Southern Methodist University

Graduates: 4644
Undergraduates: 6357
Graduates: 4644
Setting: Medium four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $38,870.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $38,870.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1935 / 29 / 3.65
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 50:50
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Methodist Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 52%

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private research university in University Park, a separate city inside the borders of Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, SMU operates satellite campuses in Plano, Texas, and Taos, New Mexico. SMU is owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. 7,000 of the University's 12,000 students are undergraduates.

Southern Methodist University will create, expand, and impart knowledge through teaching, research, and service, while shaping individuals to contribute to their communities and excel in their professions in an emerging global society. Among its faculty, students, and staff, the University will cultivate principled thought, develop intellectual skills, and promote an environment emphasizing individual dignity and worth. SMU affirms its historical commitment to academic freedom and open inquiry, to moral and ethical values, and to its United Methodist heritage.

The university was chartered on April 17, 1911 by the five Annual Conferences in Texas of the United Methodist Church. Classes were originally planned to start in 1913 but were postponed until 1915. SMU was established as the unsuccessful attempt to relocate Southwestern University from Georgetown, Texas, to either Fort Worth or Dallas. The first relocation effort by Polytechnic College president Hiram A. Boaz and spearheaded by Southwestern president Robert Stewart Hyer involved merging Southwestern with Polytechnic College (now Texas Wesleyan University).

The post-merger university would retain the Southwestern name while occupying Polytechnic's campus in Fort Worth. Central Campus Quadrangle, Southern Methodist University (postcard, circa 1915-1924) The merger never came to fruition, primarily because the Dallas Chamber of Commerce set up a committee to raise funds and entice Southwestern to relocate to Dallas. This proposal gained considerable traction since Southwestern was operating a medical school in Dallas. Plans were drawn for the campus's first building, Memorial Hall, which inspired SMU's first building, Dallas Hall. Southwestern's trustees rejected the relocation plan, prompting Hyer's resignation and move to Dallas to establish Southern Methodist University. SMU retained close connections to Southwestern and Polytechnic.

Southwestern president Hyer became SMU's first president and Hiram A. Boaz, a Southwestern graduate, resigned as president of Polytechnic to become SMU's second president. Polytechnic attempted to become a feeder school of SMU before becoming a women's college. SMU acquired Southwestern's medical school in Dallas and operated it until 1915. Southwestern and SMU were athletic rivals until Southwestern became a small liberal arts college. The effort to establish a new university in Dallas drew the attention of the General Conference of the Methodist Church, which was seeking to create a new connectional institution in the wake of a 1914 Tennessee Supreme Court decision stripping the church of authority at Vanderbilt University. The church decided to support the establishment of SMU and dramatically increase the size of Emory University at a new location in DeKalb County, Georgia. At the 1914 meeting of the General Conference, SMU was designated the connectional institution for all Conferences west of the Mississippi River.

Urban, 230 acres (University Park, TX), 295 acres (Taos, NM), 18.4 acres (Plano, TX)

John W. Bryant U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-97 Jim Chapman U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-97 James M. Collins U.S. House of Representatives, 1968-83 John Culberson U.S. House of Representatives Bob Franks U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey Ralph Hall U.S. House of Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson U.S. House of Representatives Sam Johnson U.S. House of Representatives Robert Krueger U.S. Senator from Texas Dennis Moore U. S. House of Representative from Kansas Lamar S. Smith U.S. House of Representatives John Tower U.S. Senator from Texas.


Chief_administrator: R Gerald Turner (President)
Phone: 2147682000
Geographic region: Southwest AZ NM OK TX
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Undergraduate application fee: $60.00
Graduate application fee: $75.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No