Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade A
- Valuegrade A
- Diversitygrade A minus
- Campusgrade A
- Athleticsgrade A
- Party Scenegrade A+
- Professorsgrade A+
- Locationgrade A+
- Dormsgrade A minus
- Campus Foodgrade A minus
- Student Lifegrade A+
- Safetygrade B
Southern Methodist is a highly rated private, Christian university located in University Park, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,519 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Methodist acceptance rate is 47%. Popular majors include Finance, Economics, and Accounting. Graduating 81% of students, Southern Methodist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,300.
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$40,404 / year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$34,084 / year
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 72 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 93 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 93 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Finance250 Graduates
- Economics185 Graduates
- Accounting98 Graduates
- Mathematics93 Graduates
- Biology85 Graduates
- Psychology82 Graduates
- Sport and Fitness Management79 Graduates
- Marketing69 Graduates
- Mechanical Engineering63 Graduates
- Public Relations53 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 63 responses
- Work hard Play hard25%
- Hot, smart, rich, rude, work hard play hard14%
- High acheiving10%
- White, upper-middle class, not street-smart at all10%
- High achievers & entitled8%
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big. 121 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 129 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
- Work hard, play hard34%
- Engage yourself7%
- A lot of cliques6%
- Word working, fun loving smart kids4%
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,700 / year
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 50 responses
Colleges like Southern Methodist University
- grade A minusSouthwestern University
- 4 Year
- Georgetown, TX
- Rating 3.67 out of 5 558 reviews
- grade A minusUniversity of Dallas
- 4 Year
- Irving, TX
- Rating 3.76 out of 5 483 reviews
- grade B+Austin College
- 4 Year
- Sherman, TX
- Rating 3.47 out of 5 833 reviews
- grade B minusHouston Baptist University
- 4 Year
- Houston, TX
- Rating 3.75 out of 5 850 reviews
Southern Methodist University Reviews
Rating 3.83 out of 5 1,499 reviews
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I graduated in May, so my last semester was during the transition period. No one knew how to handle the situation and honestly, no one truly knows now. There was a huge disconnect among students and teachers because the lines between work + play were blurring. Bedrooms became classrooms and in-person interaction was deemed as dangerous. It was a weird time (and still is). The teachers were accommodating and the school offered many outlets to connect with your teachers, librarians, clubs, research sites, etc. The lazy ones or those who can't "do" change can't survive this. Sorry! I am a person who values human interaction and studies consumer behavior, BUT You just have to be creative in your approach and really focus on time management.
When I arrived freshman year, I did not know ANYONE- I was the only person from my hometown and 1:15 from my entire state! I had a brief transition month where I was trying to find my way but overall, I felt everyone was warm and welcoming, eager to make new friends. Because SMU is so small, you start to see that people clique up into small groups based on their sorority/fraternity/club/major/activities. But by senior year, those walls got broken down. Even though cliques and small groups exist, it is not a closed membership experience- everyone is welcoming and seeing people on campus or at a bar is exciting and engaging. Of course, you have the people who think they are superior and will be stand-offish and rude... but that is every college. AND those people are the social-climbers who are insecure. SparkNotes version of this post: I had a huge group of true and amazing friends, excellent relationships with my professors, and a driven, work hard/play hard environment. GO HERE!
The professors have done an excellent job adapting! SMU offers fully in-person classes for classes that can safely hold their student capacity in a room, but they also offer SMU-FLEX classes, where students alternate the days they go in-person and the days they attend class online. Furthermore, SMU offers many classes completely remotely and online.