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.