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Colleges / Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate53%
Acceptance Rate53%

SMU Student Life

SMU is on a 234-acre campus in the urban setting of Dallas, Texas, not far from Dallas-Fort Worth.

SMU Student Activities

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).

Does SMU Offer Student Housing?

This table offers information on housing at SMU.

Housing Options Offered? Details
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.

SMU Athletics

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

Safety at SMU

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.

Plan a Visit to SMU

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.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Texas you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore SMU's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About SMU

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SMU Students

49%

Women

51%

Men

97%

Full Time

3%

Part Time

46%

In State

54%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

63%

14%

8%

5%

4%

4%

1%

0.25%

0.04%

Undergraduate Students

6,908

Graduate Students

5,477

Non-Resident / International Students

303

SMU Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

12,385

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

53%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,980

Out-of-State

$61,980

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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