For more than 100 years, SMU has shaped minds, explored the frontiers of knowledge and fostered an entrepreneurial spirit across its degree-granting schools.

Explore these stories of Mustangs who have been shaped by unbridled experiences on the University’s beautiful campuses and in the dynamic city of Dallas – and become world-changing leaders in their professions and communities.

“My son had Ivy League ambitions, but the way he was cared for, coached, inspired and challenged by SMU staff, faculty and peers was beyond all expectations. We are eternally grateful to SMU.”

– Brad Elledge, father of Nick Elledge ’11

More SMU World Changers

Community change agent

As the son of Kurdish refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his college experience. Before he graduated from SMU, he triple majored, managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job.

Breathing new life into an industry

Jack Reynolds ’15, Edward Allegra ’16 and Miguel Quimbar ’17 came to SMU as strangers. Together, they founded a company that will change their lives and the lives of other asthma patients.

Game changer

Avery Acker ’16 was the Academic All-American of the Year for all of Division I volleyball. She chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

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SMU’s singular approach to integrating rigorous learning with hands-on experience will prepare you to achieve your educational goals and expand your world in ways you never imagined. Ours is a community of people forging their own paths. We’d like to help you shape yours.

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If you’re putting to use what you learned at SMU to change your world, we want to know about it. Did you create a business or shepherd a transformation in your organization? Lead change in your community, neighborhood or family? Please tell us how you and your fellow Mustangs are making a difference – and how your SMU experience shaped you.

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