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Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas
The Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building with the Centennial Quadrangle in the foreground credit: Yelpet
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Overview
Private not-for-profit
6,296 Undergraduates
49% Admissions Rate
Suburb: Large
Private
Expensive
Region: South
Division 1
Size: Small
Doctoral
Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, Texas
75275-0221
(214) 768-2000
www.smu.edu

Southern Methodist University, located in the metropolitan Dallas, Texas area, is a private research university and one of the top 70 schools in the U.S. The Methodist Episcopal Church, South founded the school in 1911, and it officially opened its doors in 1915. Its campus size is 237 acres, and is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Policy Institute and offices for the George W. Bush Foundation. Meadows Museum, located on the SMU campus, hosts the largest collection of Spanish art outside of Spain. The school also has nine libraries, and the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest region. The school’s motto is “The truth will make you free.” Notable alumni include Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, football player Doak Walker, Kourtney Kardashian, actress Kathy Bates, producer Aaron Spelling and American playwright Beth Henley. The school’s colors are SMU red and SMU blue, and its mascot is Peruna, a Shetland pony. Its sporting affiliation is NCAA Division I – AAC, and varsity sports offered include men’s basketball, cross country, equestrian, baseball and football, and women’s basketball, equestrian, tennis and soccer. The teams are called the Mustangs.

Location

Dallas is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, which is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city's population ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. More from Wikipedia...

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coffee score

90

restaurants score

Students
50%

Men

50%

Women

21

Average Age of Entering Students

99%

Live On Campus

280

New Transfer Students

Admissions
49%

Acceptance Rate

23%

Enrollment Yield

1220-1410

SAT Range

13,250

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$37,499

Typical Cost

$52,498

Average Tuition

73%

Recieve Financial Aid

89%

Have Loans

$18,750

Median Debt

Academics
11.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

20

National Merit Students

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

86

Doctorates Awareded

Economics

Top Major

5

Faculty Awards

3

National Academy Members

25

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, over 200 to choose from

Greek Life:

Important, 43 percent of students participate

Party Scene:

Notable, known as a party school
Athletics
Football Conference:

American Athletic Conference

Basketball Conference:

American Athletic Conference

Track & Field Conference:

American Athletic Conference

Football Division:

1

Basketball Division:

1

Track Division:

1

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