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 6,240 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Methodist acceptance rate is 49%. Popular majors include Economics, Finance, and Accounting. Graduating 81% of students, Southern Methodist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,300.
Southern Methodist University Rankings
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- 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.89 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 responses
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- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.117 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.125 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses
Southern Methodist University Reviews
SMU is very well supported and connected. As a fine arts major, it helps to be near the center of the city where the arts scene is most active (as opposed to UTD, U of D, or UNT, which are a little more off the beaten path)... so location is a big plus! It's a bit homogenized, being located in the Park Cities; it has a high tuition (the "Ivy League" of the South) and draws from an affluent base, and it could benefit from greater diversity; but Meadows School of the Arts at SMU is better in that regard than some of the other programs/schools here. There are endless opportunities to get involved, and get funding for projects or learning opportunities that you're passionate about. I've been to Taos, NM and NYC with SMU, and I'm going to Poland later this year. They also helped me fund independent travel that supported my education and professional development: last year I went to a conference in PA and a workshop in NM. Overall, I've had a great experience!
SMU has provided a unique establishment of community in order for all students to feel welcome! However, the diversity presented within the school is quite low. There are sparse percentages of Latinos, Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians. Even though this is the case, the gradual enrollment of multiple international students does decrease the evident ethnic gap among students. Additonally, many of the teachers and remainder of the faculty are friendly and supportive for all students to succeed. With constant reminders regarding the A-LEC center and its workshops, students are free to ask questions from a variety of multiple disciplines to tutors who are readily available! Without a doubt, the student life at SMU is the best!
Loved my experience at SMU. I completed a graduate degree while I was working a full time job. The professors (with very little exception) were amazing. They really catered to working professionals. The best part of my experience was their job placement program. When I graduated, I was able to find a new job with Cisco. I am very thankful to this school! It’s well run and worth the investment!