Think Big. SMU & Dallas.

Big on Business



"Dallas is such a business-friendly city. It opens so many doors and opportunities that I never imagined before attending SMU. With SMU's proximity to downtown, many students find internships during the school year."

— John Morrow, Accounting major and History minor, in downtown Dallas


Business runs deep in Dallas, a global hub for finance, banking, technology, health care and other industries. SMU’s partnership with Dallas offers students world-class preparation for career success. It’s no surprise that The Princeton Review 2016 ranked SMU No. 13 for best career services.

We’re proud to note that SMU is profiled in The Princeton Review’s The Best 381 Colleges – 2017 Edition. Our location in Dallas, home to 20-plus Fortune 500 companies, enhances our ability to attract and retain top faculty and students, making SMU a nationally prominent university whose global reach gives our students access to abundant internships and career opportunities as well as the knowledge and the skills to change the world from any corner of the globe.


As an SMU student, you live in a close-knit community, learning in small classes, all while surrounded by the excitement that comes with a city on the move. Tap into the energy of the Dallas-Fort Worth region, the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area and home to about 7 million people. Dallas is on track to become the third-largest metropolitan area, increasing the wealth of opportunities for a successful career after college.

Dallas Skyline


Business LogosCareer preparation with national scope begins right here at SMU. Experts agree that a critical component in securing employment is building experience before applying for a position. Internships and experiential learning opportunities help students develop job skills and competencies that maximize the value of their college degrees, enhance their chances for a job offer and position them for higher starting salaries. SMU takes these important factors into account in integrating internships and experiential/applied learning opportunities into the student experience.

  • Meadows School of the Arts‘ Temerlin Advertising Institute students land internships at prominent agencies such as The Richards Group and Omnicom.
  • At Kitt Investing and Trading Center in the Cox School of Business, business students invest and manage a portfolio valued at $3 million.
  • Students in EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center at the Cox School of Business prepare for success in finance in alternative investment firms in the DFW area as well as in firms nationwide and around the world.
  • Class of 2017 full-time placements include those at UBS (New York) and CitiGroup (Houston).
  • Class of 2018 internship placements include those at CitiGroup (New York, Houston) and Goldman Sachs (Dallas, Houston).
  • Ninety percent of Lyle School of Engineering students complete at least one internship.
  • Many among the 55,000-plus SMU alumni who live and work in the DFW area are entrepreneurs, executives and civic leaders who mentor SMU students.


Brierley Institute for Customer EngagementThe Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement is the first academic institute in the nation devoted to the study of customer engagement. Based in SMU’s Cox School of Business, the Institute brings together students, professors and business practitioners in a collaborative exchange of ideas to gain deeper insights into customer engagement with brands.


Top 5 cities for highest starting salaries
According to WalletHub 2016, Dallas is one of two Texas cities among the top five nationwide that offer the highest starting salaries (adjusted for cost of living).

The best city for jobs
The Dallas area ranked No. 1 among the best cities for jobs by Forbes 2017, which cites the local economy’s multiple points of strength, including aerospace and defense, insurance, financial services, life sciences, data processing and transportation.

200+ international companies
More than 200 companies from 34 countries have their U.S. headquarters or substantial operations in the region.

Top 9 for attracting out-of-state grads
According to a 2016 study from student loan marketplace Credible, Dallas is one of only nine cities nationwide that are proving to be magnets for out-of-state college graduates.

Top 10 for tech
Dallas is home to a thriving start-up scene and tech accelerators, such as Tech Wildcatters, that jumpstart entrepreneurship. Forbes 2017 ranks Dallas among the top 10 best-paying cities for tech jobs, with an average salary of about $89K.