SMU is a private university of nearly 12,000 students close to the center of Dallas with a mission to expand knowledge through academic excellence and hands-on research while enriching the Dallas community. Our distinguished history, our vibrant region and our outstanding alumni all position SMU to play an increasingly important role in our community and world. In addition, our small student-to-faculty ratio, diverse student body, well-established athletics, dynamic campus life, and strong undergraduate, graduate and professional programs have led to our continuing rise in national rankings. SMU focuses on academic excellence in each of its seven schools: humanities and sciences; business; the performing, visual, and communication arts; engineering; education and human development; law and theology. With campuses in Dallas, Plano and Taos, New Mexico, SMU offers students compelling campus experiences. And our world-class faculty is comprised of professors who are some of the foremost experts and innovators in their fields.