Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

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World changers shaped here!

Southern Methodist University is a nationally ranked comprehensive research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty, and more than 11,000 students enrolled 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, the University 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.” At SMU, you’ll 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 has five degree-granting schools for undergraduates: 
Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences is the heart of the University and home to the humanities and social, natural, and mathematical sciences. Learn more at
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. Learn more at
Lyle School of Engineering 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. The School was ranked among the top 5% of schools for highest-paid Computer Science and Civil Engineering graduates by College Factual in 2019. Learn more at
Meadows School of the Arts is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States for studying visual, performing, and communication arts, including interdisciplinary programs such as Creative Computing and Fashion Media. Learn more at
Simmons School of Education & 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. Learn more at

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. Learn more about our living learning community options at

A vibrant campus
There are more than 200 clubs and organizations spanning a variety of activities to participate in as well as 500 performances, concerts, and exhibits on campus during the school year. The University’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
• Study abroad experience during May term of sophomore year

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Ranked among the top 7% of colleges with the highest-paid graduates and the top 19% of “Best Colleges Based on Salary Potential” |, 2020–2021


Named one of 300 “Best Value Colleges” nationwide that are worth the investment | Forbes, 2019 


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

SMU At A Glance

SMU is a nationally ranked comprehensive research university with a liberal arts tradition located near the heart of Dallas. An SMU education means support and results. In 2018, 94% of Cox School of Business graduates were off the job market within three months of graduation at an average starting salary of $67,000 per year. $133 million in SMU scholarships and grants were awarded last year.

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

ESTIMATED COSTS (2022–2023):
Tuition and fees: $61,980
Average housing and dining: $17,750
• Additional costs: $3,476
Total (two terms): $83,206

FINANCIAL AID: Students who apply by Early Decision I, Early Action, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision are automatically considered for 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 (SAT Essay or ACT Writing portion not reuired). 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 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 specified groups.

Early Action, Early Decision I: November 1
Early Decision II, Regular Decision: January 15
Application fee: $60 (nonrefundable) 

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

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

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

    • John David Clark
      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
      Biology and Mathematics, with a Chemistry minor
      Phoenix, Arizona
  • “I have been able to excel inside and outside 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
      Mechanical Engineering & Physics
      Richardson, Texas