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SMU social life?

pdesai06pdesai06 Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
edited January 2012 in Southern Methodist University
Hey guys. I got in. Now that I have to decide which college I want to go to, I need to know some more information. I was wondering what is SMU's social life like? Is it considered a party school? Any comments would be great!
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Replies to: SMU social life?

  • sendtherainsendtherain Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    As far as I know, it's got some good parties, but I wouldn't consider it a "party school." It depends on the kind of student you are- there are a great deal of frat/sorority type people, and then there are a gorup (a lot smaller, of course) of honors/studious students.
  • pdesai06pdesai06 Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    What if you're a combination of both?
  • curiousercuriouser Registered User Posts: 1,361 Senior Member
    pdseai06,
    My D IS a combination of both. She's in a sorority and she's in honors, is a winner of a full academic scholarship, is active in the performing arts as well as leadership activities.

    She is a sophomore now and seems to really settled in there. Originally she was thinking of doing a year abroad, but now "doesn't want to be gone that long". While she has ample opportunities to party, she makes sure to carve out significant study time to keep up her grades at the level she expects of herself.

    I think she feels that being at SMU is a good balance.
  • pdesai06pdesai06 Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    The common perception of SMU students is rich, snobby, stuck-up. To what extent is this true?
  • pdesai06pdesai06 Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Also, academically, are the kids competitive to the point where it's dog-eat-dog?
  • camper89camper89 Registered User Posts: 334 Member
    lot of highland park and flower mound(where i live) kids, so probably is a little stuck up from an outsiders view. but theyre still friendly. however, they dress in the latest fashions and thats a big deal. otherwise kids at smu seem to just go to deep ellum and drink
  • curiousercuriouser Registered User Posts: 1,361 Senior Member
    My D is very competitive--but just with herself. She doesn't feel that competitiveness is an issue and she's taking a pre-med curriculum. She sees lots of very bright students there....brighter than she is, in her opinion. But has literally never complained about this. (and she does whine quite a bit to me about things!)

    She was initially a bit concerned about the snobby rich stereotype. And indeed, there are those there who definitely fit that image. She is quite middle class, doesn't have the latest Gucci bag, and has found many friends who are like her. Generally, I do believe that many private universitites will have this element within its student population (including my son's school--Tulane). But the key is whether there's enough of the "other" kinds of kids around that are more like "you". She says there are absolutely some of both at SMU. And plenty of kids that she feels quite comfortable with. She's made some of the best friends of her young life there.

    Hope that helps.
  • pdesai06pdesai06 Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Thanks for your comments! I appreciate it very much!

    Is anyone here an actual student at SMU? If so, I'd really like to talk to you. Thanks.
  • camper89camper89 Registered User Posts: 334 Member
    i can get u talking to a few. gotta a few buddies who go there. a lotta kids from my high school wanting to be dallas business elite go
  • mklein2012mklein2012 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I'm an actual student at smu! feel free to ask me whatever!
  • captain88captain88 Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    I'm an SMU alumna. Happy to answer any questions.
  • Rice1961Rice1961 Registered User Posts: 540 Member
    Are there any fraternities that aren't crazy with the drinking, etc. at SMU? Which ones are known for having high GPAs?
  • johnanglejohnangle Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    You have all first semester to get involved on campus and find out what's up with fraternities and sororities. I'd encourage your to keep an open mind on Greek life until you get to know people in each house. That's really the beauty of deferred recruitment!
  • wellwhoawellwhoa Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Hi, can someone who attends SMU tell me what kind of campus activities go on besides greek life and the pre-games? Maybe like, movie nights, dorm socials, etc etc etc. I havn't really gotten that vibe my few times on campus so I would like to know if SMU has alot of those types of activities. THANKS!
  • abubba12abubba12 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Are there any places you can walk to uptown such as bars or popular places in Dallas? Are there many house parties?
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