Southern Methodist University

1,338 reviews
  1. Dallas, TX
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
Southern Methodist University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
Address
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275
Website

Southern Methodist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
SAT Range
1220-1400
ACT Range
28-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$34,189/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,936/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,741/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,708/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,062/ year
  • $110k+
    $41,679/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.76 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,193Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Work hard Play hard
    32%
  • Rich
    17%
  • Hot, smart, rich, rude, work hard play hard
    13%
  • High achievers & entitled
    11%
  • High acheiving
    9%
  • White, upper-middle class, not street-smart at all
    9%
  • Different
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.104 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Work hard, play hard
    31%
  • Growing
    20%
  • Fratty
    18%
  • Lavish
    10%
  • A lot of cliques
    6%
  • Engage yourself
    6%
  • Interesting
    4%

After Southern Methodist University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses

Reviews

1,338 reviews
  • Excellent
    370
  • Very Good
    461
  • Average
    391
  • Poor
    90
  • Terrible
    26
Looking back, I wouldn't have chosen to go anywhere else! There are things I would change about SMU, but it is already changing so much every year and improving. Campus life is severely lacking, but the new freshman dorms are helping to change that. SMU's professors are some of the best! They are easy-going, smart, dedicated and very accessible. Small class sizes were very important to me and SMU has that. Also, don't believe anyone when they tell you SMU isn't accepting. Yes, the students are somewhat conservative, politically, but they aren't hateful people. SMU's location is Dallas is very valuable for internships and post-grad employment as well, not to mention how fun it is just to live there.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • 10 months ago
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.

CONS:

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.

PROS:

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!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Nov 9 2015
SMU has tons of unique qualities that set it ABOVE other schools. First, there's boulevarding, which is really tailgating before football games, but SMU takes tailgating to a whole other level! Boulevarding is so much fun and everyone wears either red or white depending on what type of "color-out" it is. All the girls wear dresses and cowboy boots and there's so many tents and free food everyone, among other things like the music blasting from the frat and sorority tents. SMU also has tons of opportunities within Dallas for students to get internships and career experience. And the best part is that SMU really prepares you to make connections because of the alum, and certain places look to SMU to find new employees. As a freshman there are so many different scholar programs such as Hilltop, New Century, and Honors.
  • College Freshman
  • Oct 10 2013