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SMU vs Rice University: Which one to pick?

Hi everyone! I'm currently deciding between attending Southern Methodist University and Rice University. I'm interested in hearing from current students or alumni about their experiences at both schools. What are the key differences when it comes to academics, culture, and campus life? Any help would be amazing, thank you!

6 months ago

Hi there! Congrats on getting accepted to both SMU and Rice University! When comparing the two, there are some key differences in terms of academics, campus culture, and extracurriculars.


Rice is a more research-focused institution, highly regarded for natural sciences, engineering, and humanities, with small class sizes and accessible professors. While SMU also has strong academics, it's particularly well known for its business program, as well as arts, visual and performing arts, and communications/journalism.


Rice has a unique residential college system, where students become a part of their assigned "college" and it fosters a close-knit community. This system results in strong connections with peers and creates a supportive environment.

On the other hand, SMU has a Greek life presence, and if that's something you're interested in, it could provide you with social and networking opportunities. It's said that SMU has a more preppy and "socialite" vibe.

Campus Life:

Rice is located near the museum district and the Texas Medical Center, offering plenty of internships, research opportunities, and activities for students. Rice also prides itself in being a diverse and inclusive environment. SMU, located in the Park Cities area of Dallas, offers various campus activities, internships, and cultural experiences. Dallas being a major city provides an exciting urban life.

Think about what kind of environment suits you best and aligns with your interests, and make sure to consider factors such as class sizes, how research-oriented or practical the programs are, and the overall vibe of the student community. Visiting both campuses, if possible, can definitely help in determining the right fit for you.

Good luck with your decision!

6 months ago

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