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Reviews 1291 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: It is over the top, lots of rich kids and they are not very friendly to those that are not involved in Greek life.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am a transfer and find myself lost in the crowd a lot.

4 College Junior

Athletics: They are a huge deal on our campus

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only one complaint- wish rush wasn't second semester and that it was earlier in the year like most other schools. Other than that greek life is amazing here, definitely join.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not doing too well in football or else sports would play a much bigger role. A lot of support and focus placed on our basketball team.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's great, it has everything you could possibly need and it really sets you up with so many great connections, its impossible to not secure a job or internship. Great weather, great shopping, great restaurants- Dallas is an amazing city. Greek life is huge at the school so definitely join in on it, its awesome and provides an insane social life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice, but I wish that sophomores didn't also have to live in the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is important if you want to attend parties

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sometimes people go to watch games but not always

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: SMU is a very fun college for students

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't have much of a say on the party scene, I only go to the frat parties once or twice a month

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're into the party scene, there is always at least two different things going on on nearly any given night Wednesday to Saturday

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors know what they are teaching and more. With this in mind, they do not give you much room to slack off and expect you to put a good amount of effort into the class in order to grow as a student and earn the grades you are looking for

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The people I surround myself with are accepting, yet you look on anonymous social media (i.e., Yik Yak) and see a variety of intolerable comments, therefore I believe the acceptance of SMU's diversity is mixed

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone knows someone who does or has done drugs beyond alcohol and marijuana

3 College Freshman

Diversity: A fair variety of diverse backgrounds/beliefs on campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: SMU takes drug/alcohol use very seriously. It is addressed at orientation and then throughout the year in the residence halls.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: SMU is an accepting campus. I am gay and never felt left-out at all but I also love SMU and embrace it! The real animosity is between conservatives and liberals, people who don't get involved or people who attend SMU but wish they were somewhere else.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Every school faces these issues and SMU is no different. If you want it, it's there. If you don't, you will find a community of like-minded people. The drug use at SMU is exaggerated but you will probably encounter illegal drugs at one party.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: SMU goes way out of their way to address sexual assaults, drugs and alcohol.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived in Virginia-Snyder and did not enjoy it. I did not fit in there and was not in the honors program. I would prefer to be in McElvaney with more of the class. Nowadays, all the freshmen live together in the Armstrong Commons so this isn't an issue.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I pledged a fraternity but dropped before the end of the semester. It wasn't for me and while I wish it had worked out, I don't regret my decision. I made plenty of friends and had fun on my own.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: 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.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Our football team sucks, but they really are making progress. Hard to recover from the death penalty. However, tailgating is really fun and more and more students attend games every year. Basketball, of course, is our best sport and lots of students attend those games.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are interesting and professors try to show how their course may be applicable in your future and career. The professors are engaged and enjoy their subjects. It is easy to talk to and even establish a more personal student-professor relationship that will benefit you in the curriculum, life, and career.


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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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