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Southern Methodist University, Dallas

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4.5/5 based on 240+ 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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  • Beautiful campus in the heart of Dallas right off highway 75. The campus is very easy to walk (must better because parking is a challenge). Loved the building and how they all went together and how mo...  read more »
  • Have been a member for over 20 tears. Great speakers. The variety and quality is outstanding. Only complaint is too much traffic and socializing on the stairwells making for a potential danger. 
  • This campus is one of the more attractive in the country. It is compact but walkable and consistent in the architectural style. 
  • I went on a summer fieldtrip and I saw the jim there was subway and more so cool and awsome.
  • It's the perfect place for preppy, basic, spoiled, upper class kids who are obsessed with Greek life. If you want any kind of open mindedness, diversity, kindness or a sense of community within a university, turn and run as fast as you can. I'm counting down the days until I graduate and I hope you don't make the same mistake I did by choosing to come here. While we do have one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen, that alone is not enough to make up for their blatant lack of respect for students. All they care about is getting the next batch of paying students in so they can continue building bigger and better structures to attract more paying customers with no regard to current students or their needs. This self fulfilling cycle of pessimism and greed will drive this school to the ground one day. At least I hope so.
  • I graduated a couple of years ago. I loved what the school had to offer, but as an intellectual who loves meeting various new people, it was hard for me socially. The school provides a good education in whatever your major is. I was disappointed in the classes for non-majors, though. Make sure you meet students in the program's you're interested in because each program is different. The campus is gorgeous. Good amenities. A plethora of resources -- it's even pretty easy to win a scholarship or grant to fund a project you may be working on. Even I, a student with a 2.0 gpa at the time (I should have dropped a few classes and changed my major to something I really loved but that's another story) was able to get funding for my projects just by being able to propose a well presented idea. Lots of opportunities at this school to create a movement, project, invention, masterpiece or stake your own claim to fame. The other students you encounter fall into the trap of trying to impress the dallas and California born blue bloods (aka rich kids who never learned how to do their own laundry until first day of school -- until they figure out there is a laundry service on campus). You have to make an effort to find a variety of students. You need to choose the right major for you, interact with the art students, join organizations you can learn from and care about and try to befriend your professors and teachers aides as they can become life long friendships. This school has a ton of opportunities. Make use of it. Make as much effort as you can to surround yourself with positive people of all walks of life and ages. This school can either break your bank or make you into a young adult with command, charisma, intellect and influence. :)
  • Highest caliber of students second to Rice in Texas. Amazing campus. Great connections. Great academics. Pony up!
  • Regularly voted as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, it draws visitors from all over the world: George W Bush Presidential Library, Competitive Dance programs, World renowned engineering, and athletics program with storied past. Come by and see Dallas Hall.
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