What's Your Story?

Lifelong success begins at SMU.

SMU is a community of world changers – thinkers, creators, innovators and leaders who are invested in writing their own successful life stories. We’re here to help you start writing yours among ambitious peers and supportive professors who will push you to create the best version of yourself.

Think About Your Story

GlobeWho do you want to be?

ADVANCE PROFESSIONAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
At SMU, you can learn a new language, savor new foods, explore a different culture. Choose from more than 150 SMU Abroad programs in 50 countries to gain global skills.

DallasWhat are your ambitions?

LAUNCH YOUR CAREER
SMU is located near the heart of Dallas, and Dallas means business. It’s consistently ranked among the top 10 cities in the nation for new college graduates, making it a great place on the path to where you want to go.

RocketWhat do you love to do?

INVEST IN YOUR DREAMS
SMU students are visionaries who generate innovative solutions – from developing financing options for entrepreneurs in disadvantaged local communities to creating clean-water initiatives in refugee camps.

HandshakeWhere do you want to leave your mark?

CONNECT WITH SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI
Start your professional network at SMU with access to 117,000 successful alumni around the world, including 45,000 in the DFW region.

BookPeopleWhat are you eager to try?

CREATE KNOWLEDGE, EARN COURSE CREDIT
Through SMU’s Engaged Learning program, ambitious students complete undergraduate research and service projects, gaining career experience and credit toward their degrees.

ArtScienceWhat are your favorite subjects?

SHAPE YOUR COURSES TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
The flexibility of SMU’s University Curriculum allows you to pursue multiple areas of study, create your own path and gain the knowledge and industry connections you need to achieve career success.

MoneyIdeasWhat are you curious about?

THINK BIG
SMU gives big bucks for big solutions that improve life in Big D – up to $5,000 to each of 10 undergraduate interdisciplinary teams selected for Big iDeas research.

“I want to start my own company.”

Tell Your Story & Get Essay Tips

Your personal essay can help put you on track to the college of your dreams. We are excited to share our essay-writing tips with you! Just tell us your story, and we’ll email you a link to get the tips. We’ve included a few prompts to help you get started.

  • Hi, my name is
  • and I attend
  • in
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  • I will graduate in
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  • When I get to college, I plan to study
  • and I want to explore
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  • I really want to leave my mark by
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