SMU Facts

SMU Facts

Student Life

Residence Life

Approximately 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students live on campus in 11 Residential Commons and six upperclass/graduate communities. The Residential Commons, housing all first- and second-year students, include on-site classes, social activities and faculty in residence.


Students gain leadership experience through nearly 200 campus organizations. A student serves as a voting member of the SMU Board of Trustees, and others serve on board committees.

Engaged Learning

Undergraduate students participate in scholarly research, civic engagement, professional internships and creative activity related to education goals.


Nearly 3,000 undergraduate volunteers serve annually through more than 100 nonprofit agencies. Students also participate in Alternative Break national service projects.

Global Learning

Nearly 600 SMU students studied abroad in 2016-17 with SMU Abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Australia/Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America (both Central and South) and the Middle East. SMU offers 150 programs in over 50 countries, in addition to research, service and class trips abroad.

Greek Participation

More than 2,600 students are members of sororities and fraternities.

SMU Adventures Blog

At SMU Adventures, students and faculty create online chronicles of their experiences conducting research, studying abroad and serving communities around the globe.