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 2017

Endowment (May 31, 2017) $1.5 billion
Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget $660 million
Total Staff and Administrators 1,577
Faculty

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

Total Fall 2017 Full-time Faculty – 758

Faculty Demographic Profile
Male – 60.6%
Female – 39.4%
Minority – 18.5%

Enrollment

Total Fall 2017 Enrollment – 11,789

Undergraduate students – 6,452
Graduate students – 5,337
Total new first-year undergraduate students – 1,423

Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender Female – 50%
Male – 50%
Graduate Enrollment by Gender Male – 53%
Female – 47%
Average Age Undergraduate – 20
Graduate – 30
Diversity

Total Fall 2017 Identified Minority Enrollment – 3,143

Hispanic – 1,295
Asian – 755
Black/African American – 691
American Indian/Alaska Native – 29
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 11
Two or more races – 362
Minority percentage of total enrollment – 26.7%

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, Florida, Illinois and Missouri.

International – International enrollment of 1,785 students (15.1% of total enrollment) from 88 foreign countries. The largest international groups are from China, India and Mexico.

Religious – Among students reporting a religious preference, 25% are Catholic, and 13% are Methodist; 38% are from other Protestant denominations; and 15% 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 2016-17

Total – 3,917

Bachelor’s – 1,778
Master’s – 1,814
Doctoral-Professional (J.D.) – 236
Doctoral-Research/Scholarship – 89

Degrees Awarded by School in 2016-17

Cox School of Business – 1,026
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences – 856
Lyle School of Engineering – 662
Meadows School of the Arts – 415
Dedman School of Law – 291
Simmons School of Education and Human Development – 503
Perkins School of Theology – 93
The Guildhall – 87
Research and Graduate Studies (M.S.D.S.) – 7