SMU Facts

SMU Facts

Campus Profile

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.

Fall 2018

Endowment (May 31, 2019) $1.65 billion
Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget $660 million
Total Staff and Administrators 1,577

83.7% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their fields. The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1.

Total Fall 2018 Full-time Faculty – 763

Faculty Demographic Profile
Male – 59%
Female – 41%
Minority – 19%


Total Fall 2018 Enrollment – 11,649

Undergraduate students – 6,479 
Graduate students – 5,170 
Total new first-year undergraduate students – 1,674

Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender Female – 49%
Male – 51%
Graduate Enrollment by Gender Male – 53%
Female – 47%
Average Age Undergraduate – 20
Graduate – 30

Total Fall 2018 Identified Minority Enrollment – 3,319

Hispanic – 1,356 
Asian – 795 
Black/African American – 725 
American Indian/Alaska Native – 33 
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 13 
Two or more races – 397 
Minority percentage of total enrollment – 28.5%

Socioeconomic – Three out of four SMU students receive scholarships and/or financial aid, including academic and need-based.

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

International – International enrollment of 1,596 students (14% of total enrollment) from 83 foreign countries. The largest international groups are from China, India and Mexico.

Religious – Among students reporting a religious preference, 28% are Catholic, and 14% are Methodist; 46% are from other Protestant denominations; and 11% represent other religions (including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism). Diverse Campus Ministries organizations support and nurture students in the development of faith and ethics.

Degrees Conferred in 2017-18

Total – 4,018

Bachelor’s – 1,831 
Master’s – 1,842 
Doctoral-Professional (J.D.) – 240 
Doctoral-Research/Scholarship –105

Degrees Awarded by School in 2017-18

Cox School of Business – 1,158
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences – 882
Lyle School of Engineering – 695
Meadows School of the Arts – 380
Dedman School of Law – 298
Simmons School of Education and Human Development – 454
Perkins School of Theology – 75
The Guildhall – 80
Research and Graduate Studies (M.S.D.S.) –110