SMU is on a 234-acre campus in the urban setting of Dallas, Texas, not far from Dallas-Fort Worth.
There are many activities and organizations for SMU students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? SMU has fraternities and sororities.
SMU has the Program Council. In fact, more students participate in the Program Council than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at SMU include Student Senate, Student Foundation, Residence Hall Association and SPARC (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility, and Citizenship).
SMU students' favorite campus traditions are Homecoming, Sing Song and Mane Event (all-school block party).
This table offers information on housing at SMU.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for sophomore|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||52%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||48%|
SMU offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
The majority of SMU students live on campus. In 2022, 52% of undergrads at SMU lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 48% of students lived off-campus or commuted to SMU. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
SMU offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
At SMU there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at SMU:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Cheerleading||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams||√||√|
|Fencing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
Southern Methodist University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The SMU campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.
SMU offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit SMU, take U.S. Highway 75 to Dallas, TX. If you need to fly, book your flight to Dallas-Fort Worth International airport.
Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore SMU's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour
Choose one of the options below to find out more about about SMU:
Join the conversation about about SMU in the College Confidential forums.
Non-Resident / International Students
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
Tuition and Fees
Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!