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Is Southern Methodist University a Good School for Veterans?

If you're a veteran who is thinking about going back to school, it's important to see how well the school treats its students with prior military service first. So we've gathered facts about Southern Methodist University veterans and their studies to help you make your college decision. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Southern Methodist University G.I. Bill Information

Info in This Veterans Report on SMU:

How Does SMU Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual issues its Best Schools to Veterans ranking each year. This is a list of universities and colleges that do great work supporting veterans as they continue their studies.

Southern Methodist University was ranked #716 on the 2022 version of this list.The school also ranked #50 in our Best for Vets in Texas ranking.

In addition to our overall rankings, we also calculate our Best for Vets by degree level rankings. Below you'll find how SMU did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 530
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 630
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 514

You can also see how specific majors at SMU fared when compared to the same major at other schools. Below, you'll find a list of majors which received the best rankings for vets. Find a full list of majors here. Once you select a major, you'll be able to see links to the rankings available for that major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Office Administration Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Other Engineering-Related Fields Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Other Engineering-Related Fields Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Liberal Arts Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Sacred Music Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Religious/Sacred Music Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Computer Systems Analysis Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best International Policy Analysis Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics & Special Effects Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Telecommunications Technology Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4

How Many Veterans Go to SMU?

A large number of veterans attending a college means the college and faculty are more used to supporting and accommodating the needs of those with prior military experience.

According to the VA, there are 327 G.I. Bill® students at SMU. Since the total enrollment at the school is 12,373, approximately 2.64% of the students at SMU are utilizing the GI Bill® to help pay for their education. For context, let's take this into consideration. According to the Student Veterans of America, approximately three to four per cent of American college students are veterans.

This number includes all chapters of the GI Bill®, e.g. Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill and Reserve Education Assistance Program. It also includes Veteran Readiness and Employment. It does not include any active-duty military personnel that are attending this college via Tuition Assistance, so the total military population is potentially larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at SMU

Southern Methodist University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Counseling Support
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Southern Methodist University does have a student veterans group.

Does SMU Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
At this time, SMU does not offer college credit for life experience.

If you have specialized military training, SMU may take that into consideration and grant college credit for that. Talk with your admissions counselor to learn more.

SMU Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Implied No Navy ROTC
SMU does offer Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the following military branches:

  • Air Force
  • Army

Complaints to the VA About SMU

Our data shows that SMU has not received 1 complaints at the VA.The reasons for these complaints are summarized in the table below.Note that the numbers for the classification of complaints may not add up the number of total complaints since a single complaint may be for multiple reasons.

Complaint Type Number of Complaints
Financial Issues 0
Quality of Education 0
Refund Issues 0
Recruiting/Marketing Practices 0
Acceditation 0
Change in Degree Requirements 0
Student Loans 0
Grade Policy 0
Credit Transfers 0
Post-Graduation Job Opportunities 0
Release of Transcripts 0
Other 1


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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