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The SMU Advantage

What is the SMU advantage?

It is a special mix of qualities that make the SMU experience unique: a total campus environment that enables you to choose your challenge and chart your course. Consider the assets and how you can make them work to your advantage:

The advantage is clear
Academic attributes
Campus quality
Leadership and service
Partners for progress
Dynamic diversity
Cultural and global dimensions


Academic attributes
• A distinguished faculty dedicated to outstanding teaching and research
• A student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, with opportunities for mentoring relationships
• A choice of about 90 academic majors, with opportunities to combine majors
• A challenging honors program forming a special community of scholars
• The largest private library system in the Southwest


Campus quality
• A university small enough for personal attention, but large enough to offer plenty of choices
• A park-like campus only minutes from downtown Dallas
• Several new state-of-the-art facilities for academics and student life


Leadership and service
• About 180 student organizations
• A voting student member on the SMU Board of Trustees
• Exposure to world leaders who visit campus for lectures and student forums


Partnerships for progress
• Close ties with Dallas, a gateway to the global community
• A network of influential alumni and other movers and shakers
• Opportunities for internships, co-op programs, and career initiatives


Dynamic diversity
• A diverse student body from around the country and throughout the world
• Financial aid options for students of all economic backgrounds


Cultural and global dimensions
• 32 study-abroad programs in 24 countries, plus about 100 programs offered in cooperation with other universities
• A one-of-a-kind historic campus near Taos, New Mexico
• An internationally renowned art museum
• More than 400 arts and cultural events a year, all on campus


Want some examples of our advantages-in-action? Visit our Pride Points.