
  • Law: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Bridwell Library
  • Business Information Center (BIC)
  • Fondren Library Center
  • Hamon Arts Library
  • Residence hall study rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask around about professors before scheduling your classes.
  • Befriend the TAs.
  • Check your Webmail every day.
  • Don't blow off school for parties.
  • Don't schedule an 8 a.m. class unless you can definitely get up for it.
  • Go to class, especially if there is an attendance policy.
  • Keep yourself busy-get involved or pick a minor.
  • Make sure your teacher knows your name.
  • Remember what you're here for!
  • Take care of all your GEC courses first before your major classes so you can have more time to decide on a major.
Did You Know?
  • SMU features a Tate Lecture Series every year, where students are given the chance to listen to honored and celebrated guest speakers. Past guests have been Julie Andrews, Tony Blair, Tom Brokaw, Dick Cheney, Wade Davis, Bob Dole, Jane Goodall, Al Gore, John Irving, Nicholas D. Kristof, Bill O'Reilly, Sidney Poitier, Martin Sheen, Stephen Stephanopoulos, Ted Turner, Barbara Walters, and many more.
  • The Meadows Museum is home to the largest and most inclusive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain. Some of the original works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró, and Picasso are all showcased here.
  • The "Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead" raised over $532 million for educational needs, campus construction, and renovations over a period of five years. In September of 2005, the first phase of renovations to the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports was completed and features two basketball courts, an extended track, a climbing wall, swimming facilities, indoor soccer, and much more. Also, in 2005, construction of a new business education building was completed. SMU has a substantial amount of funding to maintain the beauty of its campus.
  • At a campus rally September 12, the University kicked off the public phase of the campaign and announced the goal of $750 million for "SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign." The campaign already is off to a running start, with 29,488 donors providing $317 million in commitments during the two-year quiet phase of the campaign. This includes 49 donors who have made commitments of $1 million and above. The five-year public phase will coincide with the centennial of the University's founding in 1911; the University opened in 1915.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 20% Kathy Bates - Academy Award-winning actress
  • 20% Doak Walker - Heisman Trophy recipient
  • 20% Eric Dickerson - NFL Hall of Fame
  • 8% James Cronin - Nobel Prize-winning physicist
  • 8% Karen Hughes - former presidential adviser
  • 8% Laura Bush
  • 4% Beth Henley - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
  • 4% Lauren Graham - star on TV show "Gilmore Girls"
  • 4% Steve Lundquist - Olympic gold medalist
  • 4% Brian Baumgartner - Actor on "The Office"
  • 0% Robert Dennard - computer memory pioneer
  • 0% Powers Boothe - Emmy Award-winning actor
  • 0% Lars Frolander - Olympic gold medalist
  • 0% Paige Davis - actress, former TV host
  • 0% Payne Stewart - champion golfer
  • 0% Laura Bush - former first lady
  • 0% Patricia Richardson - actress
  • 0% Aaron Spelling - TV producer

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 40 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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