Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Southern Methodist University’s beautiful campus is located near the heart of Dallas, Texas. The University shares a close relationship with the city of Dallas and all it has to offer. This is a social school with an abundance of school spirit. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.


Stay: The Lumen |  Breakfast: Bread Winners

Lunch: Dive  | Dinner: Mr. Mesero

Visitor Information: Daily Visits and Weekend Visits available year round! Tour SMU

Stay: Perfectly located, The Lumen is right across from campus.  Another top choice is The Highland. Hip, chic and convenient, The Joules offers stellar service with a boutique ambiance. Another small, cool hotel with great Southern hospitality is Hotel ZaZa. The Adolphus is one of the more luxurious hotels in Dallas featuring beautiful four-poster beds and high tea daily.

Coffee: If you are staying at The Joules, Weekend is a small coffee shop inside the hotel serving off the charts espresso. Union Coffee delivers the freshest coffee in a nice open space. Cultivar Coffee is situated right next to Hypnotic Donuts – need we say more? Grab a pastry and coffee and your day is off to a good start. Enjoy locally roasted coffee in a house filled with curated books of fiction and poetry at The Wild Detective. Nekter is a healthy juice bar that is right by campus. If you are feeling rushed, there are three Starbucks right on campus.

Breakfast: Perfect for breakfast, go to Smoke for the Smoked Brisket Cornbread Hash with poached eggs. German style deli Kuby’s dishes homemade smoked pork chops and eggs. You will love breakfast at Bread Winners - especially if you order the legendary jalapeño bacon and cheddar waffle!  If you happen to be in Dallas on the weekend, definitely go to Double Wide for a late brunch and a Bloody Mary!

Lunch: Close to campus, head to Dive Coastal Cuisine. East Hampton Sandwich Shop has good sandwiches, soups, and salads. In Highland Village, got to, Royal Blue Grocery - a great little cafe. Don’t miss the chicken fajitas at Mia’s. A little further from campus, drive to  Cane Rosso serving the best pizza in Dallas.

BBQ Spots: We could not pick one or two so here is a list of some favorite BBQ joints – for great sausage try Cattlerack. Expect a long line at Pecan Lodge, but it’s worth it – try the fried ribs! Sammy’s BBQ is across from ZaZa’s, and famous for its brisket served on Fridays. Slow Bone offers specialty BBQ like tacos and tamales stuffed with smoked brisket. Mac’s BBQ is a staple in Dallas. Probably on every pit master’s list is Lockhart serving some of the best BBQ in town.



Casual: For the best Chicken Fried Steak, go to Tillman’s. A solid burger joint is Off Site Kitchen. Shrimp and grits are a slam-dunk at Hatties. Boulevardier offers French inspired fare such as the crawfish beignets which are not to be missed. Get the frozen margaritas and tacos at Ojeda's.


A Step Up: For delicious Vietnamese food, go to La Me. If you are in the mood for Tex-Mex (and you should be while in Texas) head to Mr. Mesero – probably the best in Dallas. Cafe Pacific, Knife, and Al Biernats are good choices for a steak dinner. Italian restaurant, Lucia, gets booked quickly so don’t wait until the last minute to reserve.

Sweets: Milk and Cream are famous for their Panini style ice cream sandwiches.  You can even top your ice cream with some Cinnamon Toast Crunch! Is this instal-worthy? You betcha!

Local Attractions: Right on campus, visit the Meadows Museum. The George W. Bush Presidential Library is worth a visit too - a museum housing the presidential archives of the Bush Administration. Check out the 13-acre park behind the library too. There is a strong art presence in Dallas. Some favorites include Perot Museum, Crow Center and Nasher Sculpture Center. If you enjoy music, take in a concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center.  For a taste of local music, head to Sons of Hermann Hall.


SMU provides a typical campus feel to a city surrounding; there is always something to do because of being centered in Dallas.
— Charlotte






School Colors

Blue & Red

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


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Admissions Office

PO Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275-0181

(p) (214) 768-2058

Elena D. Hicks,Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Executive Director of Enrollment Services

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Payne Stewart
Laura Bush
John Culberson

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