Dallas features one of the strongest economies in the country and ranks third in the nation in the number of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. Major industries include high tech, defense, finance, transportation and healthcare. Dallas ranks second in the country in the number of publicly traded companies on the New York Stock Exchange. Statewide, Texas has more Fortune 500 corporate headquarters than New York. All of this makes Dallas a desired location for young, driven professionals.
Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Dallas has one of the largest urban arts districts in the country, a 68-acre, 19-block area in the heart of downtown that includes several performance halls and museums, including the Nasher Sculpture Center, which houses the largest private collection of modern art in the U.S. Additionally, Dallas has more than 100 public works of art throughout the city. The largest concentration of Art-Deco architecture in the world can be seen at Dallas’ Fair Park. On campus, the Meadows Museum has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside Spain.
Dallas also loves music, theater and film. Live music of all genres can be found most any night of the week and the Dallas International Film Festival entertains more than 40,000 attendees with an annual film festival featuring feature-length and short films representing more than 25 countries.
And of course professional sports are big in Dallas. The Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars both play their home games at American Airlines Center in Victory Park, just a few miles from campus. And the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys play just down the road in Arlington.
With so much culture to explore, it’s easy to forget that there are 406 parks within the Dallas city limits. That’s more than 21,000 acres, including 17 lakes with 4,400 surface acres of water, 17,196 acres of greenbelt, and 61.6 miles of jogging and bike trails. And with 72 miles of light rail and an extensive bus network, there’s always an affordable and green way to get to where the fun is.
Dallas has over 200 sunny days each year and an average temperature of 76°. We celebrate our great weather with plenty of open-air performances, outdoor dining and sports.
SMU’s spacious, tree-lined campus of 230 acres is nestled in a residential neighborhood. Classic Georgian architecture, lush landscaping and calming water features make for a beautiful campus that is a pleasure to explore. SMU is committed to campus beauty and has been recognized by the Professional Grounds Management Society for exceptional grounds maintenance. SMU is also committed to environmental sustainability and all new and renovated buildings on campus meet Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. LEED certified buildings must meet the stringent guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Council regarding energy usage, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Since 2006, all new construction and renovations on campus have been built to LEED standards.
Style and Taste
From high-end department stores to small independent boutiques, some of the best shopping in the country can be found right here in Dallas, and much of that shopping is just minutes from campus at NorthPark Center, Uptown and Highland Park Village.
When it comes to dining, Dallas is not just steak, barbecue and Tex-Mex. Some of the best chefs in the country live and work right here, offering up a variety of outstanding cuisine and culinary styles. And since Dallas is a cosmopolitan city, you can find excellent ethnic fare, too.