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Southern Methodist University, Dallas
(4.5/5 based on 260 reviews on the web)
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've previously visited SMU during a high school trip and was absolutely smitten with the campus. The grounds are very well-maintained and it's clear they put a lot of investment into the aesthetics -...  more »
  • SMU is a destination for Dallas visitors. The Meadows Museum of Art has the largest private collection of Spanish art in the United States. The gallery is never crowded, well-lit and the docents are k...  more »
  • Ok campus. I thought it would be prettier. University of Texas and Texas Christian University are more beautiful campuses. 
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  • A girl who has suffered the loss of her hero father has been embarrassed by SMU simply because her dad wore blue. SMU thought it would be insensitive to some of their students because Trump was recently elected and showing any favoritism towards police would be too much for their students to handle. Shame on the SMU administration, your apology was not sincere nor was your excuse believable.
  • I am truly fortunate to have seen the article regarding Officer Smith’s daughter. My father, who was born in Texas and lived in Dallas, recommended the college to my daughter to further her education as her new job took her to the Dallas area. As a police officer I forwarded this story to my daughter to advise her of the pathetic, cowardly and disgusting bigotry held by the staff in this college toward police officers and to dissuade her from even considering going there.
  • I would give it zero stars but I had to choose something. The President of this University should be fired. This University represents everything that is wrong with this Country. To think it's insensitive to have a 14 year old who just lost her father (a hero I might add) to be the Honorary first is deplorable. This University is insensitive. Shame on you!!!!!
  • Small classes that allow teacher-student interaction. Great faculty and leaders. Wonderful students.
  • I don't have to visit this University to know it warrants actually less than one star. You're administration is so cowardly that they deny a 14 year girl a chance to honor her slain police officer father at a volleyball game. Afraid of being insensitive? That man was a Dallas police officer killed in the line of duty. SMU is in Dallas! How insensitive to that family. What a way to show law enforcement and public safety employees that they aren't worth one ceremonial serve at a volleyball game. One! Then to backslide later and offer an after game brief meeting for autographs. What a slap in the face again. Now it's OK, just don't be seen, young lady. Grow a pair, SMU. Do what is right and not what is politically correct in case someone has a hissy fit. Better yet, strap on a badge and ride along for a few days with the Dallas PD to see what these men and women deal with on a day to day basis. THEN make a judgment about their job. Get off the campus, turn off your TV and walk in the real world we all have to for once. You might be surprised how the world works outside of the ivory tower.