Tuition & Fees

$56,560

$56,560

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
38%
600-699
52%
500-599
9%
400-499
1%
700-800
55%
600-699
34%
500-599
10%
400-499
1%
700-800
22%
600-699
51%
500-599
23%
400-499
4%
30-36
72%
24-29
23%
18-23
4%
12-17
1%
30-36
43%
24-29
52%
18-23
4%
12-17
1%
30-36
66%
24-29
31%
18-23
2%
12-17
1%
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undergraduateRatios

51%

male

49%

female

1

teacher

11

students

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Selective

51%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,457
Declined + 6,146
Total Received 12,603
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Private (nonprofit)

6,479

undergraduate students

5,170

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Finance
  2. Economics
  3. Math
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Codes

SAT 6660
ACT 4171

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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 11,649
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)

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Dallas, TX

234-acre campus in Dallas (population: 1,341,075); 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
54%
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 24% of male students
 
14 sororities 37% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
49%
Top 1/4
80%
Top 1/2
95%
Bottom 1/2
5%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
38%
600-699
52%
500-599
9%
400-499
1%
700-800
55%
600-699
34%
500-599
10%
400-499
1%
700-800
22%
600-699
51%
500-599
23%
400-499
4%
30-36
72%
24-29
23%
18-23
4%
12-17
1%
30-36
43%
24-29
52%
18-23
4%
12-17
1%
30-36
66%
24-29
31%
18-23
2%
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

51%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,457
Declined + 6,146
Total Received 12,603

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

Elena D. Hicks
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
P: 800 323-0672
F: 214 768-0103
ugadmission@smu.edu

Financial Aid

86%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$44,493

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $50,200
Room & board $16,750
Additional fees $6,360
Books & supplies $800
Total $74,110
Average Financial Aid - $44,493
Total with Avg. Aid $29,617
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement

Financial Aid Office

P: 800 323-0672
F: 214 768-3878
ugadmission@smu.edu

Financial Aid Officer

L. Marc Peterson
Director of Financial Aid
mpeterso@mail.smu.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

baseball, cheerleading, cricket, cycling, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, running, sailing, soccer, tennis, triathlon, wakeboarding, water polo, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Club Sports - Women's

cheerleading, cycling, golf, lacrosse, martial arts, running, soccer, tennis, triathlon, wakeboarding, water polo, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, billiards, bowling, dodgeball, flag football, golf, racquetball, rock climbing, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball (indoor/outdoor), Wiffle ball

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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Most Popular Majors

  1. Finance
  2. Economics
  3. Math

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business
  • Engineering

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-theology

11,649

total students

45%

in-state

55%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

56%

6,479
students

Female
49%
3,154

Male
51%
3,325

44%

5,170
students

Female
47%
2,454

Male
53%
2,716

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

96%

6,273
students

Female
49%
3,067

Male
51%
3,206

4%

206
students

Female
43%
87

Male
57%
119

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Student Break-down

8%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
64%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

74%

Transfer applicants accepted

46%

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: two weeks after completion of file

Spring: two weeks after completion of file

Summer: two weeks after completion of file

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

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

95%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • 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
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 54
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Mexico
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Viet Nam
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
214 768-2058
jeremyb@smu.edu

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