Southern Methodist University, or SMU, was founded in 1911 by what is now The United Methodist Church, in partnership with civic leaders. It is a nationally ranked, private university known for its distinguished teaching and research center. SMU prepares students for leadership in their professions and in their communities. The University’s location near the heart of Dallas – a thriving center of commerce and culture – offers students enriching experiences on campus and beyond. Relationships in the Dallas area provide a platform for launching careers throughout the world. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools. The learning environment includes opportunities for research, community service, internships, mentoring and study abroad.