Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Native American: 0%
The student body in general is mildly accepting of SMU’s small gay population. The gay community is widely accepted in the Meadows School of the Arts. Acceptance has yet to be fully incorporated by the rest of the campus.
SMU is becoming more political every year. With new student organizations such as Amnesty International and Democracy Matters, students are breaking the "SMU bubble" by speaking out for what they believe. Most of the students are conservative in nature as well as political views and background. There are many liberals—however, conservatives outnumber them.
Most SMU students come from upper- and upper-middle-class economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
About 64 percent of Fall 2007 undergrads and 50 percent of grad students reported a religious affiliation. Nearly 23 percent of all students reporting a preference were Roman Catholic, and 21 percent were Methodist. Also represented are other Protestant affiliations, as well as religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The multicultural organizations on campus are somewhat recognizable, but they do not receive the same amount of attention as Greek Life or Christian groups. There are sixteen multicultural organizations, such as the Asian Council, College Hispanic American Students, Turkish Student Association, and the Association of Black Students. Each group sponsors activities in the student center.