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Big on Business


Female StudentBusiness runs deep in Dallas’ DNA, from its founding in 1841 as a center of commerce in the region to its present stature as a global hub for finance, banking, technology, health care and other industries.

SMU and Dallas offer world-class preparation for a successful career. The Princeton Review ranks SMU No. 8 for best career services. Dallas’ position as an international business and cultural center has enhanced SMU’s ability to attract and retain top faculty and students, making SMU a nationally prominent university with a global reach. Our students have the skills and the preparation to pursue their passion and change the world from any corner of the globe.


As an SMU student, you learn in a close-knit community with small classes while being surrounded by the excitement that comes with a city on the move. Tap into the energy of the Dallas-Fort Worth region, the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area and home to about 6.5 million people. Dallas is on track to become the third- largest metropolitan area, increasing the wealth of opportunities for a successful career after college.



Male StudentCareer preparation with national scope begins right here in Dallas.

  • Temerlin Advertising Institute students at the Meadows School land internships at prominent agencies.
  • Dallas counts Southwest Airlines and a slew of other big-name corporations as great places to launch.
  • At Kitt Investing and Trading Center, Cox School of Business students invest a portfolio valued at more than $2 million.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek ranks SMU’s Cox School of Business No. 4 for business law, No. 8 for schools for geniuses, No. 8 for best accounting program, No. 10 for student satisfaction and No. 30 in the nation.


Industry LogosDallas has nearly 20 Fortune 500 companies. SMU students in every discipline have access to networks of professional connections in Dallas’ business-friendly environment through 4,400 internships in the region as well as work-study opportunities. Most of our students graduate with professional experience from internships or co-ops. Many among the 44,000 SMU graduates who live and work in the D-FW area are entrepreneurs, executives and civic leaders who mentor SMU students.


SMU helped shape many of the exhibitions at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. From dinosaur fossils to technical expertise, the contributions of SMU faculty and students to this partnership in discovery and education with the Perot will inspire generations of visionaries and innovators.


NO. 1

Dallas is the best city in the country for good jobs, according to Forbes.


Dallas is one of five Texas cities that rank in the top 25 of Forbes’ best places for business and careers.

NO. 11

According to The Daily Beast, Dallas is among the top 15 aspirational cities – national hot spots favored for their economic outlook, quality of life and demographic factors.

TOP 10

Forbes and Business Insider rank Dallas among the top 10 cities in the nation for new college graduates.


Dallas bolsters the economic strength and entrepreneurial energy of Texas, which is ranked America’s No. 2 state for business by CNBC.

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