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Be a world changer

Be a world changer
Southern Methodist University is ranked in the top tier of national research universities by U.S.News & World Report. By drawing on the resources of Dallas, a larger-than-life city that’s a magnet of opportunity, SMU offers intellectually rigorous academics to our ambitious and motivated students. Our small classes are driven by personal attention from caring, experienced faculty mentors who will advance your academic goals and inspire you to dream big. Our vibrant campus is small enough for you to pursue a variety of academic disciplines and large enough to accommodate more than 100 majors and 85 minors. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies SMU as a university with “high research activity.” Here you will be surrounded by scholars in a student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe. You’ll participate in hands-on research, make connections with successful alumni, have access to world leaders, and position yourself for success in a variety of careers.

Schools of thought
SMU’s degree-granting schools for undergraduates:

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is the heart of the University and home to the humanities and social, natural, and mathematical sciences.

Cox School of Business equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to become business leaders. Major publications, including The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes, rank SMU Cox among the top business schools in the nation and world.

Lyle School of Engineering, recognized by College Factual as a top school for highest-paid engineering graduates, houses the Deason Innovation Gym, where students refine their engineering skills with real-world design challenges. Eighty-five percent of Lyle engineering graduates have had a job on graduation day for the past five years.

Meadows School of the Arts is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States for study in visual, performing, and communication arts, including interdisciplinary majors such as creative computing and fashion media.

Simmons School of Education and Human Development goes beyond preparing exemplary professionals in education and human development. Its applied physiology and sport management major prepares students for a future in sports, health, and fitness.

Beyond the classroom
Explore initiatives in the arts, research, internships, civic engagement, and study abroad. Dallas is a hub for internships—4,400 internships are offered by more than 1,000 Dallas-area businesses each year—and careers in a variety of industries. Apply for an Engaged Learning grant and work with a faculty mentor to solve real-world problems. Expand your academic horizon at SMU-in-Taos, our campus in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico, with credit courses during the summer.

Integrated living and learning
Our Residential Commons is an integrated academic and residential experience similar to the residential college systems at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge. Students live alongside faculty mentors in a collaborative living and learning environment, fostering intellectual exchanges and personal growth.

A vibrant campus
Make your mark, meet new people, and develop leadership skills through 200 clubs and organizations spanning a variety of activities. Get involved in student government, campus programming, or community service. SMU offers a wide variety of cultural activities on campus­—lectures, exhibits, and performances—and resources such as the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the Tate Lecture Series, which bring world leaders and innovators to campus.

SMU welcomes applications for admission from students who will be attending college on a U.S. F-1 student visa. The best way to apply to SMU is to use the Common Application, or you may use the SMU Online Application, both found at You will be considered for SMU’s generous academic scholarship opportunities regardless of the application method. Candidates interested in academic scholarships should submit a completed application for admission by January 15. Each application is evaluated for admission, and scholarships are based on academic preparation and potential for success in the classroom. Your high school grades and course work are most important.

Test score requirements
The SAT and ACT are not required for non-U.S. citizens attending high school outside the United States. However, the TOEFL or IELTS is required for students whose native language is not English. A TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 (with at least a 20 on each subscore) or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission consideration. Students whose scores are slightly below the requirements may be offered conditional admission to SMU with the requirement that they successfully complete SMU’s Intensive English Program prior to matriculation.

Rankings and Recognition
• Bloomberg Businessweek ranks SMU Cox #9 for academic quality, #11 for student satisfaction, and #21 in the United States.
• The Princeton Review ranks SMU #2 most beautiful campus, #7 for best quality of life, and #13 for best career services in the United States.
• Forbes ranks SMU #14 among the most entrepreneurial universities in the United States.
• Business Insider ranks SMU #8 among the best college campuses in the United States.
• Times Higher Education ranks SMU #10 among the best schools nationally in producing CEOs.
• U.S.News & World Report ranks SMU in the top tier of the best national universities.



SMU’s academic rigor and world-class facilities attract exceptional students from around the world. Located in Dallas, Texas, one of the most important American cities for business, technology, and culture, SMU prepares students for leadership in their professions.


TYPE OF UNIVERSITY: SMU is a nationally ranked, private comprehensive research university with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, located near the heart of Dallas. Like many leading American universities, SMU was founded by the United Methodist Church, although the University’s curriculum is secular.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 237-acre main campus in Dallas; 423-acre SMU-in-Taos campus in the mountains of Northern New Mexico

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: More than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 1,155 full- and part-time faculty; 11:1 student-faculty ratio

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: More than 100 majors and 85 minors in seven degree-granting schools; nationally recognized graduate and professional programs; explore areas of study at

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: 1,652 international students (undergraduate and graduate) representing 92 countries; 7% of first-year class from outside the United States; 25% of first-year class from diverse ethnic backgrounds; first-year class represents 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: Advising, student orientation, cultural programming, academic tutoring;

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUDGET: (2015–2016, estimated)
Tuition and Fees $48,190
Average Room and Board $15,650
Mandatory Health Insurance  $2,500
Books and Supplies  $1,000
Total (two terms)  $67,340

FINANCIAL AID: SMU’s many academic scholarships reward academic excellence. All applicants who apply by January 15 are automatically considered for academic scholarships; need-based financial aid is available to U.S. and dual citizens as well as permanent residents.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: The SAT and ACT are not required for non-U.S. citizens graduating from high schools outside the United States. TOEFL or IELTS is required for students whose native language is not English; TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 (minimum of 20 on each subscore) or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission consideration.

November 1 for Early Action and Early Decision I; January 15 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II; application fee is $60.