Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

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A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, SMU is a distinguished center for global research and teaching.

SMU is a nationally ranked comprehensive research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty, and 12,000+ students in eight degree-granting schools demonstrate an enterprising spirit as they lead change in their professions, their communities, and the world. 

Be a world changer
Southern Methodist University is ranked in the top 20% of national 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 “higher research activity.” Here you will be surrounded by scholars from around the globe. You’ll participate in hands-on research, make connections with successful alumni, have access toworld leaders, and position yourself for success in a variety of careers. 

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study, and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem—paired with entrepreneurial drive—creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty, and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas—the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions—offers unique learning, research, social, and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.



Ranked in the top 20% of “Best National Universities” | U.S. News & World Report 2024


SMU alumni among the top 5% of highest-paid graduates across a range of fields | College Factual 2022


The Dallas area is named the #1 “Big City for Jobs” | Forbes

Quick Facts

234-acre main campus in Dallas; 423-acre SMU-in-Taos campus in the mountains of Northern New Mexico

Approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools

• The average class size is 22 students, and SMU has an 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

• 100+ majors students can choose from.

• 85+ minors students can choose from.

• 84% of full-time faculty who hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their fields.

• 74% of students receive scholarships and/or financial aid.

• 71% students graduate without debt.

SMU awarded more than $161 million in scholarships and grants last year.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The school pride and community are incredible at SMU. We are all proud to be Mustangs and genuinely love our school.”

    • Jake Greene
      Majors: Finance and Markets and Culture
      Minors: History
      Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
  • “SMU offers fantastic opportunities for students to connect with and contribute to the Dallas community. From internships to volunteering around the community, SMU students are welcomed with open arms.”

    • John David Clark
      Major: Finance
      Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
  • “SMU was my perfect decision. One of my favorite memories is giving a campus tour to SMU Board of Trustees Chair Robert H. Dedman, Jr.”

    • Abby Johnson
      Majors: Biology and Mathematics
      Minors: Chemistry
      Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • "I have been able to excel inside and outside of the classroom by not saying no to the challenges that have come up along the way. Additionally, my experiences at SMU and my internship have taught me that your title is just that, but the work you do is much greater."

    • Ian Perkins-Smith
      Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Physics
      Hometown: Richardson, Texas