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Southern Methodist University


Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a research oriented higher learning institution in Texas, with campuses in Dallas, University Park and Highland Park. Chartered in 1911, the university maintains an affiliation with the United Methodist Church and carries the motto ‘the truth shall set you free’.

SMU was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church, in partnership with civic leaders, and was shaped by the entrepreneurial spirit of the region. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry. 

A nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located near the heart of Dallas. SMU's 11,000 students benefit from small classes, research opportunities, leadership development, internships, mentoring, international study and innovative programs. 

The University is strengthened by its partnership with the Dallas region, a global center of commerce and culture. The University’s location near the heart of Dallas – a thriving center of commerce and culture – offers students enriching experiences on campus and beyond. SMU students, faculty and alumni are changing the world through their chosen fields, civic engagement and service to society.

U.S. News National University Rankings 2016 placed SMU the 56th. Forbes report America's Top Colleges 2016 ranked it the 116th.

Relationships in the Dallas area provide a platform for launching careers throughout the world. 

Graduates of SMU have gone on to have successful careers in both the NFL and sports broadcasting, such as Don Meredith and Craig James. Alumni of SMU also include ten congressman and two US Senators, physicist and Nobel Laureate James Cronin, and Oscar winning actress Kathy Bates. In 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Library was opened on the Dallas campus.

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Academic specialism

The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools. 

Academics at SMU is divided into seven degree-granting schools:

  • Cox School of Business
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Dedman School of Law
  • Meadows School of the Arts
  • Perkins School of Theology
  • Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
  • Lyle School of Engineering

SMU is also home to one of the most esteemed Dance programs in the United States, offering both conservatory dance instruction and liberal arts education. Part of the course is an extensive visiting artists programme, giving students the opportunity to work with leading figures in the field. 

Science programs form an active part of study at SMU, and an example of the pioneering research performed is the investigation by the Department of Biology into membrane proteins that can ‘thwart’ chemotherapy treatment after recurrences of a cancer.

The most popular majors by the number of registered students are business/marketing, social sciences, communications/journalism, engineering, economics, finance, accounting, mathematics & statistics, psychology, sport and fitness management.

Among the best SMU schools is Cox School of Business, which has over 20 high rankings.

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Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz Lane Dallas,
United States
TX 75205
United States
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Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private research university in Dallas, University Park, and Highland Park, Texas. It is about 6 hours from Mexico border.