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Reviews 1171 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has been pretty good so far, really enjoying it.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I am a recent alumnus so I will be a bit biased but I will also as objective as possible with my review...

First things first, I would honestly give this school a 4.5, or a 9/10... not a 10. Mostly for this upcoming reason.


This school is CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY expensive lol. Was my degree worth it, the alumni network, prestige, job opportunities, etc? YES.. But SMU is still WAYYYY TOO expensive. This is the most expensive school in Texas and by a GOOD MARGIN actually lol(I believe it's around 8-10k more than TCU, 2nd most expensive lol). Thus, the "MRS" thing at SMU is fairly accurate lol.


Where to begin...

My whole family went to either UT or Rice, so I had pressure growing up to attend those schools. I chose SMU easily and (despite the CRAZY tuition) I would do it ALL OVER AGAIN.

When you go to college you want to gain a few things:

1. Life experience

2. A solid education

3. Friends/opportunities to last a lifetime

4. Strong alumni network (SMU has a VERY STRONG one!)

5. Degree weight/worth/value

6. Opportunity

7. A GOOD job

You will get ALL OF THOSE at SMU. Upon graduation I had no trouble getting job offers, particularly in Dallas and ALL THROUGHOUT Texas. The other 2 major cities that come to mind: Houston and Austin, I had DOZENS of offers and meetings from those areas lol. It just came down to where I wanted to live in the end, honestly lol. They were ALL good jobs! The "recognition/prestige' of being SMU alumni is almost UNMATCHED in Texas. If you plan to stay in Texas after graduation, you will be JUST FINE(trust me) lol.

The friends i've met, made, and kept from my days from all background SES, racial(SMU is more diverse than you think), Greek or NON Greek, I have and will keep for a lifetime. I also PERSONALLY know 2 people who got into Harvard Law and 1 to Harvard Med from SMU undergrad.

SMU pushes you to bring the best OUT OF YOU, work hard, do right, do well, carry/present yourself well and Pony Up!

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I loved my school, it is small enough. Environment, and people are great

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love SMU and would recommend it to anyone. The professors are readily accessible and all the schools here are great. The campus is absolutely stunning and you never get tired of it. Being in Dallas for college is awesome and the night life is always vibrant no matter what day of the week it is. There are tons of opportunities to get involved on campus and the people here are amazing. It is no doubt a school for the wealthy but there are tons of people who aren't shallow here and it has never been an issue for me. The girls are absolutely beautiful and the greek life scene is very strong here.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Southern Methodist University. Since there's only around 6,200 undergrad students, the professors are able to provide attention to every student. The campus is gorgeous and positively adds to the college experience there. If I could do the application process all over again, I would still definitely choose SMU. SMU has a great curriculum that has allowed me to easily schedule my classes so I can triple major. The professors are great at making sure their students understand the material and are always willing to help outside of class hours. The study abroad programs offered are phenomenal. No matter the city or selected program, students always have an amazing time.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great school!!! Look for outside scholarships though because the school is expensive, but its worth it. The campus is amazing

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus is beautiful. The faculty and staff are great.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Southern Methodist University not for the culture, the typical students, or the professors. I've had a few very good professors, but many bad ones as well. I don't like the greek life at SMU: it is fake, it is superficial, and I believe it is damaging to confidence and self esteem. The students are generally surface level and spend way too much time with their faces in their phones. However, I love SMU because I have found a community. My community is supportive, friendly, deep, considerate, and kind. They aren't afraid to challenge you, but they will be there for you if you are having a difficult time. If it weren't for them, I would not have stayed at SMU.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've wanted to attend SMU since my mom attended. I am absolutely in love with the campus, and have been for 9 years now. The people are nice, friendly, hospitable.. It's a really nice southern feel, and so close to home. SMU is the only school I applied to, because I really didn't want to go anywhere else. SMU is home.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Financial Aid office is awful. SMU cares more about it's perfectly watered grass and making sure there aren't any leaves on the sidewalk more than it cares about it's students.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I truly think SMU is the greatest university in the nation. The academics, social, and community aspects are weighed equally.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: SMU is fantastic school that offers a large range of classes with qualified professors.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think Southern Methodist University is a very high quality school, and I'm blessed to be here.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm giving a rating based on classes and professors. Socially, the school provides a lot to do, everything is well funded, but my main concern are the students. Going in they do advertise that they are a diverse school with many opinions and cultures, but going in all you really see are the same conservative frat/sorority people. I just wish they didn't try so hard to pretend otherwise.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: SMU is a wonderful school. While it may not be widely known for its academics, it has plenty to offer. SMU encourages its students to be well-rounded and heavily involved in extracurriculars. SMU has a very strong greek life as well. Joining a sorority has allowed me to meet some of my best friends on campus and make connections with alumna. The location of SMU is unbeatable. It is located in one of the most beautiful and most safe parts of Dallas. And Dallas is a vibrant city with amazing restaurants and a great night life. There is always something fun to do in Dallas.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love SMU! There is so many Californians and the transition into college was so easy for me.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: SMU is an amazing institution.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Highland Park is one of the nicest neighborhoods in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of short guys, but overall good. Depends what you're in to

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a very prominent part of campus. Very enjoyable for those who are involved in it, but can seem annoying to non-Greeks. Greek life isn't for everyone, but there are many Greek options for every type of student on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Great housing options in University Park/Highland Park.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You will never be bored!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Dallas is one of the best and most dynamic cities for food. Endless restaurant options and a huge variety of choices.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Love the administration. They are truly working to make all of our degrees worth a considerable value following graduation.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall, the food is good. Like any dining hall system. It gets tiring towards the end of the year, but once you learn how to pick and choose the good foods from each section, it will all work out.


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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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