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SMU Facts

SMU Facts



The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies SMU as a university with "higher research activity."


SMU faculty members have been recognized by election to prestigious organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.


SMU conducts research in the sciences, engineering and education on topics such as dark matter and the Higgs boson, geothermal energy, natural hazards, climate change, water quality, cyber security, data analytics, learning disabilities, human performance, immigration and treatments for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, anxiety and depression.

Sites and Facilities

SMU research is conducted throughout the United States and worldwide. Facilities at SMU include well-equipped laboratories, outstanding libraries and one of the most powerful university supercomputers in the country.


SMU received $19.9 million in external funding for projects during 2012–13 from the National Science Foundation; National Institutes of Health; departments of Defense, Education and Energy; foundations; and private industry.

Student Research

SMU offers a total of 27 doctoral degrees in the sciences, engineering, humanities, education, law and theology. Undergraduate research participation is funded through the Engaged Learning and Big iDeas programs.