Southern Methodist University
#303 Overall Influence#1324 Desirability Rank

Southern Methodist University

Private university in Dallas, Texas, United States

Southern Methodist University is a private research university in University Park, Texas, with satellite campuses in Plano, Texas and Taos, New Mexico. SMU was founded on April 17, 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South—now part of the United Methodist Church—in partnership with Dallas civic leaders. However, it is nonsectarian in its teaching and enrolls students of all religious affiliations. It is classified among “R-2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity”.

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Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

12,603

Acceptance

51%

Graduation Rate

79%

Median SAT Score

1370

Median ACT Score

31

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$48,364

Fees (in-state)

$6,128

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$28,924
30K-48K$23,256
48K-75K$28,401
75K-110K$31,664
110K+$44,440

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$77,900

Employed

90%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

10K

Under-Grads

7K

Graduates

3K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

6425 Boaz St, Dallas TX 75275-0221

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

13 per 100k

Violent Crime

1 per 100k

What is Southern Methodist University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#107 World Rank #58 USA Rank
Law
#139 World Rank #68 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#155 World Rank #75 USA Rank
Anthropology
#228 World Rank #83 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#107 World Rank #86 USA Rank
Business
#247 World Rank #112 USA Rank
Engineering
#161 World Rank #126 USA Rank
Communications
#240 World Rank #134 USA Rank
History
#290 World Rank #149 USA Rank
Education
#349 World Rank #150 USA Rank
Computer Science
#407 World Rank #155 USA Rank
Economics
#330 World Rank #165 USA Rank
Medical
#310 World Rank #167 USA Rank
Political Science
#334 World Rank #173 USA Rank
Psychology
#689 World Rank #207 USA Rank
Physics
#615 World Rank #236 USA Rank
Philosophy
#800 World Rank #328 USA Rank
Sociology
#576 World Rank #331 USA Rank
Social Work
#1107 World Rank #384 USA Rank
Chemistry
#965 World Rank #414 USA Rank
Biology
#1191 World Rank #458 USA Rank
Literature

Other areas of influence

#142 World Rank #106 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#402 World Rank #232 USA Rank
Nursing

Influential People

Who are Southern Methodist University's Most influential alumni?

Southern Methodist University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Law, Business, and Religious Studies. Southern Methodist University’s most academically influential people include Harriet Miers, Aaron Spelling, and Jayne Mansfield.

Harriet Miers
Harriet Miers

American lawyer

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Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling

American film and television producer

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Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield

American actress, singer, model

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E. P. Sanders

American biblical scholar

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Tom Beauchamp

American philosopher

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Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates

American film actress and director

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Gillian Triggs
Gillian Triggs

Australian legal scholar

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Jeffrey Skilling
Jeffrey Skilling

Former CEO of Enron Corporation

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James Cronin
James Cronin

American physicist

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James Hendler
James Hendler

Artificial intelligence researcher

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Chad Wolf
Chad Wolf

Acting United States Homeland Security Secretary

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James Lindsay Embrey, Jr.

American business executive, philanthropist

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