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Athletic events and the numerous opportunities for student-athletes to compete in Division I sports are an important part of our vibrant campus experience. According to NCAA statistics, the graduation rate of SMU athletes is 78 percent, compared to the national Division I rate of about 58 percent. That’s because our athletes are also scholars, and we provide them with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, on the field and in their futures.

SMU competes in the American Athletic Conference.

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SMU Mustang Athletics

SMU competes in 17 NCAA Division I sports in the American Athletic Conference.

The Doak Walker Award, an annual collegiate award given to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the football field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community, is named after SMU Heisman Trophy Winner Doak Walker.

In the 2018-2019 season, SMU had eight All-Americans, six American Athletic Conference Players of the Year, 74 All-Conference award winners and three Conference Coaches of the Year. In 2018-19, two SMU teams won conference championships and nine teams reached the postseason. Since 2013-14, SMU has won 18 Conference Championships.

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Intramural sports

Intramural and club sports provide the campus community opportunities to stay active and challenge themselves to try something new. In addition to engaging in individual and team competition, students can also develop leadership skills by organizing and managing teams or pursue employment opportunities in officiating, scorekeeping, officiating and more.

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