College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:57:51Z
I have not participated in nightlife much because I don't drink. But the parties I have been to have been easy to get to and a lot of fun! There isn't too much pressure to drink, but you have to be willing to say no when someone offers. All the parties I have been to were free. You need to have a fake ID to get a drink, or know someone who can get you one. The bars are strict about selling drinks to people underage, if they catch you they may take your fake ID. So be careful if you decide to go that route.
I usually go out to restaurants with my friends and we will walk around the mall or hang out at an upperclassman's apartment. Clubs and bars aren't my scene and I prefer spending time with my friends and strangers anyway.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:51:37Z
I am a computer science and math double major. I've enjoyed how we jump right in as freshman. Spring of my freshman year I took a class where we built and programmed an autonomous robot that found water, tested it for pH and could fix it if necessary. AS FRESHMAN!! That is unheard of at most engineering schools. It is a lot of work though, but that is true at any engineering school. All the facilities are top notch (built/remodeled in the last 10 years) and most labs are available to undergraduates. The engineering school has its own career center, separate from the universities. They are great at resumes and internship and co-op searches. There are lots of opportunities for field experience and resume building. The Innovation Gym allows students to work on individual or group projects that can be school related or not. Its basically an engineers paradise. You can create anything you want! It has a 3D printer, laser cutter, wires, soldering supplies, paint, multimeters, and basically any other building material you can think of!
College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:51:37Z
There are a wide variety of majors offered. For freshman it can be hard to get the class you want because we are the last to register. Lots of people study abroad (not as much in engineering) and internship are readily available (at least they are in the engineering school). The professors are very personal. All of mine have known my name. They are also very willing to help. We asked my calculus professor if he would hold a final exam review session, he decided to have us all over to his house for "Pizza and Calculus Party". Office hours can be tricky if they conflict with your classes, but if you email the professor they usually can make arrangements to talk with you.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:15:42Z
Campus is located between 3 strip malls filled with food, all of which are in walking distance. If you take a bus or car then there are endless options. Dallas and Highland Park are filled with great restaurants!
College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:13:22Z
I've lived in north Texas my whole life so the weather doesn't faze me. But some common complaints are the "bipolar" nature of the weather. It can be 70 degrees one day and an ice storm the next (this did happen my freshman year…). Bring clothes for 100 degrees, 20 degrees, and rain. You'll need it all. But honestly, the weather is fine. Those are the extremes and most days it is somewhere in between. Just be prepared for anything.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:10:30Z
Health & Safety:
There are plenty of people who drink, as with any college, but I personally don't. I have only had one issue with an overly drunk person and that was in the first month of school. As the year continued parties lessened, thus the drinking lessened. Sexual assaults do happen, but not very often. Usually it is at an off campus party where the girl got too drunk. If you are safe with the amount you drink you will most likely not have this issue. As for drugs, my freshman year the room at the end of the hall had some. It would make the hall smell, but that was the worst it did. I've never felt like drugs or drinking were being forced on me. Even with these issues I have never self un-safe. However, there is always someone to talk to if you do. Whether it be a friend, RA, or professional.
