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About SMU

About SMU

Welcome to SMU

As SMU enters a second century of achievement, it is recognized as a university of increasing national prominence and impact.

SMU prepares students for leadership in their professions and in their communities. The University’s location near the heart of Dallas – a thriving center of commerce and culture – offers students enriching experiences on campus and beyond. Relationships in the Dallas area provide a platform for launching careers throughout the world.

The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools. SMU's 11,000 students benefit from small classes, opportunities for research, leadership development, community service, internships, mentoring and study abroad.

SMU was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church, in partnership with civic leaders, and was shaped by the entrepreneurial spirit of the region. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.


Our distinguished history, our vibrant region and our outstanding leadership all position SMU to play an increasingly important role in higher education. Meet SMU leadership.


Locations near downtown Dallas, in Plano and Taos, New Mexico, enable the University to educate students who will tackle society’s challenges. Learn more about our location & facilities.

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If you have questions about us, we’re here to help. Contact SMU.


SMU enters its second century of achievement as a center of higher learning that serves the region and beyond. Get the facts.

Maps & Directions

Find your way around the Hilltop with maps of the entire campus and specific areas. Get maps & directions.