Dante Branch

Dante Branch

Assistant Director of Admission

Year I joined the Office of Admission: 2023

Favorite thing about SMU: There is nothing I love more than the campus! Imagine spending the next few years of your life in the heart of the best city in the world (Dallas, Texas); I love how the students have access to art, culture, commerce and innovation at their fingertips. I can only imagine discovering new knowledge not only for the sake of your GPA, but also to improve your intellectual skills and create a meaningful impact on society.

I am also impressed by the fact that SMU attracts a diverse student body from all over the United States as well as from abroad. SMU students are trailblazers in their own right. Undergraduates at SMU are driven to pursue their passions and dreams by taking the path less traveled. Above all, SMU students are empowered to maximize their potential.

Favorite place on campus: A Saturday night football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium is one of my favorite things to do in Dallas, as I am a huge football fan. The next time you are in town on a Saturday night, do yourself a favor and attend a game at Ford Stadium.

Favorite place in Dallas: A great place to stop and relax as you make your way through downtown Dallas is Klyde Warren Park. The beautiful public park is a place of respite tucked in the middle of the downtown streets and high-rise buildings. On any given day, you can enjoy food trucks, outdoor dining, green space, public art and a casual social scene.

Favorite restaurant near campus: Café 43. Lunch at this restaurant is of the highest quality. Unfortunately, they do not serve dinner. It is my favorite. It is ideal for business lunches. The service is excellent, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is amazing.

What I recommend during your stay in Dallas: There are a number of places that families can visit during their stay in Dallas, including the Dallas World Aquarium, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Dallas Zoo. One of the most popular family-friendly attractions in Dallas is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which is known for its unique seasonal displays. If you are interested in history, you might also want to visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Pioneer Plaza, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum or Deep Ellum, one of the city’s first commercial districts that is now a hub for art, dining and live entertainment and is filled with free activities.