Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

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World Changers Shaped Here

Be a world changer 
Southern Methodist University is ranked in the top 20% of national universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more than 100 years, SMU has shaped minds, explored the frontiers of knowledge, and fostered an entrepreneurial spirit in its seven degree-granting schools. Taking advantage of unbridled experiences on the University’s beautiful campuses and SMU’s relationship with Dallas—the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions—alumni, faculty, and 11,649+ graduate and undergraduate students become ethical leaders in their professions and communities who change the world. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies SMU as a university with “higher research activity.” Here, you will be surrounded by scholars 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, Poets&Quants, and Forbes rank SMU Cox among the top business schools in the nation and world.

Lyle School of Engineering, ranked among the top 5% of schools for the highest-paid Computer Science and Civil Engineering graduates by College Factual 2019, houses the Deason Innovation Gym, where students refine their engineering skills with real-world design challenges. Three-fourths of Lyle Engineering students receive academic scholarships and complete at least two internships.

Meadows School of the Arts is oneof the foremost arts education institutions in the United States for study in visual, performing, and communication arts, including interdisciplinary programs 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 fora 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 and careers in a variety of industries—20+ companies from 34 countries have their US headquarters or substantial operations in the Dallas region. Apply for an Engaged Learninggrant and work with a faculty mentor to solve real-world problems. Expand your academic horizon at SMU-in-Taos, our campus in the Sangre deCristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico, with credit courses during summer and winter breaks.

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 more than 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 US F-1 student visa. The four different application methods—the Common Application, ApplyTexas, My Coalition for College, and the SMU Online Application—can be found at You will be considered for SMU’s generous academic scholarship opportunities regardless of the application method. Submit a completed application by November 1 for Early Action or Early Decision I, or January 15 for Regular Decision or Early Decision II, to be evaluated for admission and academic scholarships, which are based on academic preparation, potential for success in the classroom, and high school grades and coursework.

Test score requirements
The SAT and ACT are not required for students attending high school outside the United States. SMU recommends a TOEFL iBT score of at least 90 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher for admission consideration, with specific minimum subscore requirements for both tests. The TOEFL or IELTS are not required for any student who has studied for four years at a school where the language of instruction is solely English. Students whose scores are 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
• SMU is ranked #59 among “Best National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report.
• 1 of only 300 schools that are worth the investment, according to Forbes’s “Best Value Colleges” 2018
• 72% of SMU undergraduates graduate without debt.
• 1,000+ Dallas area businesses offer SMU students 4,400+ internships every year.
• The Dallas area is the #1 “Big City for Jobs,” according to Forbes 2018. 

Areas of study
SMU has more than 100 undergraduate majors and 85 minors, which are complemented by nationally recognized graduate programs. To explore even more areas of study, visit


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 SCHOOL: SMU is a nationally ranked comprehensive research university in the dynamic city of Dallas, Texas. SMU’s alumni, faculty, and 11,000+ students in seven degree-granting schools demonstrate an enterprising spirit as they lead change in their professions, communities, and the world.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 234-acre main campus in Dallas; 423-acre SMU-in-Taos campus in the mountains of northern New Mexico

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 11,649+ undergraduate and graduate students

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 1,577 full- and part-time faculty; average class size of 22 students

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: 1,596 international students (undergraduate and graduate) representing 83 countries; 39% of first-year class from Texas, 56% from out of state, and 5% from outside the US representing 59 countries; 36% of undergraduates from diverse ethnic backgrounds

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

Tuition and Fees $56,560
Average Housing and Dining $17,025
Total (two terms) $73,585
* Not including books or mandatory health insurance

FINANCIAL AID: SMU’s many academic scholarships reward academic excellence. Students who apply by November 1 for Early Decision I or Early Action, or January 15 for Early Decision II or Regular Decision, are automatically considered for SMU’s academic scholarships. Need-based financial aid is available to US and dual citizens as well as permanent residents.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: The SAT and ACT are not required for students attending high school outside the United States. SMU recommends a TOEFL iBT score of at least 90 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, with specific minimum subscore requirements, for admission consideration. The TOEFL or IELTS are not required for any student who has studied for four years at a school where the language of instruction is solely English.

APPLICATION DEADLINEs AND FEES: November 1 for Early Action and Early Decision I; January 15 for Regular Decision
and Early Decision II; non-refundable application fee of $60;

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