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Reviews 1433 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I love Dallas! Highland Park is a little snobby, but it is very pretty and Dallas is a great city.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Very large amount of preppy and rich girls and guys. Appearances and social status are big. Lots of pressure to fit in, almost like an oversized high school.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's difficult to get into a "good" sorority without knowing someone already in that sorority. Therefore, if you're planning on rushing, go to the events during Fall semester and make friends with the members. The fraternities are all pretty similar and there are a fair amount of douchey frat boys in them.

2 College Junior

Athletics: The football team is atrocious and no one goes to the games. School spirit has raised a little with our good basketball team, but is still pretty dismal.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you want to live in walking distance of campus at a decent place, it's going to be expensive. Start looking for a place to live as early as possible, as the good ones fill up fast.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dallas is an amazing restaurant city, although a lot of restaurants are pricey. Always ask if they have a student discount, especially for the ones close to SMU!

3 College Junior

Administration: Campus police honestly do not have enough to do in Highland Park and therefore just go out of their way looking to give MIPs or speeding tickets. I'm sure they'd be helpful in an actual emergency, but mostly they're just irritating. Alcohol strictness in the dorms depends on your RA, but if it's reported you usually get an alcohol violation and have to go to counseling at the health center.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There's always a party going on, it just depends on if it's your type of party. Frat parties get pretty boring after a while with the same old thing going on and the same drunk people. Still, you can find friends to just go out and have a good time with without getting wasted!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: SMU is really expensive, but they're usually pretty good at giving need-based financial aid. I received a substantial academic scholarship that's helped too. Still, tuition is steep even with scholarships.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The meal plan is definitely better than other colleges I've visited and there a ton of options on Hillcrest and in Snyder Plaza, although some of them are pricey.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't know much about the new dorms, but the old ones have huge disparities between their quality. Boaz, the party dorm, has incredibly tiny rooms and is pretty grimy, while Shuttles is practically a palace. The housing lottery is pretty random and it's really a tossup what you get.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a variety of apartment complexes close to SMU, providing a range of prices and housing options. A bus goes from the apartments to campus every fifteen minutes.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SMU is in the heart of downtown Dallas, which has become very cosmopolitan in the last few years. You can find almost any kind of restaurant within a few miles' radius of the school.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Policies usually are not overbearing, but there is enough law enforcement/police presence to feel safe on campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: All the fraternities have an absurd amount of money, so the prevalence and quality of parties is pretty fantastic. If you are the type to party, you can find something going on every week Thursday night through Saturday night/Sunday.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but I was automatically considered for all merit scholarships based on my SMU application.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is always high quality, and menus posted online make it easy to decide on healthy meals ahead of time. There's a lot of rotation in the food prepared so that nothing gets too monotonous. The dining halls close early on Fridays and weekends, but Mac's Place and restaurants in the vicinity of campus (Snider Plaza) are open late so food is always available.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is relatively expensive, but many of the dorm buildings are brand new, and the university goes to great lengths to create a sense of community within the residential commons. The only drawback is that individuals can't choose which building to live in, and can only apply to switch at the end of the semester. Additionally, all students are required to live in the dorms for their first two years.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I still live in the dorms so I'm not very sure about anything regarding living off campus

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many restaurants near the school. Dallas has a great variety of food and there's always something new to try!

3 College Freshman

Administration: Basically if you have a nice RA, you won't really get in to trouble. Most of them are pretty nice and understanding. The campus police are very strict however and love to give out alcohol violations

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Every night I go out I end up meeting a bunch of new people. There is always something to do, even on a Monday.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Although I did receive a substantial amount of financial aid, I had a very hard time dealing with it. After multiple attempts of trying to get ahold of someone to help with financial aid, I hardly got the amount that I feel I deserve.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at Umphrey Lee is usually very good but I wish Arnold served better food. Even though Arnold says they are open until 10 on some nights, they always stop serving food at like 8 and the only food available is sandwiches, which get very old after having them EVERY SINGLE DAY. They also should serve breakfast food longer. The breakfast food is the best part, however, they stop serving it at 10 o'clock.

I also think that Flex dollars should be able to spent off campus like Pony can.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although the dorms are very nice, I wish that I could live off campus next year. I wish that I did not have to get a meal plan as I eat out a lot of the time anyways and meal plans are very expensive. The housing process is easy and I found the best roommate.

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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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