Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Southern Methodist University’s beautiful campus is located near the heart of Dallas, Texas. Founded by the United Methodist Church, and celebrating its centennial, SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching. 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.

Visitor Information: Tour SMU

Stay: Perfectly located, The Lumen is right across from campus.  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.

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. Craving a classic Texas breakfast taco? Head to Good 2 Go Taco. 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. Don’t miss the chicken fajitas at Mia’s.

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 beinets 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 till the last minute to reserve.

Late Night Snack: Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams are famous for their no chemicals, no fillers mouth watering homemade treats.  The menu changes frequently,  but flavors like cookie butter and Nutella are usually offered. You can even top your ice cream with some bacon!

Local Attractions: 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. Check out the 13-acre park behind the George W. Bush Presidential Library. 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


Early Action/Decision









Admissions Office

PO Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275-0181

(p) (214) 768-2058
(f) (214) 768-0103

Wes Waggoner, Dean of 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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