Founded in 1911 by what is now known as the United Methodist Church, SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and is committed to the values of academic freedom and open inquiry. Today, with a student body of over 11,000 students from every state in the U.S. and over 90 foreign countries, SMU is a university for students of all faiths, as well as a school where open discussions of faith are welcomed. Many resources are available for students who wish to pursue a spiritual path.
Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life
The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life is committed to supporting you in issues of faith, purpose and meaning as you navigate life at SMU.
Religious Life groups can help you get connected! There are many Christian groups as well as groups for Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu students. Click here to see a complete list. If a group that represents your faith interest is not here, we’ll help you start it!
University Worship is a community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends in the United Methodist tradition and is open to all. In addition to a convenient and student-friendly worship service, there are many opportunities for you to be actively involved in the service if you wish. Services are every Sunday (during term) at 11 a.m. in Perkins Chapel. Click here for more information.
Resident Community Chaplains
RCCs are placed in almost every residence hall and are available for guidance, spiritual direction, self-understanding and many other concerns you may have. RCCs are graduate students who are currently enrolled at Perkins School of Theology and desire to be a friend with a listening ear!