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Tuition & Fees

$50,358

$50,358

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

50%

50%

male

female

1
11

teacher

students

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Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,360
Declined + 6,632
Total Received 12,992
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Private (nonprofit)

6,391

undergraduate students

4,881

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Finance
  3. Accounting
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Codes

SAT 6660
ACT 4171

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
54%
500-599
21%
400-499
3%
700-800
33%
600-699
53%
500-599
12%
400-499
2%
700-800
21%
600-699
55%
500-599
20%
400-499
3%
300-399
1%
30-36
61%
24-29
34%
18-23
4%
12-17
1%
30-36
42%
24-29
51%
18-23
6%
12-17
1%
30-36
55%
24-29
41%
18-23
3%
12-17
1%
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Fun Facts

  • The founding of Southern Methodist University was largely a result of a conflict between the United Methodist Church and Vanderbilt University. The church and school severed ties in 1914, and the church made SMU its new flagship institution.

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School Facts

Southern Methodist University, founded in 1911, is a private, church-affiliated, comprehensive university. Its 234-acre campus is located in Dallas, Texas.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 11,272
Established in 1911
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Methodist
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  ATS (Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada)
•  CSAB (Computing Sciences Accreditation Board)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)
•  TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council)

Dallas, TX

234-acre campus in Dallas (population: 1,257,676); branch campuses in Plano and in Taos, NM. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
57%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
98%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
13 fraternities 28% of male students
 
14 sororities 37% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
44%
Top 1/4
75%
Top 1/2
93%
Bottom 1/2
7%
Bottom 1/4
2%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
54%
500-599
21%
400-499
3%
700-800
33%
600-699
53%
500-599
12%
400-499
2%
700-800
21%
600-699
55%
500-599
20%
400-499
3%
300-399
1%
30-36
61%
24-29
34%
18-23
4%
12-17
1%
30-36
42%
24-29
51%
18-23
6%
12-17
1%
30-36
55%
24-29
41%
18-23
3%
12-17
1%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $60
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 1
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,360
Declined + 6,632
Total Received 12,992

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Essay
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Minority affiliation
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Wes Waggoner
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
P: 800 323-0672
F: 214 768-0103
ugadmission@smu.edu

Cost

Tuition $44,694
Room & board $16,125
Additional fees $5,664
Books & supplies $800
Total $67,283
Average Financial Aid - $39,585
Total with Avg. Aid $27,698

Financial Aid

84%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$39,585

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $3,856,586
State $3,005,466
Institutional $49,910,325
Other external $371,819
Total $57,144,196

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $41,230,501
Other external $1,013,409
Total $42,243,910

Varsity Sports

M W
basketball
cross-country
equestrian sports
football
golf
soccer
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
American Athletic Conference
Mascot
Mustangs
School colors
red and blue
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Advertising
African-American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Economics
Applied Economics/Predictive Analytics
Applied Geophysics
Applied Physiology/Sports Management
Applied Science
Applied Statistics/Data Analytics
Art
Art History
Arts Management
Bilingual Education
Biochemistry
Biological Science
Biostatistics
Business Administration
Business Analytics
Chemistry
Chinese
Choral Conducting
Civil Engineering
Communication Studies
Comparative/International Law
Computational Mathematics
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Counseling
Creative Computing
Dance
Dance Performance
Data Science
Datacenter Systems Engineering
Design/Innovation
Dispute Resolution
Drama/Theatre Arts
Economics
Economics/Finance
Economics/Systems Analysis
Education
Educational Leadership
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Management
English
English/Creative Writing
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Geology
Environmental Science
Fashion Media
Film/Media Arts
Film/Media Studies
Finance
Financial Consulting
French
General Business
Geology
Geophysics
German
Higher Education
History
Human Rights
Individual Studies in Liberal Arts
Informational Engineering/Management
Instrumental Conducting
International Studies
Italian Area Studies
Journalism
Latin American Studies
Law
Law/Legal Studies
Liberal Studies
Management Engineering
Management Science
Management in International Arts Management
Manufacturing Systems Management
Marketing
Markets/Culture
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Anthropology
Medieval Studies
Mexican-American Studies
Molecular/Cell Biology
Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Music History/Literature
Music Performance
Music Theory
Music Therapy
Operations Research
Packaging Electronic/Optical Devices
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Policy
Public Relations
Real Estate
Real Estate Finance
Religious Studies
Risk Management/Insurance
Sacred Music
Security Engineering
Sociology
Software Engineering
Spanish
Special Education
Sport Management
Statistical Science
Strategic Leadership
Strategy/Entrepreneurship
Sustainability
Systems Engineering
Taxation
Telecommunications
Theatre
Theology
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Undergraduate

57%

6,391
students

Female
50%
3,227

Male
50%
3,164

Graduate

43%

4,881
students

Female
45%
2,178

Male
55%
2,703

undergraduateFull-time

96%

6,193
students

Female
51%
3,136

Male
49%
3,057

undergraduatePart-time

4%

198
students

Female
46%
91

Male
54%
107

Student Break-down

8%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
65%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

66%

Transfer applicants accepted

43%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.70
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Recommended of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: 2 weeks after completion

Spring: 2 weeks after completion

Summer: 2 weeks after completion

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

62

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

60

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Other
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

95%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 65
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Mexico
Panama
Saudi Arabia
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Jeremy Brown
Director of International Admission
214 768-4868
jeremyb@smu.edu

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