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SMU Facts

SMU Facts

Entering its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized as a university of increasing national prominence and impact. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences, as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs through seven schools. Students benefit from small classes and opportunities for research, leadership development and unique learning experiences on campus and around the world. SMU is dedicated to shaping world changers. It prepares students to make an impact through their chosen professions and service to society. SMU was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church in partnership with civic leaders. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

SMU by the Numbers

Location and Facilities

Dallas/University Park/Highland Park campus

  • 107 buildings on 234 acres
  • five miles north of downtown Dallas

SMU-in-Plano

  • 4 buildings on 16 acres, north of Dallas

SMU-in-Taos

  • 31 buildings located on 423 acres within the Carson National Forest and surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico.

Finances

Endowment: $1.4 billion
Operating budget in fiscal year 2017: $635 million

Degree programs

  • 106 bachelor’s degrees in 92 fields
  • 114 master’s degrees in 105 fields
  • 31 doctoral-research degrees
  • 1 doctoral-professional degree
  • 1 specialist degree

Undergraduate costs for 2017-18

Three out of four SMU students receive scholarships and/or financial aid (including academic- and need-based).

Tuition and fees................................... $52,498
Average housing and dining................ $16,910
Total..................................................... $69,408

Competitive academic scholarship programs include the President’s Scholars, Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars and scholarships offered by SMU’s individual schools.

Degrees conferred in 2015–16

Total........................................................ 3,688
Bachelor’s............................................... 1,723
Master’s.................................................. 1,648
Doctoral-Professional(J.D.)....................... 238
Doctoral-Research/Scholarship.................. 

At the time of graduation, 68% of 2016 bachelor’s degree recipients were already employed or had been accepted into a graduate degree program.

Fall 2015 campus profile

Total staff and administrators................. 1,429
Total full-time faculty................................. 748
Male faculty........................................... 60.6%
Female faculty....................................... 39.4%
Minority faculty...................................... 19.3%

82.2% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their fields. The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1.

Total enrollment.................................. 11,739
Undergraduate students ........................ 6,521
New first-year undergraduates................1,522
Graduate students ................................. 5,218
Undergraduate male enrollment............... 50%
Undergraduate female enrollment............ 50%
Graduate male enrollment ....................... 54%
Graduate female enrollment..................... 46%
Average age of undergraduates ................. 20
Average age of graduate students.............. 30

Total identified minority enrollment.... 3,052
Hispanic ................................................. 1,231
Asian......................................................... 722
Black/African American ............................ 722
American Indian/Alaska Native .................. 35
NativeHawaiian/PacificIslander...................  7
Two or more races .................................... 335
Minority percentage of total enrollment 26%

National enrollment from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with more than half of undergraduates from outside Texas. Following Texas, the leading home states for first-year students are California, Florida, Connecticut and Georgia.

International enrollment of 1,719 students (14.6% of total enrollment) from 96 foreign countries. The largest international groups are from China, India and Saudi Arabia.

Religious preferences of students who report one
Catholic ................................................... 25%
Methodist ................................................ 14%
Other Protestant ...................................... 37%
Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other............. 15%

Rankings

“Higher research activity” classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

#56 out of 310 best national universities by U.S. News & World Report

Cox School of Business among the top business schools nationally and globally, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist and Forbes

Dedman School of Law #46 among 197 accredited law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report

Meadows School of the Arts #1 music program in the U.S. according to College Factual

Libraries

SMU’s eight libraries house the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest, with more than four million volumes.

Fondren Library, SMU’s largest, has a general collection of nearly two million volumes.

Bridwell Library of Perkins School of Theology houses one of the nation’s finest religious studies research collections.

Underwood Law Library, serving Dedman School of Law, is the largest private law school library west of the Mississippi.

DeGolyer Library houses special collections, including Western Americana, business history and history of science and technology.

Hamon Arts Library, serving Meadows School of the Arts, houses materials on visual, performing and communication arts.

The Business Library in Cox School of Business provides specialized business research resources.

Athletics

SMU men and women compete in 17 sports in the American Athletic Conference at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.

Student Life

Approximately 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students live on campus in 11 Residential Commons and six upperclass/graduate communities. The Residential Commons enable all first- and second-year students to live on campus and include on-site classes, social activities and faculty in residence.

Students gain leadership experience through nearly 200 campus organizations. A student serves as a voting member of the SMU Board of Trustees.

Engaged learning opportunities for undergraduates include scholarly research, civic engagement, professional internships and creative activities related to their education goals.

SMU students engage in study abroad through more than 150 programs in 50 countries, in addition to research and service projects abroad. Students also participate in Alternative Break national service projects.

Alumni

SMU has 123,000 alumni worldwide, with 55,000 in the DFW metroplex. They include leaders in virtually every field.

In public service, alumni have included U.S. ambassadors, members of Congress, a first lady, a state governor, state Supreme Court justices and legislators, foreign ministers and members of the highest courts worldwide.

Leaders in science and technology include a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the inventor of computer memory and pioneers in medical treatments. Click here to learn more about Nobel Prize laureate James Cronin and his groundbreaking research.

Among corporate leaders are heads of national and multinational companies in diverse fields.

Education leaders have included a university president, academic deans and an assistant U.S. Secretary of Education.

Among arts leaders are recipients of Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Academy awards, a Pulitzer Prize winner and artists represented in leading national museums.

Alumni in religion include leaders of churches, service agencies and ministries throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Former SMU athletes include Olympic medalists, NFL championship players, NBA players, a Heisman Trophy winner and members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Unique Resources

Hear distinguished speakers through the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, Hart Global Leaders Forum and John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.
smu.edu/tate, smu.edu/tower

View one of the most comprehensive collections of Spanish art at the Meadows Museum.
smu.edu/meadowsmuseum Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center, home of the Bush Library and Museum and independent Institute.
smu.edu/bushcenter

Learn about a subject that interests you or enhance your career with noncredit Continuing and Professional Education classes.
smu.edu/cape

Research

SMU faculty and students conduct research in the U.S. and worldwide in the sciences, engineering, education, arts, humanities and business. Examples include natural hazards, water quality, cyber security, data analytics, learning disabilities, human performance, immigration and the search for dark matter, as well as treatments for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, anxiety and depression.

Research facilities include one of the nation’s most powerful academic supercomputers.

SMU received $28.4 million in external funding for projects during 2015–16. Sources include the National Science Foundation; National Institutes of Health; departments of Defense, Education and Energy; foundations; and private industry.

SMU-In-Taos

Unique campus in Northern New Mexico includes pre-Civil War Fort Burgwin and remains of a 13th-century Native American pueblo. Offerings include:

  • Summer credit courses in the natural and social sciences, humanities, arts and business. Classes are enhanced by the region’s distinctive mix of cultures and rich natural resources.
  • Archaeological research and summer field school.
  • Short-term courses in January and May.
  • Annual Taos Cultural Institute, a summer weekend of informal classes for adults taught by SMU faculty.
  • Facilities for conferences and retreats.

SMU-In-Plano

Serves one of the state’s fastest growing areas with diverse programs, including:

  • Evening and weekend programs leading to master’s degrees and/or graduate certificates.
  • The Guildhall, one of the world’s premier graduate programs in video game development.
  • Noncredit continuing and professional education programs.
  • Outreach services, including the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and the Center for Family Counseling.
  • Summer programs for students in grades K-12.