By Caroline Hicks, Contributor (Class of 2015)
School Name: Southern Methodist University
Location: Dallas, TX
What are the academics like at your school?
SMU offers 7 different schools in Business, Arts, Science and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Theology and Education. Small class sizes and outside help offered at the Learning Resource Center make it a manageable academic experience.
What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?
Greek life is very popular at SMU, consisting of 18 IFC and Panhellenic fraternities and sororities. Due to SMU’s close proximity to downtown Dallas, nightlife includes both nearby campus bars and houses as well as clubs and bars downtown that are rented out by fraternities.
Describe the housing options at your school?
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. A brand new dorm commons just finished construction and will house its’ first students this coming fall 2014. Sophomore boys in fraternities can live in their fraternity house sophomore year. Sophomore girls in sororities can live in a dorm or in a panhellenic house which houses girls in all sororities. Junior and senior year girls live in their sorority houses (depending on the sorority.)
What do students complain about most?
Parking is lacking on-campus so it’s hard to find a spot if you commute to class.
Describe the students at your school.
Students come from ALL over the U.S. Texas, California, Illinois, Tennessee, New York … You will meet someone from every state. It’s a fun environment because you learn things about people from other places you never knew before.
What are dining options on campus and off campus?
Two on-campus dining halls as well as on-campus restaurants like Subway, Pizza Hut and Einstein Bagels give lots of flexibility for eating on-campus. Off-campus there is Hillcrest Ave right across from campus filled with a variety of options. Then of course the Dallas area has more restaurants and Tex-Mex then you could imagine!
What is your overall opinion of your school?
SMU is the perfect mix of urban and suburban settings, students from all over the country, and a wide variety of on-campus opportunities. It is the perfect size where it is not too big that you feel overwhelmed, but not too small where you know every face you see. Dallas is an exciting place to be and gives students the opportunity to have both a college and city experience!