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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 2015 ranks SMU No. 12 for best career services.

We're proud to note that SMU is profiled in The Princeton Review's Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition. Our location in Dallas, home to nearly 20 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 6.5 million people. Dallas is on track to become the third-largest metropolitan area, increasing the wealth of opportunities for a successful career after college.


Career preparation with national scope begins right here at SMU.

  • 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.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek 2014 ranks SMU's Cox School of Business B.B.A. program No. 9 for academic quality and No. 21 in the nation.
  • For the past five years, more than 85% of Lyle School of Engineering graduates had a job at graduation; 80% graduate with professional experience from internships.


SMU students in every discipline have access to networks of professional connections in Dallas' business-friendly environment through more than 4,400 internships in the region as well as work-study opportunities. Most of our students graduate with professional experience from internships or co-ops. Many among the 45,000 SMU graduates who live and work in the D-FW area are entrepreneurs, executives and civic leaders who mentor SMU students.


From the contribution of dinosaur fossils to technical expertise, SMU has helped shape many exhibitions at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Led by Earth Sciences Professor Louis Jacobs, SMU faculty and students' partnership with the Perot Museum provides discovery, education and inspiration for visionaries and innovators of all ages.


NO. 1

DFW is No. 1 in the nation for job growth in 2014, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top 10 Places for College Graduates

Dallas ranks No. 6 among the top 10 cities in the nation for college graduates in USA Today 2014.

Top 10 Places to Launch Your Career

Dallas ranks No. 8 in WalletHub's 2014 list of the best cities to start a career.

Top 10 for Economic Vitality

Dallas is among the top 10 U.S. regions for economic vitality, according to Forbes 2014.

Top 20 for Business

Dallas places 13th on Forbes' 2014 list of the top 20 places for business, dominating Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

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