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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our campus is probably 90% white. Not sure how the minorities feel, but I find they mostly keep to themselves.

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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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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being a minority myself, I don't feel very welcomed or accepted on campus. It can be hard to find a place to fit in, but once you do it's great.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The rumors about SMU are basically true. The overwhelming majority of students are wealthy, white, conservative, and incredibly attractive. If you're a liberal, be prepared to feel completely out of place unless you're in the Meadows school. SMU worships George Bush, so if you say anything bad about him, you'll probably be expelled. If you're poor, you will also feel fairly out of place. If you think you're rich, you'll realize you probably aren't when you meet some of the money that goes here. Your roommate's dad is most likely going to be the CEO of a Fortune 500, and that's not even an exaggeration. You'll be hard pressed to find a minority around SMU. With that being said, this isn't Ole Miss. There are no clan rallies or blatant racism. It's just a bunch of white kids who have only been around other white kids their whole lives, so they don't make an effort to accept diversity. The campus is very heterosexual - there's an LGBT office and all that, but everyone treats it like it's a joke. Again, no one really cares if you're gay, but you won't find many other gay people. Religious beliefs are almost exclusively Christian, but I'm sure there's plenty of Jews too. Not many Muslims or Hindus. If you don't care about diversity, SMU is the place for you. In fact, it's not uncommon for students to take pride in how homogeneous SMU is. But you'll be annoyed every day with SMU's attempts at changing the stereotypes. They go out of their way with useless events like "Turban Day" that only further prove that there's only white kids here. At Mustang Corral (orientation basically) they do this exercise that's meant to show how diverse everyone is, but it really backfires and the one or two minorities feel really uncomfortable.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many racist people here, and lgbt is not something that is openly supported. This year, during student elections the student body voted against an lgbt comity.

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SMU thrives on its aesthetically-pleasing campus, excellent programs, small classes, and superb funding. The main focus of this school does not revolve around racial diversity. Minorities exist, but they are more difficult to spot than Caucasian students. Most minorities tend to join groups affiliated with their same racial background. In a sense, the school segregates these groups unintentionally. SMU has opened the door for student organizations, and attempts to make each of these groups comfortable. However, in the big picture, these organizations are, perhaps, both a plus and a minus. The best location to find minorities is on the third floor of the student center. Getting involved on campus is a great way to facilitate diversity.

Many students tend to join an organization of some sort within their freshman year, simply to find others that are similar to themselves and foster the same atmosphere they had at home. On the other hand, after a student becomes involved in that particular organization, it becomes more difficult for him or her to branch out of their comfort zone.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 17%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The student body in general is mildly accepting of SMU’s small gay population. The gay community is widely accepted in the Meadows School of the Arts. Acceptance has yet to be fully incorporated by the rest of the campus.
Political Activity
SMU is becoming more political every year. With new student organizations such as Amnesty International and Democracy Matters, students are breaking the "SMU bubble" by speaking out for what they believe. Most of the students are conservative in nature as well as political views and background. There are many liberals—however, conservatives outnumber them.
Economic Status
Most SMU students come from upper- and upper-middle-class economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
About 64 percent of Fall 2007 undergrads and 50 percent of grad students reported a religious affiliation. Nearly 23 percent of all students reporting a preference were Roman Catholic, and 21 percent were Methodist. Also represented are other Protestant affiliations, as well as religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The multicultural organizations on campus are somewhat recognizable, but they do not receive the same amount of attention as Greek Life or Christian groups. There are sixteen multicultural organizations, such as the Asian Council, College Hispanic American Students, Turkish Student Association, and the Association of Black Students. Each group sponsors activities in the student center.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 88% No
  • 6% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 6% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 51 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 16% Very conservative
  • 12% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 51 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 8% Liberal
  • 10% Moderate
  • 33% Conservative
  • 41% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 51 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 51 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 69% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 12% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 19% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 16 responses

  • 69% Republican
  • 6% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 25% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 69% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 6% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 19% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 6% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 38% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 44% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 19% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 16 responses

  • 19% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 6% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 44% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 31% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 52 responses

  • 23% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 25% It's hard to be a minority here.
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