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“SMU makes my passion for accounting and biology easy to maneuver. SMU’s approach to interdisciplinary study has shaped me into a more critical thinker who can approach a problem from both business and scientific perspectives. And as I prepare for medical school, my dual degree plan gives me a competitive edge. I am able to pursue diverse internship opportunities, including those that focus on the business and clinical aspects of health care.”

— W. Holt Garner, Accounting and Biology double major and Chemistry 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 exceptional preparation for career success.

We’re proud to note that SMU is profiled in The Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges – 2018 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 more than 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.

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Business LogosExperts agree that a critical component in securing employment is building experience before applying for a position. SMU integrates internships and experiential/applied learning opportunities into the student experience.

  • Six months after graduation, 93% of SMU graduates have jobs or are in grad school.
  • SMU is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes benefits for students such as internships at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and at the George W. Bush Institute and invitations to Bush Center symposia.
  • 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 57,000-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.


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 25 cities for millennials
Dallas ranks among the top 25 in the “2018 Best Cities for Millennials in America” list compiled by Niche, a platform that analyzes public data sets on neighborhoods.

Top 25 high-tech cities worldwide
DFW ranks No. 11 in Business Insider’s listing of the “25 most high-tech cities in the world” – its reputation as a startup hub is attributed to the “rapid growth in the number of venture capitalists and integration of technology into the city landscape.”

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