Southern Methodist University

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Southern Methodist University
City: University Park, Texas
Type: Private
Sports: basketball, cross country, equestrian, football, golf, rowing, soccer, swim and dive, tennis, track and field, volleyball[1]
Colors: red, blue
Mascot: Peruna (Mustangs)

Southern Methodist University (or SMU) is a Texas private university founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.[2] The school ranked #67 in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.[3]


The school was founded by what is now the United Methodist Church.[2] It opened its doors in 1915.[2] On February 22, 2008, the school was chosen as the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Center - the presidential library - partly because First Lady Laura Bush was an alumna.[4]


The SMU football program has won 4 bowl games (while losing 6) and 1 national championship.[5]


  1. The Official Site of SMU Athletics (English). Southern Methodist University.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SMU Facts (English). Southern Methodist University.
  3. National Universities: Top Schools (English). US News.
  4. Anna Driver (2008-02-22). SMU chosen as site for Bush's presidential library (English). Reuters.
  5. SMU FOOTBALL HISTORY DATABASE (English). National Champs.