Sorry, you're all wrong about SMU.
There was a recent thread about underrated colleges, with SMU being the most contentious one. The main argument was that SMU's Alts program doesn't place well when compared to other schools. I was kinda in the same boat; when compared to Rice or UT, SMU doesn't seem like anything hot, but then I came across the placement stats in recent years and thought I'd share. People still have a better chance going to UT, but if you don't get accepted SMU doesn't seem like a bad choice (as long as you can get into Alts).
If I'm reading this right, SMU is definitely nothing less than semi-target, and I would argue that its target.
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