Southern Methodist University, Dallas

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Southern Methodist University is a private research university in Dallas, University Park, and Highland Park, Texas. Founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, SMU operates satellite campuses in Plano, Texas, and Taos, New Mexico. SMU is owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Of the university's 11,643 students, 6,411 are undergraduates.HistoryThe university was chartered on April 17, 1911 by the five Annual Conferences in Texas of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Classes were originally planned to start in 1913 but were postponed until 1915.SMU was established as the attempt to relocate Southwestern University from Georgetown, Texas, to either Fort Worth or Dallas was unsuccessful. The first relocation effort by Polytechnic College president Hiram A. Boaz and spearheaded by Southwestern president Robert Stewart Hyer involved merging Southwestern with Polytechnic College (now Texas Wesleyan University). The post-merger university would retain the Southwestern name while occupying Polytechnic's campus in Fort Worth.
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  • Firstly, just walking around the Campus is an experience itself. It is absolutely beautiful, I believe it was recently voted the #1 college campus in the U.S., which I would agree with for sure. There...  more »
  • Beautiful Campus in the midst of one of the most attractive areas of Dallas. Within the Campus there is the Meadows Museum, which has an excellent collection of Spanish paintings. It is very pleasant to walk through the gardens.
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  • The George W. Bush Museum is on this campus, take a walk around, have a coffee and enjoy beautiful college campus.  more »
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  • If you can afford to attend a small private university, Southern Methodist University should be on your list of places to consider. The campus itself is beautiful with well-manicured landscaping. It's worth a night-time visit just to see the downtown Dallas skyline from the campus. The faculty is top caliber. However, this is not the place to go if you're on a limited budget, i.e. there's unlikely to be a positive return on your investment in the tuition if you have to borrow most of the funds to attend as student loans.
  • Beautifl and nice campus with good teachers (i was lucky enough to attend some courses there).. and u would love walking arround the campus it's clean, quit and beautiful
  • From what it sounds like the people who are supposed to support and protect their students failed miserably and supported a rapist instead of aiding the victim. The counselor who worked with Megan should be terminated.
  • Beautiful place to walk around. We had a great time showing our son the campus.
  • This campus is very well maintained and you get the traditional feeling of a university in the middle of a large city.If you have the opportunity to attend it is a great university.

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