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Diversity Profile

SMU’s academic rigor and world-class facilities attract exceptional students from around the world. Located in Dallas, Texas, one of the most important American cities for business, technology, and culture, SMU prepares students for leadership in their professions.

Be a world changer
Southern Methodist University is ranked in the top tier of national research universities by U.S.News & World Report. By drawing on the resources of Dallas, a larger-than-life city that’s a magnet of opportunity, SMU offers intellectually rigorous academics to our ambitious and motivated students. Our small classes are driven by personal attention from caring, experienced faculty mentors who will advance your academic goals and inspire you to dream big. Our vibrant campus is small enough for you to pursue a variety of academic disciplines and large enough to accommodate more than 100 majors and 85 minors. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies SMU as a university with “high research activity.” Here you will be surrounded by scholars in a student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe. You’ll participate in hands-on research, make connections with successful alumni, have access to world leaders, and position yourself for success in a variety of careers.

Schools of thought
SMU’s degree-granting schools for undergraduates:
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is the heart of the University and home to the humanities and social, natural, and mathematical sciences.

Cox School of Business equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to become business leaders. Major publications, including The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes, rank SMU Cox among the top business schools in the nation and world.

Lyle School of Engineering, recognized by College Factual as a top school for highest-paid engineering graduates, houses the Deason Innovation Gym, where students refine their engineering skills with real-world design challenges. Eighty-five percent of Lyle engineering graduates have had a job on graduation day for the past five years.

Meadows School of the Arts is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States for study in visual, performing, and communication arts, including interdisciplinary majors such as creative computing and fashion media.

Simmons School of Education and Human Development goes beyond preparing exemplary professionals in education and human development. Its applied physiology and sport management major prepares students for a future in sports, health, and fitness.

Beyond the classroom
Explore initiatives in the arts, research, internships, civic engagement, and study abroad. Dallas is a hub for internships—4,400 internships are offered by more than 1,000 Dallas-area businesses each year—and careers in a variety of industries. Apply for an Engaged Learning grant and work with a faculty mentor to solve real-world problems. Expand your academic horizons at SMU-in-Taos, our campus in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico, with credit courses during the summer.

Integrated living and learning
Our Residential Commons is an integrated academic and residential experience where students live alongside faculty mentors in a collaborative living and learning environment, fostering intellectual exchanges and personal growth.

A vibrant campus
There are 200 clubs and organizations spanning a variety of activities and more than 400 performances, concerts, and exhibits on campus during the school year. SMU’s environment of inclusivity fosters a deeper understanding of diversity. Signature programs implemented through the Office of Multicultural Affairs include REAL Talk, which gives students and other members of the SMU community an opportunity to discuss current, relevant events and the impact they have on diversity, equality, and social justice. From multicultural Greek life to student associations attracting members from around the globe, there are myriad ways to make your mark, meet new people, and develop leadership skills.

A community of scholars
At SMU we celebrate intellectual pursuits that transcend assignments and class discussions. Our honors communities enhance the academic experience for students selected on academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. Dedicated faculty members encourage scholarship in smaller class sizes. Community engagement includes service projects, leadership development, study abroad, and research projects.

Hilltop New Century Scholars Program
• 165 first-year students, representing top 20%
• High academic achievement
• Commitment to leadership and service

University Honors Program
• 150 first-year students, representing top 10%
• Demonstrated high academic achievement
• Seven courses enhancing the University Curriculum

The President’s Scholars Program and the Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program
• Our highest academic awards
• 25 President’s Scholars and 25 Hunt Scholars selected each year
• Opportunities to interact personally with world leaders through Tate Lecture Series
• Annual retreats at SMU-in-Taos
• Funding for study abroad experiences

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Rankings and Recognition
• Bloomberg Businessweek ranks SMU Cox School of Business #9 for academic quality, #11 for student satisfaction, and #21 in the United States.
• The Princeton Review ranks SMU #2 most beautiful campus, #7 for best quality of life, and #13 for best career services in the United States.
• Forbes ranks SMU #14 among the most entrepreneurial universities in the United States.
• The Dallas/Fort Worth area is #3 for job growth in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
• Dallas is #10 in Forbes’ list of America’s Coolest Cities, topping both New York and L.A.

TYPE OF UNIVERSITY: SMU is a nationally ranked, private comprehensive research university with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences located near the heart of Dallas. Like many leading American universities, SMU was founded by the United Methodist Church, although the University’s curriculum is secular.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 237-acre main campus in Dallas; 423-acre SMU-in-Taos campus in the mountains of Northern New Mexico

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: More than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven degree-granting schools

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 1,155 full- and part-time faculty; 11:1 student-faculty ratio

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: More than 100 majors and 85 minors; nationally recognized graduate and professional programs; explore areas of study at

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: First-year class represents 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia; 25% of first-year class from diverse ethnic backgrounds; 7% of first-year class from outside the United States

Tuition and Fees $  48,190
Average Room and Board $   15,650
Total (two terms)  $ 63,840

FINANCIAL AID: SMU’s many academic scholarships reward academic excellence. All applicants who apply by January 15 are automatically considered for academic scholarships; 75% of our incoming students receive academic– or need-based assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Need-based financial aid is available to U.S. and dual citizens as well as permanent residents.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: Official SAT I or ACT (no Writing test) scores are required for all U.S. citizens graduating from high schools inside or outside the United States. SMU superscores the highest Critical Reading and Math SAT sections, whereas the highest composite ACT score is used.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: November 1 for Early Action and Early Decision I or January 15 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II; application fee is $60.