At SMU, you’ll find delicious food that you can savor in a variety of food options at both Lee Dining Hall, in Umphrey Lee Center, and Arnold Dining Commons, which are all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants that accommodate most dietary needs and preferences.
The world dines in Dallas.
From comforting street food to posh fine dining, Dallas’ diverse food scene represents a multicultural feast that celebrates the cuisines from nearly any spot on the globe. Of course, you can still get our belly-satisfying signature barbecue and tacos with all the trimmings.
Your place to live.
Your Residential Commons is your instant community on campus. Because living-and-learning experiences outside class are an important part of the whole SMU experience, incoming first-year students are assigned to one of 11 Residential Commons, each with its own traditions. Led by a faculty member who serves as Faculty-in-Residence, each Commons integrates an academic focus and social opportunities.
The Legend of Sunday Night Snacks
Faculty-in-Residence, a member of faculty who live in the Residential Commons, create an atmosphere that allows students to be who they are.
We’ve Been Expecting You
This special place that we call the Hilltop is for you. Feel at home as you look around. This is where you’ll take that life-changing class, have those amazing conversations with your professors, make a late-night dinner run with your friends and cheer on your favorite teams.
Make Your Day a Mustang Day!
Mustang Days give you a 360° view of SMU. Get the inside track on admission, scholarships, financial aid*, and campus life. Throw your toughest questions at our student panel, and let our deans and professors tell you everything you want to know about our academic programs.
A legacy of spirit, tradition and pride
The way we welcome new Mustangs, the way we celebrate our most important times of the year and the way we let loose and have a blast – it's all part of what's so great about SMU. We're big on tradition and spirit here on the Hilltop, and we take a lot of pride in our community and the rich, century-long history the University has built.
SMU and Dallas
Think big in SMU and Dallas to launch your successful future. You'll love to work hard on your dreams, with the can-do energy of Dallas fueling your experiences on campus and beyond.
Great escapes, student approved
On a final-exam study break, SMU Mustangs Adam Czarnik ’22 and Jo Lew ’23 hit the Dallas Arts District to enjoy the best-ever grilled cheese sandwiches from Ruthie’s food truck, a spontaneous foosball match at Klyde Warren Park and an art museum trifecta.
From your first days as a new Mustang to graduation and important transition points between, the Office of the Student Experience supports your collegiate experience with a variety of resources.
Living on a college campus
Listen in as Alexa May ’23 and Emma White ’23 swap memories about the good times – and the cringey moments – while getting to know each other as first-year roommates.
Diversity and Inclusion
SMU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion works with people across the University to develop, coordinate, and advance the organizational vision and strategy to fulfill the University's core values of excellence, integrity, intellectual freedom, open dialogue, diversity and inclusion.
Do I have to be Methodist to attend SMU?
Students do not have to be Methodist to attend SMU. About 16% of the SMU student population is Methodist. Our campus hosts students from other religions including other Protestant denominations, Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Greek Orthodox, and Islam, and many non-religious students.
Activities and organizations
At SMU, you have access to everything the university has to offer from your very first semester: research opportunities, outstanding facilities, small class sizes and so much more.
Join a sport club!
Sport Clubs provide a broad-based program of recreational, competitive and instructional sport opportunities. The program is designed to promote participation in a wide variety of sport activities—complimenting the university's intramural, intercollegiate and wellness programs.
Great escapes, student approved
Dallas’ size, diversity, world-class museums – including SMU’s own Meadows Museum – and awe-inspiring performance venues create exceptional opportunities for the bold, curious and imaginative.
What excites you?
Whether you care deeply about making an impact in your community or want to build a great career studying and pursuing what you love, we’re with you to help you channel your energy and unique qualities into the things that matter to you.
Starting the day you arrive on the Hilltop, you will spend your next four years developing relationships with world changers like you – problem-solvers, influencers and leaders who will make an impact around the globe.
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Student Academic Engagement and Success
Operating within the Office of the Provost (SMU's chief academic officer), Student Academic Engagement and Success represents the University's commitment to offering academic opportunities and support systems to help our students learn well and achieve success inside and outside the classroom.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
You’re bright and hardworking. We want you here. That’s why we are passionate about matching our rigorous academics, powerful opportunities and incredible classroom-to-career experiences with access to outstanding financial resources – so that you can become who you want to be, regardless of your financial need.
Ready to do big things?
Applying to SMU is the first step in making your college experience one that defines your future success. We carefully consider each application with the goal of adding dimension to our diverse and dynamic community of scholars.
Finish strong with an SMU education
You pushed yourself to begin an educational journey that will take you places. Being courageous and having grit are qualities that will take you far as you pursue the exceptional education you deserve. Make the smart choice to finish strong at SMU.
Connect with us
Get connected to this nationally acclaimed private university near the heart of Dallas. Build relationships with world changers like you – visionaries, creators and problem solvers who will make an impact around the globe.