From Houston to the Hilltop

Every year, hundreds of students from the Houston area choose SMU to pursue their dreams for their careers and lives. And we’re proud the Houston area is home to the largest number of SMU alumni outside North Texas.

SMU at a glance

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Choosing SMU in Dallas

  • Nearly 7,300 Houston-area SMU alumni.
  • Nearly 570 students from Houston area enrolled at SMU over the past five years.
  • SMU is among the top 20% of national universities and is the highest-ranking national university in North Texas (U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings 2024).

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  • A nationally recognized comprehensive research university.
  • More than 100 majors and 85 minors offered.
  • Abundant opportunities to connect your academics to creative projects, internships and research.

majors and minors

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Scholarships and financial aid

  • Automatic consideration for SMU scholarships, many of which can be combined.
  • SMU offers need-based support, including SMU-funded institutional awards as well as state and federal sources of financial assistance.

financial needs

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Removing barriers to college education

Through our Access SMU program, we meet full need for high-achieving Texas scholars who receive Federal Pell Grants and SMU merit scholarships.

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Houston connections

Meet two Houston-area alumni who made use of the academics, resources and support network at SMU to forge successful pathways into their fields and make an impact.


SMU graduate Lauren Ammerman McCormick ’21

Lauren Ammerman McCormick ’21

Making great discoveries

SMU graduate Peyton Woodson Cooper ’00

Peyton Woodson Cooper ’00

Forging a creative path

Shaping world changers

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Around here you'll hear students say that being a Mustang means being a world changer – whether it's to launch a company that solves a problem, engage in research with far-reaching impact, or lead and rally people for a cause. Our world changer mindset attracts Mustangs from across the nation and around the world and inspires them to achieve their goals in a close-knit campus community.

Learn more about the campus experience at SMU.

We’re close to home

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SMU in Dallas is about an hour’s flight to Houston. We’re close enough for you to drive home, too, whether you want to spend planned breaks or quick unscheduled trips with your family. 

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“SMU has provided me a space where I feel I can fully show who I am and try new things.”

Lucia Chamness ’25
Montrose/River Oaks, Texas

Lucia Chamness
Grant Richter

“My favorite campus tradition is SMU's version of tailgating, which we call Boulevarding, especially during family weekend. The energy is high, and I love showing my parents around campus.”

Grant Richter ’26
The Woodlands, Texas

Joe Francisco

Houston admission counselor

Joe Francisco
Regional Director of Admission

"Everyone has a story and their own experience creating a unique and positive culture when they meet at SMU. Students can get involved from Day One, including more than 200 clubs and organizations to be a part of. Strong traditions and history, as well as the tremendous support of faculty, staff and our great alumni network help make SMU a great place to be."

Questions? Let’s connect.
214-768-2058 or 1-800-323-0672 
Text us at 214-768-9990.
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Learn more about life on the Hilltop     SMU Experience