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Southern Methodist University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
6,116
Total Undergrads
Including 253 Part-time
1,479
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 3 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

50% Women
50% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-A

Conference USA

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

6
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $526,852)
9
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 -

Diversity

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%
Disabilities
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
Living
  • 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
Other
  • 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
  • Dylan from Indiana
  • 4
  • SMU has recently changed the way its on-campus housing works so that all freshmen and sophomores live on campus. There are a decent number of dorms, all of which are…

  • Oct-20-2014 Read More
  • 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
  • Christopher from Dallas, TX
  • 4
  • The oldest residence halls on campus can be pretty sketchy (no cable, old furniture, small rooms), but campus-wide renovations are in the works to ensure that every student has a…

  • Nov-15-2013 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Kayla from Cedar Hill, TX
  • Apr-21-2017 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I have participated in camps on the campus and the dining on campus is amazing better than most universities.

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  • 4
  • Anon18
  • Dec-26-2016 I am a current student here

    There are 2 dining halls and one fast food joint which are part of the meal plan. The food is good, but a bit redundant after a while.

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  • 5
  • Gillian from Milford, TX
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Though, yes, cafeteria food is cafeteria food, SMU really makes an effort to have decent food on campus.

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  • 1
  • Alyssa from Dallas, TX
  • Dec-12-2014 I am a current student here

    SMU food and dining services are the worst experience of SMU. The employees are rude and not knowledgeable. They do not work well with people who have dietary restrictions due to food allergies. I am very unhappy with SMU dining and I think every perspective student should strongly consider their food options before coming to SMU, because they will have nothing to eat on campus.

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  • 5
  • Dylan from Indiana
  • Oct-20-2014 I am a current student here

    SMU has perfected the art of college dining. There are two main dining halls (one at each end of campus), both of which serve their full menus all day. The food changes every day, but they have a number of food items that are available each day. The cafeterias are separated into different stations with their own types of food including pizza, made to order omelets, a custom deli sandwich station, international, southern comfort, and other categories of food. The staff is extremely friendly and there are a variety of seating arrangements from comfortable two person booth to 12 person tables. There is another dining place on campus called Mac's Place which is open late at night and has hamburgers, pizza, and other conveniences which are on the meal plan. There are also a number of restaurants on campus that use flex dollars (which can be purchased at discount rates and put onto your student account) including Subway, Chick Fil A, Pizza Hut, Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks, and more.

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  • 3
  • Katherine from Renton, WA
  • Oct-06-2014 I am a current student here

    The older dining facility, which has been newly renovated is an excellent place to find any kind of food you are craving. This facility offers numerous choices for every preference. The newer facility specializes in healthy food choices and also has numerous choices. In this newer facility there is usually something to eat, however, the choices are more limited than those of the older facility.

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  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Anon18
  • Dec-26-2016 I am a current student here

    Most people are involved in Greek life, but it is not the only thing SMU offers.

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  • 0
  • Gillian from Milford, TX
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    As mentioned previously, Greek life is a big part of the campus. There are a lot of different types of Sororities and Fraternities. Just this semester another Christian sorority: Sigma Phi Lambda!

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  • 0
  • Dylan from Indiana
  • Oct-20-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is a huge part of SMU. I personally never took part in rush, but I know many people who enjoyed it. I have heard that it is very selective and expensive, though. I was originally worried about feeling left out for not rushing but there are still a large number of people who do not partake in greek life.

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  • 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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