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Southern Methodist University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 253 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 3 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

50% Women
50% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Conference USA

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $526,852)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $134,338)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined - 78 Yes -
Basketball 15 14 - Yes
Equestrian - 32 - -
Football 113 - - -
Golf 12 8 - -
Rowing - 36 Yes -
Soccer 28 27 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 31 25 - -
Tennis 15 10 Yes -
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes -
Baseball - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - - Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.1%
Hispanic 8.0%
Non-resident alien 8.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.6%
Two or more races Less than 0.1%
White/non-Hispanic 68.2%
Percent of students with disability 6%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 28
Liquor Law Violation 38
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 38
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Cameron
  • 4
  • i live in a suite-style room with a private bathroom and study room. the rooms are fairly large and the bathrooms are cleaned every week. my hall in particular does…

  • Jan-26-2012 Read More
  • Paige from Edmond, OK
  • 4
  • All-freshman dorms may seem like a nightmare waiting to happen, but they help incoming students meet many of their peers so that they can develop friendships. It's a hard transition…

  • May-18-2013 Read More
  • Gustavo from Dallas, TX
  • 4
  • Living on campus is extremely convenient and you get to meet so many people, and there is always something going on in each community.…

  • Jul-24-2013 Read More
  • Laura from Carrollton, TX
  • 5
  • it's so great. my residence hall is so community oriented that everyone knows each other and we have weekly get-togethers to just hang out. most all residence halls are like…

  • Feb-21-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Elisabeth from Dallas, TX
  • Jun-18-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is exceptional! All the servers and cooks were more than willing to provide help or hot meals. Lots of choices for vegan meals.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • May-22-2014 I am a current student here

    I love the options of einstein bagel, chick fil-A, starbucks, the market, food trucks, and other food opportunities on campus. Cafeteria dining is pretty good at first and then after the first semester of freshman year the food really isn't all that good. I believe umprhey lee isn't as good as it was when I went my freshman year due to new management. The school will now have a new cafeteria and I believe this cafeteria from the way it looks will have a lot to offer. There's also a another mini cafeteria on campus called Mac's place which also is being renovated. i believe these new dining areas will bring SMU's dining up. I will say Umph is probably better than the dining at other schools.

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  • 4
  • Kristina from Texas
  • Feb-14-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is very good most days! Never too crowded, and the chefs are very good at what they do. The selection is pretty nice too, with a lot of options for those that are vegetarian/vegan.

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  • 5
  • Christopher from Dallas, TX
  • Nov-15-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is great! I think everyone worries about campus dining options, but SMU offers a full 8-station buffet-style dining hall along with a late-night grill offering made-to-order burgers and grilled cheeses, pizza, and salads. The newest buildings on campus will provide a third option, a second dining hall, which will be two stories, offer outdoor dining, and have an even larger array of food for the campus. Plus, if it's really late and you're hungry, there are lots of nearby open-late options that deliver, including the most popular SMU option, Jimmy John's.

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  • 4
  • Dawn from Houston, TX
  • Nov-03-2013 I am a current student here

    It's school food, people. Granted, it's better than the food in high school, but they have to make a lot. Sometimes the food's actually pretty good, and other times, it's so-so. On the plus side, they have Chick-fil-A and Subway on campus as well as a Starbucks.

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  • 5
  • Brandon from TX
  • Oct-14-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is top notch. They offer everything from made-to-order omelets to vegan and gluten-free cuisine.

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  • 5
  • Wesleigh from Augusta, GA
  • Aug-16-2013 I am a current student here

    There are many dining opportunities available on campus as well as the street right off campus. Food selection every day is of a wide variety.

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  • 3
  • Ashley from Plano, TX
  • Aug-13-2013 I am a current student here

    For cafeteria food, the food is actually pretty good; the cafeteria also offers gluten-free selection. SMU also has a: Subway, Pizza Hut, Chick-a-fila, Einstein Bros. Bagles, and sushi bar. There are PLENTY of eateries walking distance or a short drive away from campus.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Kristina from Texas
  • Feb-14-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is not extremely important to participate in, but it is very prevalent on campus. I believe that 1/3 of the undergrad population is a member of a greek organization? No one will judge whether or not you decide to rush, so don't worry too much about it. There are reports of hazing, particularly for the fraternities, so I would be cautious about that. Ask around about it if you're seriously concerned. People more involved in greek life will probably have a better insight than I do.

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  • 0
  • Dawn from Houston, TX
  • Nov-03-2013 I am a current student here

    I'm not too sure about the Greek life here, but they start rushing in the second semester, which personally I think is good. It gives you a chance to get settled into your dorms and college-life before you have to start worrying about rushing and stuff.

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  • 0
  • Engineer from Dallas, TX
  • Aug-19-2013 I am a current student here

    SMU revolves around greek life. Almost 50% of the campus is greek and they are great organizations to be involved in.

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  • 0
  • Gustavo from Dallas, TX
  • Jul-24-2013 I am a current student here

    More than 60% of the students are Greek, the fraternities and sororities on campus are really wealthy and always throw great events and parties.

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  • 0
  • Johna from Eagle River, AK
  • May-26-2013 I am a current student here

    Very active on campus, runs the major party scene (but isn't the only way to have fun). It's a good way to meet people and make connections.

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  • 0
  • Paige from Edmond, OK
  • May-18-2013 I am a current student here

    Very large portion of school is Greek. However it is more important for guys to join than girls. Recruitment is in January which allows for potential new members to get to know all sororities and fraternities in the fall semester before rushing in the spring.

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  • 0
  • Eric from Carrollton, TX
  • May-15-2013 I am a current student here

    It feels like Greek Life is a huge part of the campus when in reality only a minority of students are actually associated.

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