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SMU Demographics & Diversity

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at SMU are primarily White with a smaller Hispanic population. The school has medium racial diversity. 35% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Southern Methodist University students
Race Percent of Students
White 65%
Black 5%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 7%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 8%
Race Unknown 0%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 0.4% more male students than female students enrolled at Southern Methodist University with a gender ratio of 50% men to 50% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, SMU has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Southern Methodist University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 50%
Women 50%
Enrollment by gender for Southern Methodist University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 6,040
Women 6,013

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

SMU serves a high number of out-of-state students with 62% of the student body residing outside of Texas or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Southern Methodist University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 38%
Out of State 58%
Foreign 3%
Unknown Location 1%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$82,038 per year

11% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 3.6%
Part time Undergrads 3%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228246 IPEDS survey data for Southern Methodist University.