Core Values

SMU embraces excellence, integrity, intellectual freedom, open dialogue, diversity and inclusion.  

Excellence: We cultivate an enduring spirit of inquiry, innovation and creativity, fostering impactful research, inspired teaching and life-long learning. 

Integrity: We value truth and conduct ourselves with honesty and strong moral and ethical principles.

Intellectual freedom: We embrace freedom of ideas and expression.

Open dialogue: We welcome opportunities to exchange diverse perspectives and pledge ourselves to civil discourse.

Diversity and Inclusion: We are all strengthened by different perspectives based on our varied identities and life experiences, and embrace the worth and dignity of all people. SMU students say it well: Every Mustang is valued.