As a private, comprehensive university enriched by its United Methodist heritage and its partnership with the Dallas Metroplex, Southern Methodist University seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, technical, ethical and social development of a diverse student body. SMU offers undergraduate programs centered on the liberal arts; excellent graduate, professional and continuing education programs; and abundant opportunities for access to faculty in small classes, research experience, international study, leadership development and off-campus service and internships, with the goal of preparing students to be contributing citizens and leaders for our state, the nation and the world.
SMU comprises seven degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Meadows School of the Arts, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, Dedman School of Law and Perkins School of Theology.
Founded in 1911 by what is now the United Methodist Church, SMU is non-sectarian in its teaching and is committed to the values of academic freedom and open inquiry.
The University has 104 buildings, a total enrollment that has averaged more than 10,000 the past 10 years, a full-time faculty of 656 and assets of $2.26 billion – including an endowment of $1.36 billion (market value, June 30, 2008).
Offering only a handful of degree programs at its 1915 opening, the University presently awards baccalaureate degrees in more than 80 programs through fiv undergraduate schools and a wide variety of graduate and professional degrees through those and professional schools. of the 10,965 students enrolled for the 2008 fall term, 6,240 were undergraduates and 4,725 were graduate and professional students. The full-time equivalent enrollment was 6,073 for undergraduates and 3,121 for graduate and professional students.
Of the 10,965 students enrolled for the 2008 fall term, 6,240 were undergraduates and 4,725 were graduate and professional students. The full-time equivalent enrollment was 6,073 for undergraduates and 3,121 for graduate and professional students.
Nearly all the students in SMU’s first class came from Dallas County, but now 47 percent of the University’s undergraduate student body comes from outside Texas. In a typical school year, students come to SMU from every state, from 92 foreign countries, and from all races, religions and economic levels.
Undergraduate enrollment is 54 percent female. Graduate and professional enrollment is 44 percent female.
A majority of SMU undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. In 2008–09, 77 percent of first-year students received some form of financial aid, and 25 percent of first-year students received need-based financial aid.
Management of the University is vested in a Board of Trustees of civic, business and religious leaders – Methodist and non-Methodist. The founders’ first charge to SMU was that it become not necessarily a great Methodist university, but a great university.