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Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University, founded in 1911, is a church-affiliated, comprehensive university. Students seeking a well-rounded education are attracted to SMU's wide choice of majors. Classes are generally small, providing an opportunity for students to interact with faculty. SMU's parklike campus and neo-Georgian buildings provide a beautiful setting, and downtown Dallas is just five miles south, with opportunities for internships, part-time jobs and career development. With around 130 organizations, leadership opportunities abound. Study-abroad programs and a campus near Taos, New Mexico give students the chance to broaden their educational experience, as do more than 400 cultural and arts events and lectures by international figures each year. Its 163-acre, suburban campus is located in Dallas.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 6,521
   Women 3,263 (50.0%)
   Men 3,258 (50.0%)
Graduate Students 5,218
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 49% of 13,250 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.65
SAT Math 667 average
620-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 647 average
600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 29 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $70,083
  Tuition and Fees $50,358
  Room and Board $16,125
Average Percent of Need Met 90%
Average Freshman Award $43,984
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 740
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Dallas Population 1,241,162
Nearest Metropolitan Area Dallas-Fort Worth
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Black Pony
Sororities 46% of women participate
Fraternities 33% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.1% Asian
5.4% Black/African-American
12.0% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.8% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students 8.2% from 70 countries
First-Year Students Returning 91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 68.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 65%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported