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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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3 College Freshman

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

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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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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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
6%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
11%
International
8%
Native American
0%
White
65%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
59%
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
37%
Male Faculty
63%
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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 15% Very conservative
  • 13% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 73 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 7% Liberal
  • 12% Moderate
  • 38% Conservative
  • 32% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 73 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 38 responses

  • 50% Republican
  • 18% Democratic
  • 5% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 26% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 36% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 14% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 21% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 26% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 8% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 55 responses

  • 24% Very accepting.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 24% It's hard to be a minority here.
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