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Rankings & Recognition

  • The Guildhall #2

    The Princeton Review ranks The Guildhall at SMU #2 for the best graduate game-design program.

  • Top Alumni Network

    The Princeton Review ranks SMU #6 for internship opportunities and #13 for alumni network

  • #6 Dance School

    SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts ranks #6 on the list of 10 Best Colleges for Dance Performance in the U.S. compiled by

  • SMU #2 in Texas

    U.S. News & World Report ranked SMU 2nd in Texas in its comparison of 310 colleges and universities.

  • SMU #7

    The Princeton Review ranks SMU 14th on its list of the nation’s most beautiful campuses, according to "The Best 381 Colleges."

  • SMU #11

    The Princeton Review ranks SMU #11 for Best Quality of Life.


America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities

Forbes ranks SMU #14 among "America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities." SMU is the only Texas university in the Top 20. Read more.

2016/17 Best Colleges

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranks SMU #56 out of 220 best national universities, the second highest ranking in Texas.

Top 15% Worldwide

The Center for World University Rankings once again this year placed SMU among the top 15 percent of 1,000 universities ranked worldwide, including top 3% for alumni employment. Read more.

SMU — Most Beautiful Campus and More

The Princeton Review ranks SMU as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education in "The Best 381 Colleges." SMU placed in the Top 20 for Best Alumni Network (#13), Top Internship Opportunities (#6), Most Beautiful Campus (#14), Best Quality of Life (#11), and Lots of Greek Life (#3).

Best Texas Colleges

SMU was ranked #3 in Texas (out of 60) by College Factual, whose rankings are highly focused on outcomes, including graduation rates, high salaries for graduates and low student loan default rates. Full rankings here.


Cox School of Business

Top 10 ranks Business Schools in Texas

FIND MBA lists SMU’s full-time MBA program as a top business school for careers in real estate, energy and corporate finance

Cox MBA ranks #10 in the World

The Cox MBA finance program ranks #10 in the world in the 2015 Financial Times. The ranking is based on 2011 graduates’ ratings of their programs. Read more.

Best Schools for Investment Bankers

LinkedIn analyzed millions of alumni profiles to identify the percentage of alumni who have landed investment-banking jobs at top investment companies. SMU ranked #25 nationally, with 70,800 students on LinkedIn.

Best Business Schools for Return on Investment

Forbes ranks SMU Cox #31 in the nation in its biennial ROI rankings of best business schools for MBA return on investment in fall 2013. The magazine’s next ROI rankings will be released in fall 2015.

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Ten Colleges with the Highest-paid Psychology Graduates

College Factual cited SMU’s small class sizes and research focus, among other factors. Psychology graduates at SMU have the potential to earn the highest mid-career average salary of $109,000. SMU also is ranked as the third best university in Texas.

Dedman School of Law

Best Law Schools for Employment

  • The Huffington Post: Best Law Schools for Employment
    Dedman School of Law ranked #18 in its July 2014 feature on the best law schools for employment based on the School’s 93.2% employment rate for the Class of 2012, according to The National Law Journal.

  • The National Law Journal: Class of 2013 Employment and Percentage at Top 250 Law Firms
    Dedman ranked #22 for graduates of the Class of 2013 employed in long-term, full-time jobs requiring bar passage. SMU ranked #26 among law schools that placed the highest percentage of their Class of 2013 into jobs at the nation’s top 250 law firms.

  • Above the Law: Top 50 Law Schools 2014
    Dedman ranked #25 in its list of the Top 50 Law Schools 2014 based on five factors weighted toward job placement.

  • U.S. News & World Report: Best Law Schools
    Dedman School of Law ranks #46 among 198 accredited law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Guildhall

Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2015

The Princeton Review ranks The Guildhall at SMU #2 in its annual report on the best graduate game-design programs for the third year in a row. Read more.

Lyle School of Engineering

Best Online Engineering Degrees, created by students, ranks Lyle School of Engineering #1.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education

Lyle School of Engineering received a new designation for cyber security. The University has been re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education through 2021.

The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the academic program, which works to reduce the vulnerability of national information by encouraging higher education and research. SMU first received the designation in 2006.

Meadows School of the Arts

10 Best Colleges for Dance Performance in the U.S.

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts ranks #6 on the list of 10 Best Colleges for Dance Performance in the U.S., compiled by It cites SMU’s strong academic program and excellent training in ballet and jazz, calling it "a premier college for aspiring performers throughout the globe."

Best Music Programs in the U.S.

SMU's music program ranks best in the nation by U.S. by College Factual, as published in USA Today College. College Factual cites Meadows School of the Arts for its financial aid, number of music majors, individual attention to students and focus on "fostering artists' abilities as both musicians and community influencers in a concentrated environment."