Southern Methodist University Summary

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Dallas Hall

Basic Statistics

Location
Dallas, TX
Website
www.smu.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
5,999
Part-Time Undergrads
250
Setting
Suburban
In-State Tuition
$41,750
Out-of-State Tuition
$41,750
Room & Board
$13,539
Acceptance Rate
54 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1760–2050
Average ACT Scores
27–31

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Small classes and teachers that know your name
  • Tailgating
  • Brown Bag in Meadows
  • Study abroad program

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parking
  • Ongoing construction
  • Overwhelmingly conservative
  • Desolate stands during soccer and football games

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Southern Methodist Student Reviews

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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.

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