Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

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World changers are shaped here

SMU is a nationally ranked comprehensive research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty, and 11,649+ students in seven degree-granting schools demonstrate an enterprising spirit as they lead change in their professions, their communities, and the world. 

Be a world changer
Southern Methodist University is ranked in the top 20% of national 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 “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 toworld 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 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 one of 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 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 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 Learning grant and work with a faculty mentor to solve real-world problems. Expand your academic horizons at SMU-in-Taos, our campus in the Sangre de Cristo 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 where students live alongside faculty mentors in a collaborative living and learning environment, fostering intellectual exchanges and personal growth. 

A vibrant campus
There are more than 200 clubs and organizations spanning a variety of activities and 500 performances, concerts, and exhibits on campus during the school year. SMU’s environment of inclusivity fosters a deeper understanding of diversity. Signature programs implemented through the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement include REAL Talk, which gives students and other members of the SMU community an opportunity to discuss current, relevant events and the impact they have on diversity, equality, and social justice. From multicultural Greek life to student associations attracting members from around the globe, there are myriad ways to make your mark, meet new people, and develop leadership skills. 

A community of scholars
At SMU, we celebrate intellectual pursuits that transcend assignments and class discussions. Our honors communities enhance the academic experience for students selected on academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. Dedicated faculty members encourage scholarship in smaller class sizes. Community engagement includes service projects, leadership development, study abroad, and research projects.

Hilltop Scholars Program
• Up to 165 first-year students
• High academic achievement
Commitment to leadership and community service

University Honors Program
• Up to 185 first-year students, representing the top 10%
• Demonstrated high academic achievement
• Six courses enhancing the University Curriculum 
• One Honors culminating project

President’s Scholars Program
• Our highest academic award
• 20–25 President’s Scholars selected each year
• Opportunities to interact personally with world leaders through the Tate Lecture Series
• Annual retreat at SMU-in-Taos
• Funding for a study abroad experience

Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program
• Unique leadership merit award
• About 20 Hunt Scholars selected each year 
• First-year leadership development course
• Opportunities to interact personally with world leaders through the Tate Lecture Series
• Annual program retreat at the start of the fall semester
• Alumni mentoring for junior Hunt Scholars
• Hunt Leadership Scholars Program study abroad experience during May term of sophomore year

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Top 7% of colleges with the highest-paid graduates, and the top 19% of Best Colleges Based on Salary potential | PayScale 2020-2021.


One of 300 schools nationwide that are worth the investment | Forbes’ 2019 Best Value Colleges


SMU alumni among the top 5% of highest-paid graduates across a range of fields including the sciences, humanities, arts, and business | College Factual

At A Glance

SMU is a nationally ranked comprehensive research university with a liberal arts tradition located near the heart of Dallas.

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 in seven degree-granting schools.

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 1,577 full- and part-time faculty; 11:1 student-faculty ratio 

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

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: 39% of first-year class from Texas, 56% out of state, and 5% outside of the US representing 59 countries; 36% of undergraduates from diverse ethnic backgrounds

Tuition and fees: $56,560
Average housing and dining: $17,025
Total (two terms): $73,585

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. The priority financial aid deadline corresponds with the chosen application deadline; three out of four undergraduates receive scholarships and/or financial aid.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: Official SAT or ACT scores are required for all students graduating from high schools in the United States. (SMU does not require the SAT Essay or the ACT Writing test.) Film BFA, Music, Theatre, Dance, and Studio Art applicants are not required to submit test scores. SMU superscores the highest Critical Reading and Math SAT sections and calculates the average of the best individual section scores to create a brand-new composite ACT score. The SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission accepts self-reported test scores during the application process but requires official SAT and ACT scores at the time of enrollment for the groups specified. 

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

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The school pride and community are incredible at SMU. We are all proud to be Mustangs and genuinely love our school.”

    • Jake Greene
      Majors: Finance and Markets and Culture
      Minors: History
      Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
  • “SMU offers fantastic opportunities for students to connect with and contribute to the Dallas community. From internships to volunteering around the community, SMU students are welcomed with open arms.”

    • John David Clark
      Major: Finance
      Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
  • “SMU was my perfect decision. One of my favorite memories is giving a campus tour to SMU Board of Trustees Chair Robert H. Dedman, Jr.”

    • Abby Johnson
      Majors: Biology and Mathematics
      Minors: Chemistry
      Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • "I have been able to excel inside and outside of the classroom by not saying no to the challenges that have come up along the way. Additionally, my experiences at SMU and my internship have taught me that your title is just that, but the work you do is much greater."

    • Ian Perkins-Smith
      Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Physics
      Hometown: Richardson, Texas