SMU Welcomes the Center

SMU: Home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

SMU is a private university dedicated to educating students to have an impact on their communities and professions and the world. Students enjoy small classes, research opportunities and leadership development, giving them the tools to succeed and to serve. The University is strengthened by its partnership with the Dallas region, a global center of innovation, commerce and culture. From a tree-lined campus near the heart of the city, SMU students, faculty and alumni are changing the world through their chosen fields, their civic engagement and their service to society.


  • SMU is a private university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs  through seven schools.
  • SMU is celebrating the centennial of its founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915. The University was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church, with support from Dallas leaders. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to freedom of inquiry.
  • SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 90 foreign countries. Students represent diverse economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • The University’s main campus, five miles north of downtown Dallas, comprises 101 buildings on 237 acres, including 19 acres with 11 buildings acquired east of North Central Expressway to accommodate additional space needs. Another campus is our SMU-in-Taos, with 27 buildings on 423 acres in Northern New Mexico.
  • SMU’s endowment surpassed the $1 billion mark in 2005 and is now $1.2 billion.
  • During 2011-12, SMU received $22.4 million in external awards for research and sponsored projects throughout the U.S. and worldwide on six continents.
  • The University's nine libraries house the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest, with nearly four million print and electronic volumes.


  • In 2011 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching raised SMU’s classification to a research university with “high research activity.”
  • SMU consistently ranks in the top one-fourth of the “best national universities” in U.S. News & World Report rankings. In the 2013 report, SMU ranks 58 among 280 national universities, a four-point improvement from the previous year.
  • SMU’s Cox School of Business has three M.B.A programs (Full-time, Executive and Professional) ranked in the top 30 nationally by Bloomberg Businessweek.


  • SMU offers 109 bachelor’s degrees, 112 master’s degrees, 27 doctoral-research degrees, one doctoral-professional degree and one specialist degree, through seven schools:
    • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
    • Meadows School of the Arts
    • Cox School of Business 
    • Lyle School of Engineering
    • Dedman School of Law
    • Perkins School of Theology
    • Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Specialized centers and institutes include the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, Institute for Evidence-Based Education, Family Research Center, Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, National Center for Arts Research and Center for Presidential History.


  • SMU’s fall 2012 enrollment of 10,893 included 6,249 undergraduates and 4,644 graduate students.
  • Minority students composed 24.7 percent of the total enrollment and 27 percent of undergraduates in fall 2012.
  • Approximately 50 percent of SMU students come from outside of Texas, with California, Florida and Illinois following Texas as the leading home states.
  • In fall 2012 a record number of 1,282 international students (10 percent of the student population) came from 89 foreign countries, with the largest numbers from China, India and Saudi Arabia.
  • Among students reporting a religious preference, 26 percent are Catholic and 17 percent are Methodist.
  • The average SAT score of entering first-year students has risen significantly over the past decade, reaching 1274 in 2012.
  • Today SMU students have access to 150 study abroad programs in 50 countries, plus research and service projects overseas.


  • SMU’s full-time faculty totaled 723 in fall 2012.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 11:1.
  • Faculty members have been named to prestigious academies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.


  • SMU has approximately 114,000 alumni worldwide, with 60,000 living in Texas, including 44,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


  • SMU is the home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, housing the Bush Library and Museum and the independent Bush Institute. The Bush Presidential Center, opening in spring 2013, will be a valuable source of research materials and is already sponsoring programs for scholars, students and visitors. The Bush Institute has begun programming in the areas of economic growth, education reform, global health and human freedom.
  • The Meadows Museum at SMU houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. A partnership with Madrid’s Prado Museum includes the loan of major paintings from the Prado and an internship exchange.
  • SMU-in-Taos offers credit courses at the University’s campus in Northern New Mexico. Built on the site of a pre-Civil War fort, it includes the excavation of a 13th-century Indian pueblo. The Taos Cultural Institute offers a summer weekend of informal classes for adults.


  • SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, launched in 2008, is the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history, with a goal of $750 million. As of March 2013, gifts totaling $714.8 million are providing funds for 368 scholarships; 31 endowed faculty positions, bringing SMU’s total endowed academic positions to 93 toward a goal of 100; 19 academic program endowments, including support for two schools and one academic department; and 25 new or renovated facilities.
  • Combined with $542 million raised during its campaign of 1997-2002, SMU has raised more than $1.3 billion for academic and campus improvements in the past 15 years.


  • Facilities funded by campaign gifts include new academic buildings for life sciences,  engineering, executive education, theology and education and human development; a new  student services building; new athletics facilities including a football stadium, all-sports  center and basketball center; and the new Meadows Museum. New facilities in progress or planned include a residential commons complex of five residence halls and a dining  hall, an indoor-outdoor tennis complex, a data center and a new building for education  and human development.


  • SMU competes in Conference USA at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics — Division I, Football Bowl Subdivision. SMU will move in July 2013 to the American Athletic Conference.
  • SMU sponsors 17 sports and has ranked as the top school in its conference for 11 of the last 15 years in the Directors’ Cup Division I overall athletic rankings.
  • Last year 31 SMU student-athletes were named C-USA Academic Medal winners, and 210 were named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.