Vanessa Leyva

Vanessa Leyva
Assistant Director of Campus Visits
214-768-5210
vleyva@smu.edu 

Year I Joined the Office of Admission: 2021

Favorite thing about SMU: My favorite thing about SMU is the students! The moment you step on campus, you can feel the vibrant campus community and school spirit. From wearing the SMU colors, to how the students embrace campus traditions, it really has an impact on your undergraduate experience.

Favorite place on campus: The Hughes-Trigg Student Center is my favorite place on campus. It is home to plenty of dining options, as well as numerous campus resources. It’s a great place to study and there are plenty of spots to meet with friends. I love walking through the lobby and seeing the students working on group projects or just catching up over coffee.

Favorite place in Dallas: It has to be a tie between the Winspear Opera House and the Music Hall at Fair Park. I am a huge fan of live music and Broadway musicals, so I love searching for any opportunities to take a show in. Both of these locations offer less expensive ticket options for students, so I highly recommend checking them out.

Favorite restaurant near campus: Shug’s is such a great option! It’s located right near the SMU Bookstore and offers authentic New York style bagels.

What I recommend during your stay in Dallas: Taking in the opportunity to explore local dining options in the Bishop Arts District and Trinity Groves. Lots of different food options for all kinds of food palates.

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