Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

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Undergrad Diversity Transfer

Tuition & Fees

$58,540

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
7%
400-499
1%
700-800
56%
600-699
33%
500-599
8%
400-499
0
300-399
0
30-36
71%
24-29
25%
18-23
2%
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undergraduateRatios

51%

male

49%

female

11

students

1

faculty

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Selective

47%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,601
Declined 7,358
Total Received 13,959
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Private

6,710

undergraduate students

5,114

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

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

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 11,824
Established in 1911
Coeducational Coeducational
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church

234-acre campus in Dallas (population: 1,345,047); branch campus in Taos, NM. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Major city
  • Metropolitan area: Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Dallas-Fort Worth International

Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz Lane
Dallas, TX
75205

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
54%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through sophomore year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Program Council
  • Student Senate
  • Student Foundation
  • Residence Hall Association
  • SPARC (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility, and Citizenship)

Top Events

  • Homecoming
  • Sing Song
  • Mane Event (all-school block party)

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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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
49%
Top 1/4
79%
Top 1/2
97%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
38%
600-699
52%
500-599
7%
400-499
1%
700-800
56%
600-699
33%
500-599
8%
400-499
0
300-399
0
30-36
71%
24-29
25%
18-23
2%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $60
Application deadline January 15
Has early decision program yes
School has early action program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.64

Selective

47%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,601
Declined 7,358
Total Received 13,959

Admissions Factors

Very Important

application essay
academic GPA
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
class rank
talent/ability

Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
first generation
racial/ethnic status
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

geographical residence
interview
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 59
Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language yes

Financial Aid

82%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$5,376

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $51,958
Room & board $17,110
Additional fees $6,582
Books & supplies $800
Other fees $1,600
Total $78,050
Average Financial Aid - $5,376
Total with Avg. Aid $72,674
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Financial Facts

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Tuition prepayment plan yes
Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Equestrian sports
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
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 Sports Men

Basketball, Bowling, Football, Golf, Racquetball, Rock climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo, Weight lifting

Intramural Sports Women

Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Racquetball, Rock climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo, Weight lifting

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Advertising
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Biochemistry
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biophysics
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Civil Engineering, General
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance, General
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Education, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature
French Studies
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
International Policy Analysis
International/Global Studies
Italian Studies
Journalism
Keyboard Instruments
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory and Composition
Music Therapy/Therapist
Music, General
Operations Research
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Public Policy Analysis, General
Public Relations/Image Management
Real Estate
Religion/Religious Studies
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Statistics, General
Voice and Opera
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

11,824

total students

45%

in-state

55%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

57%

6,710
students

Female
49%
3,297

Male
51%
3,413

43%

5,114
students

Female
48%
2,467

Male
52%
2,647

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

6,519
students

Female
50%
3,203

Male
50%
3,316

3%

191
students

Female
50%
94

Male
50%
97

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 91%
Student 4 year graduation rate 72%
Student 5 year graduation rate 8%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

7%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
64%
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

290

Transfer students enrolled

2%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment yes
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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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 Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

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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