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| Get the fuck out. If you don't join a frat, you will have no life. Great opportunities yes, if you can afford to come here. Either be on scholarship or have the 200k+ it costs to come here and you can enjoy the pretty women that look like lawn ornaments or the douchbag frat stars that run the school. Remember the only ones who don't join are the ones who've been arrested and are banned or can't make the grades to rush. Cocaine is huge in most of the frats. I transferred out of here by the way |
|May 10 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
SMU is a good school.|
If you are an average student then you will be getting one heck of an education. Every professor I have taken so far has shown an interest in me and my well-being. If you do your research and ask around you can get the professor and classes you want.
There are so many ways to get involved at SMU! This school heavily caters toward freshman and as soon as you are admitted you will get bombarded with opportunities to get involved. I was on community council, was officer of a club, and held down a campus job in just my first year. It can be intimidating at first but if you take advantage of your freshman status and apply for positions, I gaurantee you will make a name for yourself that will pay off when you are a senior.
This is a gorgeous campus! Seriously, SMU has the big bucks and they go all out for celebrations. This was the school's 100th anniversary and they had fireworks, free cupcakes, and basically lit up all of Dallas Hall. The layout of the campus is great too. Not confusing and you really get the sense you are in a community. It is weird to think that by driving 15 minutes off campus, you would be in the heart of Dallas. SMU definitely has it's own vibe despite being in a big city. The weather is very nice. It can get really humid and hot near summer months, but for the most part it stays in the low 70s.
Attitude/Reputation: Southern Millionaires University. That is the title that gets tossed around a lot. The truth is... you DO NOT have to be rich to be accepted. There are definitely certain stereotypes on campus. Greek life is a really big deal. I am not a part of Greek life, but I still go to parties and i have a lot of friends who are Greek. Yes there are a lot of rich kids, yes it is a super conservative school, yes there are a lot of people in love with George Bush, but everyone is really super nice. Trust me, they have their opinions but they are not going to shove it down your throat.
Everyone is really polite and sweet. Guys hold open the door for you, teachers ask how your weekend was, and the staff get to know you really well. It must be southern hospitality. THE FRIENDLINESS OUTWEIGHS THE STEREOTYPES.
If you can't accept these groups or don't want to deal with them, then you will have a hard time getting around. Accept them, and they will accept you. They are more than what they seem. Here them out and try not to judge. If you can do this, you will be just fine. It can be a bit tricky to find the group of friends you are most comfortable with, but get involved on campus and people will be sure to find you.
|Apr 27 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
|Not so bright|
| I am out of state, graduated with 4.6 on a 4.0 GPA scale, and was petrified of the stereotypes that SMU is plagued with when I first decided to attend. I am on a Hunt scholarship (2/3 of tuition) and do not care about/refuse to spend money on the latest designer fashions. After my first week at SMU, I realized that those stereotypes are completely ridiculous. Yes, you will notice that some people have money, but no one talks about it because it just isn't that rare or cool. It is not a focus at all. I am a proud owner of a ton of clothing from forever 21 and other inexpensive stores and have never once felt judged at all for my clothing. Simply, no one cares. Some of the wealthiest people I have met have been the most modest and friendly. Anyone flaunting money is just insecure and is an anomaly here at SMU. Also, since so many kids have such hard-working and successful parents, they strive to be just like them and have learned so much from them already before they even come to school. So please PLEASE do not let the fear of needing designer clothing dissuade you from coming here because it is completely falsified and you would be denying yourself a great opportunity for everything from a great/fun education to an amazing alumni network. |
At SMU, you are so much more than just a number. My largest class had 100 kids and that was only because it was a general education course. All my other classes had about 20 kids and every teacher knew me personally. They are also always available for office hours and genuinely want to help. They are all extremely well educated and want to pass their knowledge onto you. I still go visit some of my old teachers and one even got me an internship over my winter break of my freshman year. SMU teachers are very well connected and will never treat you as just a number.
The campus and students are equally amazing. Not only is the campus aesthetically pleasing, but it is full of newly renovated facilities and top of the line resources. You will never feel like things are not kept up at this school. The students are also very driven and genuinely fun to be around. As a member of the business school and the honors program, I have loved debating and studying with my classmates. They are all willing to learn and have really big dreams for the future that they pursue wholeheartedly. Most had also been offered places at other highly regarded other schools, but chose SMU for its fantastic programs and opportunities. We are all very proud to be Mustangs and we WANT you to come on campus and let us show you around. I also LOVE the Southern hospitality around here. It is so fun and I have the best conversations with people I have never even met. Simply you can't beat it. SMU is the perfect size to where you still see your friends and friendly faces on campus, but you won't know everyone within the first month of being here. This school is full of amazingly smart and friendly students and faculty who are so proud to be associated with this school. Not to be corny but iIf you take anything from my post, just remember, SMU is a place where you can be whoever you want to be. You can be a business scholar, an artist, a greek system member, a human rights activist, a sports star, a church leader, a scientist, or ANYTHING. Come to SMU and you'll find a great group of kids who you'll love
|Apr 23 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |