The optimistic outlook of Dallas is at the heart of SMU. For more than a century, SMU’s enterprising spirit has helped shape Dallas into a global gateway for people of all backgrounds who want to change the world. SMU was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to promote higher education and freedom of inquiry and remains secular in its teaching. This comprehensive research university joined with an energetic city creates an opportunity powerhouse where more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students forge their success in a rigorous academic environment and own their future. Eight degree-granting schools elevate SMU to the top tier of national universities. SMU prepares Mustangs for the demands of a rapidly changing world, and jobs that don’t yet exist. SMU’s innovative, flexible Common Curriculum builds a solid liberal arts foundation that allows students to pursue multiple majors and experience different cultures, and delivers what employers want. SMU graduates greet the workforce with multiple competencies and global savvy.
|Endowment (June 30, 2021)||$2.1 billion|
|Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget||$820 million|
|Total Staff and Administrators||1,630|
85% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their fields.
Total Fall 2021 Full-time Faculty – 723
Faculty Demographic Proﬁle
Total Fall 2021 Enrollment – 12,385
|Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender||Female – 50%
Male – 50%
|Graduate Enrollment by Gender||Male – 52%
Female – 48%
|Average Age||Undergraduate – 20
Graduate – 30
Total Fall 2020 Identified Minority Enrollment – 4,023
Socioeconomic – Three out of four SMU students receive scholarships and/or financial aid, including academic and need-based.
|Degrees Conferred in 2020-21||
|Degrees Awarded by School in 2019-20||
Cox School of Business – 1,216