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SMU Facts

Student Life

Residence Life

Nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students live in 14 residence halls and the SMU Service House, home to 28 students. SMU’s new Residential Commons Complex, scheduled to open in fall 2014, consists of five residence halls, a dining facility and a parking center. The complex will enable SMU to implement a residency requirement for sophomores along with first-year students. The halls will include classrooms and accommodations for live-in faculty members.


Students gain leadership experience through 180 campus organizations. A student serves as a voting member of the SMU Board of Trustees, and others serve on board committees.

Engaged Learning

Undergraduate students participate in scholarly research, civic engagement, professional internships and creative activity related to education goals.


Nearly 3,000 undergraduate volunteers serve annually through approximately 70 nonprofit agencies.
Students also participate in Alternative Break national service projects.

Global Learning

Students have access to 150 study abroad programs in 50 countries, in addition to research and service projects abroad.

Greek Participation

Approximately 2,400 students are members of sororities and fraternities.

SMU Adventures Blog

At SMU Adventures, students and faculty create online chronicles of their experiences conducting research, studying abroad and serving communities around the globe.