The Southern Methodist University is a private research institution in Texas featuring a liberal arts curriculum. The Dallas campus provides more than 200 areas of study to choose from, along with the Locomotor Lab to address scientific questions on biomechanics, the Deason Innovation Gym to build design skills and interdisciplinary work, and the Maneframe Supercomputer to crunch large scale data. Students can also study in a laboratory setting in New Mexico through the SMU-in-Taos experience or take advantage of the 140 study abroad programs. SMU is home to eight libraries, making its collection one of the largest private book collections in the US.
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SMU is a great fit for a wide variety of students. Currently ranked the #58 best college in the nation, SMU has a lot to offer its students from all of its different degree-granting institutions. I was a little weary about attending SMU at first due to its high cost and distance form home, but I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.
Dylan from Indiana
Southern Methodist University is a top notch school for students interested in business. The business program is excellent at placing students in internships and jobs. The school offers phenomenal scholarships, numerous extracurricular activities, and very caring professors.
Katherine from Renton, WA
SMU has everything: social sciences, dance, engineering, foreign languages, business, theater, pre-med, art, and more. Many students double-major or at least minor even across schools. It's also a good medium size with about 6,500 undergraduates and 5,000 graduates.