A private university located in the heart of Dallas, Southern Methodist University prepares students for leadership in their professions and in their communities. Close relationships with the Dallas region provide a strong platform for career development. Today approximately 11,000 students from diverse backgrounds benefit from the national opportunities and international reach of SMU. Undergraduate, graduate and professional programs are offered through SMU’s seven degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Complementing strong academic programs are opportunities for study abroad, community service, internships and leadership development. SMU was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church in partnership with civic leaders. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry. As SMU approaches the centennial of its founding in 2011 and its opening in 2015, the University continues to rise in national prominence, strengthened by the entrepreneurial spirit of the region.