Safety on campus is great. There are lots of escorts to take you to the library, cafeteria, or anywhere else you need to go on campus. I have never felt un-safe while being here.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:02:40Z
I am a computer science and math double major. It takes up a lot of time, but I enjoy it so it doesn't bother me. Engineering and Arts Performance/Education majors don't have a lot of time to take classes for fun, but that is not common in the university. Most majors it seems take as many electives as they do for their major.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T16:00:14Z
Campus is located 10 minutes from Love Field airport and 25 minutes from DFW. The bus runs to Love Field, but it can be a challenge to get suitcases on the bus. My recommendation is ask someone with a car to give you a ride to either airport. People are more than willing to help. That goes for getting to the train station or bus station. The Mustang Express runs to these places, but it can be simpler just to ask a friend. Not everyone has a car, in fact most on campus don't. But enough do that it is not a problem to find a ride.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T15:56:34Z
I am in the band so I go to a lot of the varsity sports events. Attendance by students isn't huge, but enough to make a presence. I came from a top notch football team in high school where the whole town went to the games so coming here was a bit of a shock. But it is really what you make of it. If you go to the games you will always have a great time, and if you don't then that is your choice.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T15:52:25Z
The only complaint I have is with the new general education requirements. There are fine for non-engineering students, but it is causing the engineering students to struggle to graduate. A lot of work has been put in the lessen the load on the engineering kids and I am confident that it will get resolved in the next year. But, it has been an unforeseen hassle
College Freshman 2013-12-08T15:50:25Z
People who live off campus sometimes complain about the parking, probably because those who live on campus end up getting first dibs. The only time there is any large complaints is on game day because all cars have to be moved to the garage on the far side of campus
College Freshman 2013-12-08T15:47:08Z
As an engineer there are computer labs readily available, though I can't speak for the other colleges on campus. It is not required that you have a computer, but it would be a hassle to go to the labs every time you want to work on an essay. As an engineering major I get 300 free pages for printing in the engineering labs so I haven't paid attention to the cost of printing. I don't think the other colleges have this offer though.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T15:43:19Z
Just by applying you get put in the pool for university wide academic scholarships! In addition you get put in the pool for scholarships within your major, so don't put undecided if you have even the slightest idea of what you could do. There are also a few scholarships through the university that require application. Overall the school is extremely generous!!
College Freshman 2013-12-08T15:41:07Z
It can be hard to travel off campus without a car, but there is a lot going on in Dallas!
College Freshman 2013-12-03T05:02:12Z
Dallas is fun and has a LOT to do.
Campus safety is a bit of a problem. I'm always getting emails about a sexual assault. There's a mall right down the highway. On the bus it's like 30 mins. Driving a car, 8 mins.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T05:00:32Z
It is not difficult to get around without a car. A bus pass for the year = $5.
Typical bus path for a month = $80.
There are taxis outside SMU every night. Uber is a popular method of transportation. Buses come through SMU & will take you around the area and to Mockingbird station.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:58:46Z
It's a huge minority, basically.
It's also way to much trouble.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:57:37Z
There is good food on campus. Once it's past 12 you're out of luck though, but just keeps some small stuff in your dorm for those late nights. Umphs has good quality and it has healthy and vegan options. A cereal bar. A salad bar. Hot cocoa machine. Ice cream machine. A dessert station. Omelette station. International food station. Etc. It closes at 8 though. Mac's place is open until 12. Less healthy, but yummmyyyy burgers.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:54:40Z
There's fast foods, restaurants, bars, good little burger joints, the infamous Diggs Taco Shop right across the street along with a lot of other restaurants. Jimmy Johns delivers to SMU. I mean, it's Dallas. There's PLENTLY of places. All kinds of foods and price ranges.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:52:12Z
Guys & Girls:
People are preppy. It's SMU.
Guys are attractive, but they all wear pastel color shirts and shorts and sperrys.
Girls are pretty. Most walk around with a Louis Vuitton.
All the cars seen on campus are nice.
Everyone basically hooks up or has flings. At least for the freshman and sophmores. The juniors and seniors are more likely to have actual relationships.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:48:29Z
My major is physics.
This is a liberal arts school.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:48:29Z
Professors are GREAT. Curriculum kind of sucks, honestly. It's a lot different than the typical university curriculum, and honestly, it's a bit of a headache. You end up just trying to take required courses rather than the courses that interest you. Make use of ratemyprofessor.com. It gives you a pretty good idea of the professors, honestly. The professor impacts the course you take majorly, so might as welltry and get the best professor possible.
Signing up for classes is HORRIBLE. Athletic and honor students get first dibs, and by the time their done, hardly anything is left and classes are filled up. It's becoming a real problem.
Workload is whatever you want it to be. It basically depends on the amount of hours/classes you take. Try to keep it to about 15 hours.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:43:48Z
It's not unsafe or anything, it's just prominent. Lot of people like to party and drink and smoke. However, no one will pressure you. It's perfectly fine if you don't.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:42:15Z
I got a lot of financial aid, but no scholarships. This was weird considering I graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T04:41:22Z
Diversity here is pretty weak.
Everyone is mostly white, 99% are rich, nearly everyone is republican, and for the most part, it seems like the majority is Christian. Religion is not very prominent here and people aren't very religious.
HOWEVER. People are not hateful. Minorities aren't looked down upon or anything,they're just that- minorities.
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