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.

Website: www.smu.edu/

Private
Co-ed
6,452
Undergraduate
Students
(49.5%) 3,195 Women
(50.5%) 3,257 Men
5,337
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
49% of 13,128 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.62
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
29 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$74,738
Tuition and Fees
$54,493
Room and Board
$16,845
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Freshman Award
$44,333
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$38,086
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
758
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Dallas Population
1,241,162
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Dallas-Fort Worth
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
54% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Black Pony
Sororities
35% of women participate
Fraternities
28% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.7% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
12.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.7% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
8.6% from 62 countries
First-Year Students Returning
91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
71.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
65%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is not accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3  
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 3  
History   3
Academic Electives   3

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required March 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Required for some
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for advising
ACT: Used for advising

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
6425 Boaz Lane
City, State, Zip
Dallas, TX 75275
Phone
(214) 768-2058
Fax
 
E-mail
ugadmission@smu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 31, April 1
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 31

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
49% of 13,128 applicants were admitted
Women
48% of 7,032 applicants were admitted
Men
50% of 6,096 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,708 (27%) of 6,402 admitted students enrolled
Women
821 (24%) of 3,366 admitted students enrolled
Men
887 (29%) of 3,036 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
36% of 738 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
1,423
Students Accepting Wait List Position
582
Students Admitted From Wait List
69

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.62
3.75 and Above
47%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
62%
Score of 24 - 29
36%
Score of 18 - 23
1%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 52%
Top quarter: 79%
Top half: 95%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$74,738
Tuition and Fees
$54,493
Room and Board
$16,845
Books and Supplies
$800
Other Expenses
$2,600
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
enrol_serv@mail.smu.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline November 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning January 20
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003613
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
775 (51.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
539 (66.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
536 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
271 (49.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Award
$44,333
Need-Based Gift
Received by 306 (61.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $18,691
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 358 (71.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,033
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 437 (77.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
683 (40.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $27,685

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,443 (39.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,964 (80.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,936 (99.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
761 (37.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Award
$44,493
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,367 (73.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,799
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,493 (79.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,065
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,381 (69.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2,493 (37.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $27,283

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
28%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$38,086
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • 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
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • 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
  • Insurance
  • 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
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Statistics, General
  • Voice and Opera
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Communication/journalism
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
758
Part-Time Faculty
398
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
54%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 38% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,376,152
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
758
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Church Ministries, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Science, Master of Management, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Science in Information Engineering and Management

Master's Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Sciences
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Data Science/Data Analytics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Law
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Religion
  • Statistics
  • Taxation
  • Theater
  • Theology

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Engineering, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Doctor of Ministry

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Computational Sciences
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Data Science/Data Analytics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Law
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Psychology--General
  • Religion
  • Statistics
  • Taxation
  • Theology

Location and Setting


Dallas Population
1,241,162
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Dallas-Fort Worth
Campus Size
234 acres

Weather

Temperature
32.7 average low in January, 91.9 average high in September
Rain
79 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Dallas
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Dallas

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
54% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
46%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Black Pony
School Colors
Blue and red

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x    
Cross-Country Running x x    
Equestrian Sports x x    
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x      
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Equestrian Sports x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Crew    
Cross-Country Running    
Equestrian Sports    
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field    
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading, fencing, rugby
Men's Club Sports
baseball, cheerleading, fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, program council, student senate, student foundation, residence hall association, sparc (students promoting awareness, responsibility, and citizenship)
Sororities
35% of women participate
Fraternities
28% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,452
Women
3,195 (49.5%)
Men
3,257 (50.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,240
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.7% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
12.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.7% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students.
8.6% from 62 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
5,337

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
71.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
79.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
81.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
65%
Average Starting Salary
65%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 0.64%
Engineering 3.84%
Law 3.36%
Arts and Sciences 4.96%
Medicine 2.56%
Education 0.64%

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