Southern Methodist University is a private university proud to offer 28 doctoral degrees and 113 master's degrees in the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Lyle School of Engineering, the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, the Meadows School of the Arts, and the Guildhall, in addition to professional degrees offered by the Cox School of Business, Dedman School of Law, and Perkins School of Theology.
SMU has eight libraries that collectively hold more than 2.4 million volumes and subscribe to more than 7,000 periodicals. These include Fondren Library (humanities, social sciences, and business administration); the Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library; the Business Information Center; the DeGolyer Library (rare books and manuscripts in the history of the American West); the Science and Engineering Library; the Bridwell Library (theology and early printing collections); the Underwood Law Library; and the Southwest Film/Video Archives. For ease and convenience of research, the library collection catalog has been automated and is accessible from computer terminals throughout campus. Almost all libraries feature open-stack access.
SMU provides many laboratories and other research facilities for students these include the Solid State Technology Laboratory, the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, the Dallas Seismological Observatory, the Geothermal Laboratory, the Engineering Material and Failure Analysis Laboratory, the Design Computation Laboratory, the Graphics Laboratory, the Robotics (CAM) Laboratory, the Thermal Design Laboratory, and the Fort Burgwin Research Center near Taos, New Mexico. The Bradfield Computer Center houses the University's mainframe computers that provide support for student and faculty research.
The University sponsors a number of academic publications, including The Southwest Review, the Perkins School of Theology Journal, The Southwestern Law Journal, the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and The International Lawyer.
SMU students have the opportunity to live and learn in an international city that serves as an extension of the classroom. Consistently cited by Fortune magazine as one of the 10 best business locations in the U.S., Dallas recently has been ranked among the top 10 headquarters in the world for multinational companies. The city is a center of high technology, communications, the arts, the oil and gas industry, medicine and biomedical technology, retail and wholesale fashion, finance and insurance, and research and development.
Dallas is known for its pleasant Sunbelt climate, its diversified economy, and its quality of life. Independent surveys, including those conducted by the National Apartment Association, consistently rank Dallas as one of the most affordable major metropolitan areas in the nation. A recent survey named it as one of the 10 "most livable" cities in the world.
The city offers a range of recreational, sports, entertainment, and cultural opportunities, many of which are free of charge. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is an international gateway, and students can fly to most cities within the continental United States in three hours or less. Love Field, an airport within 10 minutes of the University, offers flights to many regional destinations.