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Southern Methodist University, or SMU, is a private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas. It was established in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal and is owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. It consistently ranks among the top three national universities in U. S. News and World Report's annual guidebook, America's Best Colleges. SMU offers an array of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics. It has seven degree-granting academic divisions. They are:
  • Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Cox School of Business
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Dedman School of Law
  • Lyle School of Engineering
  • Meadows School of the Arts
  • Perkins School of Theology
SMU's athletic teams are nicknamed the Mustangs. They participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football) as a member of Conference USA (C-USA).

Profile of Southern Methodist UniversitySMU is located in a large city, in Dallas, TX. The school is officially a United Methodist school. SMU is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at the school top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from SMU is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Students at the school often study engineering, music, media, and business and management.

SMU Selectivity

The admissions department at SMU does not accept all those who apply. In 2007, 50% of applicants were rejected at the school. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 560 to 660 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 670 or higher on the math SAT.

Students at the school benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

SMU offers classes to 10, 829 students (9, 118 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
The school serves primarily full-time students. SMU does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Conference USA competitions. SMU Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management845finance, business management, accounting, marketing, financial planning, entrepreneurship, management science, MIS, . . .
Liberal Arts642economics, liberal arts and sciences, English, political science, peace and conflict resolution, history, anthropology, sociology, . . .
Engineering330systems engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, operations research, civil engineering, various engineering courses, environmental engineering, . . .
Law263law, foreign lawyers, tax law, US law
Media253advertising, public relations, journalism, animation and special effects, radio and television, mass communication
Therapy and Counselling137psychology, clinical psychology, music therapy
Computer Science and Engineering129software engineering, computer science, computer services management, computer engineering, information technology
Religion and Philosophy113ministry, theology, religion, philosophy, religious music
Education and Teaching97education courses, education of learning disabled, multilingual education, music teaching, education, special ed
Science84biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, geology, geophysics
Music77music performance, voice, music, conducting, piano, music theory and composition
Engineering Technician67telecommunications tech, drafting and design tech, hazardous materials tech
Fine Arts62art history and criticism, fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts50dance, drama
Mathematics43mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics, applied mathematics
Real Estate and Construction Management22real estate
Photography and Commercial Art19film studies, cinematography
Family and Social Work11facilities management, public policy analysis
Art Studies3arts management
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies, environmental science
Contact: SMUSouthern Methodist University

6425 Boaz St

Dallas, TX 75275-0221

General Phone: (214) 768-2000


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