Benefits of an SMU Education

Bold, curious and creative students achieve excellence at this world-class university with ambition, grit and confidence. Our students don’t just succeed; they thrive after graduation by becoming leaders within their fields. Below you will find facts on the unparalleled benefits of an education from SMU in Dallas, Texas.

  • 93% of SMU graduates have jobs or are in graduate school within six months after graduation.
  • The Dallas area is ranked second among the best places nationally for business and careers by Forbes 2019.
  • SMU ranks in the top 7% of colleges with the highest-paid graduates, and the top 19% of Best Colleges Based on Salary potential, according to PayScale’s 2020-21 College Salary Reports.
  • SMU is one of only 300 schools nationwide that are worth the investment, according to Forbes’ 2019 Best Value Colleges ranking, which is based on quality, net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation and access for low-income students.
  • 90% of Lyle School of Engineering students complete at least one internship.
  • Every year more than 1,000 Dallas-area businesses offer more than 4,400 internships to SMU students.
  • 94% of Cox graduates were off the job market within three months of graduation at an average starting salary of nearly $66K per year.
  • College Factual counts SMU alumni among the top 5% of highest-paid graduates across a range of fields including the physical and social sciences, computer and information sciences, the humanities, the visual and performing arts, and business, management and marketing. SMU's commitment to academic and creative scholarship in the vibrant economic and artistic powerhouse of Dallas supports our students' success.
  • DFW is the No. 1 metro area for STEM jobs, according to an American Enterprise Institute study (2020).
  • 98% of the Simmons School’s Applied Physiology and Sport Management grads are employed or are pursuing/have completed grad school with APSM-related degree.
  • SMU ranks among the top 20% best national universities in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.
  • SMU tied for No. 1 on the 2021 College Factual list of Highest Paid Music Graduates.


Learn even more about information listed above and several of SMU’s resources by reviewing the content below.


SMU in Dallas
Hegi Family Career Development Center
Cox School of Business Career Management Center
Hart Center for Engineering Leadership
SMU Alumni Network
Academic Schools