Southern Methodist University

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#181, overall score 34.92/100

Fun Fact:

SMU hosts both the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence, which studies consumer shopping behavior.

Why should Jewish students attend Southern Methodist University? “SMU is a wonderful, safe, welcoming place for Jewish students. We have a new Jewish Studies program and AEPi fraternity that work closely with Hillel. Our members are talented, caring and driven and they are committed to making Hillel strong at SMU. They work with me to develop a program of interesting and fun events each semester. Our students are leaders in every aspect of campus life from student government to residence and Greek life, to sports and a wide variety of clubs. At SMU, we are proudly nurturing and shaping the next generation of world leaders, at a campus that values its Jewish community.” - Rabbi Heidi Coretz, executive director, SMU Hillel


  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,521
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 350
  • Jewish population share: 5%
  • Student origin: 45% in-state / 55% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: SMU Daily
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Mustangs
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: EVO

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • Tuition: $52,498
  • Room & board costs: $16,910
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $25,180
  • Average loan debt: $32,468
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Donald J. Grossfeld Memorial Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 8.33/20

  • Score: 8.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 49%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Median SAT range: 1270-1440
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 8
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: No
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never proposed

SAFETY Score: 6.67/11

  • Score: 6.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 3.24/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 41.62/1,000 people (medium-high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 8.92/34

  • Score: 8.92/34
  • Hillel: SMU Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Hillel Friday night services: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (3 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Aaron Spelling
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over; 40% are from Texas.
  • Kosher food details: None.

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