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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students6,411
   Women3,220 (50.2%)
   Men3,191 (49.8%)
Graduate Students5,232


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate49% of 12,992 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.64
SAT Math665 average
620-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading644 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing639 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite29 average
28-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$70,083
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met88%
Average Freshman Award$41,801
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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 Population1,241,162
Nearest Metropolitan AreaDallas-Fort Worth
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotBlack Pony
Sororities46% of women participate
Fraternities 33% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.3% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
12.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.9% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students7.9% from 65 countries
First-Year Students Returning90.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.59 3.95 610 633 29
Low 2.55 2.55 200 200 19
High 4.00 5.00 730 800 36
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• SMU's Meadows Museum offers one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

• Founded in 1911 by what is now the United Methodist Church, SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching.

• SMU's campus in northern New Mexico offers summer courses and includes the excavation of a 13th-century Indian pueblo

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