From Nashville to the Hilltop

You already know what it’s like to live in a great city. If you’re looking to leave Nashville to go to college, the best place is SMU in Dallas, a dynamic global hot spot for business, arts and culture, entertainment and sports. Our city’s vibrancy is woven into student life, culture and academics at SMU.

Dallas at a glance

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People from all over the world thrive in our vibrant city, which celebrates local gems and global artistry. Discover a variety of cuisines and cool finds for every taste and budget.

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Diverse economy

Pursue valuable internships and other professional opportunities through our partnerships across a variety of industries, which will position you for success wherever you choose to launch your career, whether it's in Dallas, Nashville or anywhere else in the world.

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Sports and entertainment

Enjoy exciting concert venues and a hot sports scene with seven professional teams in the Dallas area, voted the No. 1 sports city by Sports Business Journal.

SMU at a glance

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Choosing SMU in Dallas

  • Dallas area is home to 24 Fortune 500 headquarters.
  • 900+ SMU alumni live in and around Nashville.
  • 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.

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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.

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Nashville connections

Meet Nashville-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.

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Zane Cavender ’14, ‘15

Intellectual property attorney

Frank McGrew
Frank McGrew ’90

Managing Director at J.P. Morgan
Chair of the SMU Cox Alumni Board

Thomas and Amie Kromis
Amie Kromis '13
(with her dad and fellow SMU alum Thomas P. Kromis ’14 ’16)

DEI Director at global health company Essity

Shaping world changers

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.

See how Mustangs make a difference

Your network

Build lifelong friendships, beginning with your first two years living and learning in one of our 11 Residential Commons, and plug into a worldwide alumni network to launch your career anywhere in the world.

Learn more about the campus experience at SMU

We’re close to home

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Traveling from Dallas to see your loved ones back home can be a breeze with under-two-hour flights and your choice of two airports – Dallas-Fort Worth and Dallas Love Field. Both will also get you to most cities in the U.S. within four hours.

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“After college, I know I will be thoroughly prepared to enter the work world with academic capabilities and corporate experience that will allow me to excel in the field of finance.”

Coleman Dennis ’24
Franklin area, Tennessee

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Madeline McGrew

“I am not a number here to my professors as I am known by name, and they have fostered a space where I feel confident raising my hand in the classroom even if I may not know the answer to a question.”

Madeline McGrew ’25
Forest Hills, Tennessee

Samantha Sapon-Amoah

Nashville admission counselor

Samantha Sapon-Amoah
Admission Counselor

"I love the location of SMU. You get an amazing city feel and benefits without the overwhelming feeling of being in the city. Being in Dallas provides many opportunities for students."

Questions? Let’s connect.
214-768-2058 or 1-800-323-0672 
Text us at 214-768-9990.
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