Student Life

World Changers Shaped Here.

A nationally ranked private university, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located in the heart of Dallas. SMU's 11,000 students benefit from small classes, leadership opportunities, international study and innovative programs.

Cooper Centennial Fountain
Welcome to Dallas
Pop. 1,241,162

9th largest city in
United States

#4 on Forbes list of
"Coolest Cities"

6 professional
sports teams

Within 4 hours of
most U.S. cities

#1 visitor/leisure
destination in TX

Home to 45,000+
SMU Alumni

Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside Spain

McFarlin Auditorium has hosted many famous speakers, including Winston Churchhill and Martin Luther King Jr

On campus dining options include Chick-fil-A, Subway, and a full-service sushi restaurant

101 buildings on 234 acres

Founded in 1911 and opened in 1915


5 miles north of Downtown Dallas

Home to George W. Bush Presidential Center

The Dedman Center is a state-of-the-art fitness facility on campus, with basketball and volleyball courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and a rock-climbing wall.

The Hughes-Trigg Student Center features a 500-seat theater, 24-hour computer lab, hair salon, and the nation's largest and most sophisticated video game lounge.

Academic Excellence

Ranked among the best schools in the nation for producing CEOs by The New York Times Higher Education.

Ranked #15 among the nation's most entrepreneurial universities by Forbes Magazine.

An impressive 78% graduation rate for athletes, compared to the national Division-1 average of 58%.

Ranked in the top 25% of the "Best National Universities" in U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Bloomberg Business ranked SMU's Business Executive MBA program #3 in the world.

The Economist ranks the Cox School of Business #7 in the world for "Potential to Network".

SMU students, faculty and alumni are changing the world through their chosen fields, civic engagement and service to society.

Inside Dallas Hall
Campus Culture

Total enrollment of 11,000 students, representing all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries.

Average class size is 22 students, allowing for more opportunities to collaborate with a professor.

Students have access to 150 study abroad programs in 50 different countries.

SMU is strengthened by its partnership with the Dallas region, a global center of commerce and culture.

Nearly 200 student organizations available, including 28 national fraternities and sororities.

300,000+ people visit SMU annually for performances, concerts and exhibits.