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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Depending on where you spend most of your time, there's a varying amount of diversity on campus.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Not open to anything other than white and rich people.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: I was in Meadows School of Arts, which is probably the most diverse of the schools. Otherwise, it's fairly homogenous.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: the school is super waspy; lots of rich white kids

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I'm a minority, and I've never felt discriminated against.


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Peter Goldschmidt
Jefferson City, MO
Financial Consulting
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SMU thrives on its aesthetically-pleasing campus, excellent programs, small classes, and superb funding. The main focus of this school does not revolve around racial diversity. Minorities exist, but they are more difficult to spot than Caucasian students. Most minorities tend to join groups affiliated with their same racial background. In a sense, the school segregates these groups unintentionally. SMU has opened the door for student organizations, and attempts to make each of these groups comfortable. However, in the big picture, these organizations are, perhaps, both a plus and a minus. The best location to find minorities is on the third floor of the student center. Getting involved on campus is a great way to facilitate diversity.

Many students tend to join an organization of some sort within their freshman year, simply to find others that are similar to themselves and foster the same atmosphere they had at home. On the other hand, after a student becomes involved in that particular organization, it becomes more difficult for him or her to branch out of their comfort zone.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 17%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The student body in general is mildly accepting of SMU’s small gay population. The gay community is widely accepted in the Meadows School of the Arts. Acceptance has yet to be fully incorporated by the rest of the campus.
Political Activity
SMU is becoming more political every year. With new student organizations such as Amnesty International and Democracy Matters, students are breaking the "SMU bubble" by speaking out for what they believe. Most of the students are conservative in nature as well as political views and background. There are many liberals—however, conservatives outnumber them.
Economic Status
Most SMU students come from upper- and upper-middle-class economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
About 64 percent of Fall 2007 undergrads and 50 percent of grad students reported a religious affiliation. Nearly 23 percent of all students reporting a preference were Roman Catholic, and 21 percent were Methodist. Also represented are other Protestant affiliations, as well as religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The multicultural organizations on campus are somewhat recognizable, but they do not receive the same amount of attention as Greek Life or Christian groups. There are sixteen multicultural organizations, such as the Asian Council, College Hispanic American Students, Turkish Student Association, and the Association of Black Students. Each group sponsors activities in the student center.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 46 responses

  • 13% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure
  • 13% Very conservative
  • 17% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 45 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 38% Very conservative
  • 33% Conservative
  • 11% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 9% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 45 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 45 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 46 responses

  • 28% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 24% Very accepting.
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