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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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  • I was staying across the highway for a business meeting and had the opportunity to walk about the campus in the early morning, and was most impressed by how stellar the university presented itself ......  more »
  • It s said that you get what you pay for . In some cases that is true. Very attentive professors, but demanding programs.  more »
  • Lots of gre3n space inn the campus center and nicely landscaped. Occasional water fountain features adds to the beauty of the campus. The buildings have a unique, clean architectural style worth seein...  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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