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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Highland Park is one of the nicest neighborhoods in the country.

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.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Theres lots to do but mainly if your over 21

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Dallas is incredible! The nightlife is awesome, there are so many restaurants and great shopping! SMU is the premiere school for Dallas businesses and companies to pull interns from so there are unreal intern opportunities and you are only competition is the fellow SMU students, so you are competing against maybe 5 people for a spot instead of 500.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Dallas has so much to offer outside of the college environment. Great night life, culture, sports. Business community is very supportive of students.


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To the non-Dallasonian, this city may seem like nothing but tall cowboy boots and hats. But, if anything, Dallas breeds sophisticated cowboys. When I say cowboys, I am not referring to the ones that ride horses and chew on hay; I am alluding to the polite and sociable ones. By the time you are ready to graduate, you will have the best handle on the ins and outs of the city; however, at that point, it will be time for your departure. But for now, you have four years to explore. SMU is located in the midst of the Park Cities, which is comprised of University Park and Highland Park. Both areas are the wealthiest ones in Dallas. The best aspect of this area is its safety. The community is one similar to Pleasantville, where everyone knows everyone. And it is true, there is something here for everyone. The neatest thing about Dallas is that it features live music every night of the week, most of which will be found in Deep Ellum. The museums and Fair Park constantly feature new works of art.

There is always something to do, and everything is at your fingertips-if you have a car. The shopping and dining scenes in Dallas are among the most prestigious places in the nation (San Francisco, New York, Miami, Beverly Hills). Dallas is the home of several top sports teams. Not only do you have the best of what's around, but if you're low on cash, you can still find something amusing to do on any given day. White Rock Lake is a mere five minutes from campus if you're in the mood for a bike ride or a jog. Of course, everyone is aware of the crime rate here. Just as with any other urban city, the best thing to do is to use common sense. Do not embark on a journey into new territory unless it is with a friend. With all that said, I am still finding little treasures in the most remote parts of the city.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Dallas ranks as the ninth largest city in the U.S.
  2. The State Fair of Texas has been held every year since 1886 in the same location: Fair Park.
  3. Dallas, the television show that ran for 13 years, featured the Dallas area.
  4. CBS's Walker Texas Ranger, was filmed in Dallas.
  5. With more than 13,000 births per year, the Dallas Parkland Hospital System is the largest birthing center in the country. Oooh, baby!
Notable Natives
  • Jensen Ackles
  • Erykah Badu
  • Ernie Banks
  • Clyde Barrow
  • William Ramsey Clark
  • Emily Erwin
  • Martie Erwin
  • Morgan Fairchild
  • Melinda Gates
  • Peri Gilpin
  • Angie Harmon
  • Norah Jones
  • George McFarland
  • Meatloaf
  • Tracy Needham
  • Aaron Spelling
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Owen Wilson
  • Robin Wright
Local Slang
  • Blows: Another word for sucks or stinks; "this blows"
  • Fixin': Southern way of saying "about to" or "fixing to"
  • Izzle: This is attached to everything, mostly by guys
  • Ya'll: Southern way of saying "you all" or "you guys"
Points of Interest
  • American Airlines Center
  • Ameriquest Field
  • The Dallas Museum of Art
  • The Dallas World Aquarium
  • Hurricane Harbor
  • Lone Star Park
  • The Meyerson
  • Music Hall at Fair Park
  • Six Flags over Texas
  • Smirnoff Music Centre
  • The Texas Motor Speedway
Shopping Centers
  • The Galleria
  • Highland Park Village
  • Mockingbird Station
  • NorthPark Center
  • Preston Center
  • West Village
Movie Theaters
AMC Northpark
8687 N. Central Expressway
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.
(214) 841-4700
Movie Theaters
Cinemark 17
11819 Webb Chapel
(972) 247-8172
Movie Theaters
Loews At Cityplace
2600 N. Haskell Ave.
(214) 828-6008
Movie Theaters
The Magnolia at West Village
3699 E. McKinney Ave.
(214) 764-9106
Movie Theaters
Regent at Highland Park Village
32 Highland Park Village
(214) 526-9668
Major Sports Teams
  • Dallas Burn: soccer
  • Dallas Cowboys: football
  • Dallas Stars: hockey
  • Texas Rangers: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Austin: TX: 3 hours
  • Houston: TX: 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 66 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 67 responses

  • 91% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 66 responses

  • 21% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 68% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 68 responses

  • 68% Totally.
  • 29% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 3% No way.



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