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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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Web Sitewww.smu.edu/
Institution TypePrivate
CoeducationalYes
Undergraduate Students6,249
   Women3,180 (50.9%)
   Men3,069 (49.1%)
Graduate Students4,644

ADMISSION

Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate54% of 11,217 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
EssayX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.6
SAT Math645 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading630 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing623 average
570-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite29 average
27-31 range of middle 50%

MONEY MATTERS

Cost of Attendance$61,155
Tuition and Fees
$43,800
Room and Board
$13,955
Average Percent of Need Met88%
Average Freshman Award$35,683
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates
$30,987

ACADEMICS

Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
723
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-59 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes

CAMPUS LIFE

Dallas Population1,188,580
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing96% of freshmen, 33% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotBlack Pony
Sororities43% of women participate
Fraternities32% of men participate

STUDENTS

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.0% Asian
6.2% Black/African-American
12.6% Hispanic/Latino
2.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.6% White
0.5% Unknown
International Students6.7% from 66 countries
First-Year Students Returning91.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
68.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2018 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.56 3.98 617 619 616 29
Low 2.20 2.28 430 370 340 16
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 770 36
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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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