Facts and Figures


With more than a 90-year legacy of innovation, achievement and excellence, the Lyle School is one of the Southwest’s premier institutes of higher learning for students seeking degrees in engineering and technical disciplines.

Here are just a few facts about Southern Methodist University and the Lyle School.

Student Population – SMU is home to 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Lyle School currently enjoys enrollment of more than 1,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students.

Teaching – With an 11 – 1 student to faculty ratio, students get the very best educational experience available with many opportunities to engage with faculty.

Degree Programs – The Lyle School currently provides undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees, with many specializations, through five academic departments. More than 30% of our undergraduate students graduate with a second degree outside of engineering.

  • Civil and Environment Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Management, Information, and Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering

Distance Learning – The Lyle School is a pioneer in distance learning, beginning in 1967. Today, thousands of students worldwide benefit from digitally-recorded instruction in all graduate engineering degree programs.

Faculty Research – The Lyle faculty represents a world-class group of technical experts in a variety of critically important fields in areas such as cyber security, biomedical research and telecommunications. On a per faculty basis, the Lyle School receives some of the largest research awards in the nation. Strong research has led to new programs such as Security Engineering, Packaging and a Gaming Track in Computer Engineering and the newly created master’s in Datacenter Systems Engineering.

National Ranking – The Lyle School continues to be ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Graduate Schools.

Leadership Opportunities – Student organizations are comprised of student chapters of professional organizations, professional service organizations, honorary organizations and Lyle Engineering organizations. Dallas has one of the highest concentrations of engineering and technology companies in the country. Many Lyle students graduate with engineering experience through summer internships or co-op employment opportunities.

Women in Engineering – The Lyle School is honored to have one of the largest percentages of women in engineering studying at SMU. With a percentage that is twice the national average, the Lyle school’s goal is to reach gender parity in the next three years.

Scholarships – Over 75% of undergraduate engineering students receive academic scholarships.

Outreach – The Lyle School sponsors a variety of programs designed to introduce students in grades K-12 to engineering through summer camps and other programs. Such programs are vital to ensuring a future engineering workforce.