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Aspirational Peer Universities
Aspirational universities are a comparison group of which we would like to compare ourselves. The characteristics of these schools are those SMU aspires to compare favorably with.

BOSTON COLLEGE
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
 
TULANE UNIVERSITY
New Orleans, Louisiana
 
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
Waltham, Massachusetts
 
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame, Indiana
 
CARNEGIE MELLON   UNIVERSITY
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
Rochester, New York
 
EMORY UNIVERSITY
Atlanta, Georgia
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles, California
 
LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
Lehigh, Pennsylvania
 
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
Nashville, Tennessee
 
TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Medford, Massachusetts
 
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Cohort Peer Universities
These universities are those defined as operationally comparative.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Washington, D.C.
 
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
Malibu, California
 
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Waco, Texas
 
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Syracuse, New York
 
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Boston, Massachusetts
 
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
Fort Worth, Texas
 
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
Bronx, New York
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
Denver, Colorado
 
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Washington, D.C.
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Coral Gables, Florida
 
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Colonial Group
The Colonial Group is a consortium of fourteen universities formed by the Provosts of the universities, and supported by the Institutional Research offices through data exchanges and information sharing.

BOSTON COLLEGE
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
 
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
Dallas, Texas
 
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Boston, Massachusetts
 
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Syracuse, New York
 
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
Waltham, Massachusetts
 
TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Medford, Massachusetts

 
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Washington, D.C.
 
TULANE UNIVERSITY
New Orleans, Louisiana
 
LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
Lehigh, Pennsylvania
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Coral Gables, Florida
 
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
New York, New York
 
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
South Bend, Indiana
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Boston, Massachusetts
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
Winston-Salem, North Carolina