The Meadows Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus

The Preston Hollow-adjacent university, Southern Methodist, ranks No. 72 on U.S. News‘s 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges and Universities.

The Park Cities campus, founded in 1911 boasts a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,908 as of 2021, and tuition, plus fees, according to the report, will cost about $61,980 sans scholarships and financial aid are available.)

“Despite its name, this private university in Dallas is nonsectarian in its teaching,” according to the publication. “The school was founded by what became the United Methodist Church in 1911, but it is now home to students of many religious affiliations.”

Among the local attractions listed in the magazine item are our 232 days of sunshine per annum, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas International Film Festival, 400+ city parks, the school’s “greek life” and sporting events and mighty mascot Peruna the black stallion.

Notable SMU alumni, according to the listing, include former first lady Laura Bush and the late television producer Aaron Spelling.

SMU alumni know Spelling was a member of the Mustang cheerleading squad before graduating in 1949. Here’s some fun Spelling history from Conroe News.

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