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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.

Web Sitewww.smu.edu/
Institution TypePrivate
CoeducationalYes
Undergraduate Students6,521
   Women3,263 (50.0%)
   Men3,258 (50.0%)
Graduate Students5,218

ADMISSION

Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate49% of 13,250 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
EssayX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.65
SAT Math667 average
620-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading647 average
600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing638 average
ACT Composite29 average
28-32 range of middle 50%

MONEY MATTERS

Cost of Attendance$70,083
Tuition and Fees
$50,358
Room and Board
$16,125
Average Percent of Need Met90%
Average Freshman Award$43,984
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
$29,601

ACADEMICS

Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
740
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

CAMPUS LIFE

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

STUDENTS

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 Students8.2% from 70 countries
First-Year Students Returning91.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
68.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
65%
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.72 4.16 666 673 31
Low 3.08 3.30 560 550 23
High 4.00 5.00 740 770 35
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DID YOU KNOW?

• 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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