4 out of 5 Stars
Class Availability, Involved Professors, and Networking Connections. Professor Besio is great.Downers
The academic advisors are not helpful for the most part. Also, take advantage of the Cox library resources.Comments
SMU is a great school to start attend if you are looking to work in Texas, especially DFW. The networking options are unbeatable.Would You Recommend
The people are unmatched. There are ample opportunities to network and the benefits of this network begin before you even start your full time career.Downers
The football team is terrible and student support for all sports except basketball is pretty apathetic.Comments
This school is more than just a pretty campus, it is a great way to start your career.Would You Recommend
The campus is beautiful. The life is awesome. The professors are accessible. But more than all of that, the connections you make at SMU are without compare. You will move forward with connections and opportunities of which others can only dream.Downers
SMU is a terribly challening school academically. As a result, it does not carry the same power that a Vanderbilt or Stanford B.A. would carry.Comments
Go visit the campus and talk to the students. See if you could picture yourself there or not. If it isn't for you, that's fine. But if it isn't, don't go to SMU. You will not reap the benefits.Would You Recommend
There is general education, and professors are very accessible. The business school is very competitive, study abroad is great!Quality of Life
It is expensive but safeAdmissions
Common app, early action, interview is optionalLevel
Academics are great.Admissions
It is hollistic.Level
Students are required to take a total of 41 hours in the general education curriculum. The 41 hours consist of Rhetoric, Mathematical Science, Information Technology, Wellness, Science and Technology, Perspectives, Cultural Formations and Human Diversity. Each major has their own degree requirements. Students are required to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes each semester. The average class size for an upper-classmen is about 15 to 20 students. The professors are always available to their students. Not only do professors have office hours during which they encourage students to stop by with questions, but the professors at SMU really show an interest in getting to know each and every one of their students personally. Often times, professors will provide their students with their cell phone numbers and students are free to call professors at any reasonable time. Research opportunities are constantly provided for students to take part in and the different opportunities are often posted in each departments main lobby or e-mail blasted to the student body. A lot of the professors have their Masters degree and have had experience working in the real business world in the field in which they are teaching which provides great insight in lectures. We currently have hundreds of study abroad opportunities for our students, as well as a semester at sea. Students have the opportunity to study abroad over the summer, fall, spring or for the entire academic school year. The workload is very heavy on students but the education that our students are receiving is phenomenal and is beneficial in becoming marketable in the real world after graduation.Quality of Life
On campus housing is wonderful. We have two all freshman residence halls as well 11 four-year residence halls. We have ten libraries on campus. Campus dining is awesome and the culinary staff does a wonderful job with switching out the food so the students are not eating the same things every day. SMU is conveniently located in prestigious Highland Park, a highly affluent neighborhood where families are eager to raise their children. SMU does not see a lot of criminal activity on campus as we are under three police jurisdictions.Admissions
The admissions process is very competitive for applicants. The admissions staff looks at an applicants application holistically, meaning that various things are taken into consideration, including grade point average, test scores, extracurricular activities and so on. Applicants are not required to interview with their admissions counselor but are highly encouraged to do so. Applicants have the opportunity to apply either for the early decision, early action or regular decision deadline. The admissions counselors are very much so available to applicants and are a wealth of information regarding financial aid and scholarship opportunities.Level
Academics at SMU are top notch. They require diligent work and the class sizes are great too. The Cox School of Business is competitive and a great school to be in.Quality of Life
Great quality of life at SMUAdmissions
I had to complete 1 unique essay and fill out an application for early decisionLevel
SMU prides itself on excellent academics and accessible professors. No classes are taught by teaching assistants and the professors are always easily accessible. Academic advising begins during the summer before your first semester and the advisors are always there to help out during all your years. There is a GEC comprised of infotech, science, math, cultural formation and "perspective" courses: classes designed for exploration and to get students out of their specific area of study to encourage growth in other areas. Each major is set up with the possiblity of double majoring or adding a minor, and some require that you do as such. The competitve environment is healthy. Everyone wants to succeed, but you are not stepping on everyone to do the best or wanting to cut others down. The staff also wants every student to succeed so they provide amazing opportunities for extra help and guidance. Academics are the focus of SMU and are incredible.Quality of Life
The quality of life at SMU is unsurpassed. The cost of living is higher than other institutions but it is well worth it. On campus housing is incredible with all recently renovated halls. Dining options are abundant both on and off campus. Food on campus is great for college food but the dining off campus is miles ahead as Dallas has the largest restaurant per capita ratio in the US. Crime is low and safety is high. As an only child female thousands of miles from home I have never felt unsafe on SMU's campus. There are great resources, SMU PD, the Giddy Up system and blue emergency call lights that make every student feel safe. The Park Cities area is wonderful: they embrace the SMU community, participate in homecoming, and are a modern small town complete with crossing guards after school for the kids. And Dallas is right down the road - giving the best of both worlds.
SMU is a school students want to be at, not somewhere that people just ended up - everyone has a passion, a dream and a desire to succeed. You're hard pressed to find anyone that would say they don't love SMU and don't have immense pony pride.Admissions
The application for admission is very straight-forward and simple. SMU does accept the common app for those wanting to take that avenue. There is no early decision option, only early action which is a great opportunity for students wanting their admission decision before the holiday season. Financial aid requires both the Collegboard CSS Profile as well as the FAFSA. With the application for admission, the student is automatically considered for all scholarships.Level
General Education Curriculum, major and minor degree requirements
Academic advising for first years and more specific advisors after a major is declared.
Average class size is 20 people; my smallest class was around 7, biggest around 80.
All professors are available to meet with during office hours and to fit the student's schedule.
Competitive in a friendly way: Everyone wants good grades, but are willing to help each other out.
Notable faculty: YES. Specifically, I had one history professor who was the first to uncover the Manhattan Project and received Professor of the year 2 years in a row at Princeton. Many of my professors work outside of teaching so they teach from real world experience (not just theories from the book, they bring in clients and speakers, and they give students real examples to work from)
Over 100 options for study abroad all over the world for summer months, semester long, and year long.Quality of Life
Everyone is very happy at SMU. Nice amenities, beautiful campus, safe neighborhood and location, great city amenities, wonderful shopping, close ties with Dallas community, on campus housing guaranteed but not required, dining halls are clean and tasty, 9 libraries + George W. Bush Presidential Library.Admissions
Common App, Texas Common App, and SMU Specific App accepted. The Common Apps have unique question and essay supplements. Early Action and regular decision available. Financial aid and scholarship available (75% have financial aid of some sort). Interviews available with your region's admission counselors (who are very helpful, informative, and personal.Level
There are core classes for your major, in addition to electives and CF classes (cultural formation). Class sizes are usually around 30 students (depending on what you study), and it is rare for classes to be more than 70 even as an intro class.Admissions
Students submitted the Common Application, and I believe there was a supplement as well. At first I was put on the wait-list to SMU, but later was accepted with a small academic/merit scholarship. The reason I was accepted was because I was persistent in showing interest, had reached a high level in athletics in high school, and had made honor role my senior year. I am a good student, and had to demonstrate that.Level