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Southern Methodist University

  • Dallas, TX
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 51%49%
    student ratio
  • 6,357
    total students
  • $40,770 | $40,770
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 50%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 659
    sat math
  • 643
    sat reading
  • 633
    sat writing
  • 29
    act composite

Overview

Changing the World from the Hilltop

Exceptional students with high expectations want a school that has as much to offer as they do. These students should consider Southern Methodist University (SMU), where academic challenges, leadership opportunities, and a dynamic city create an unmatched college experience.

Distinguished Faculty

SMU has more than 700 full-time faculty members, and nearly 80 percent of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. The undergraduate student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1. About three out of four classes contain 30 students or fewer.

SMU celebrates diversity, with students from all 50 states and more than 90 nations, as well as a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. Fifty-four percent of SMU first-year students hail from outside Texas. Fall 2012 undergraduate enrollment included 27 percent minority students.

Embracing the Possibilities

Students can choose from 100 academic majors and 75 minors. One in five SMU students opts to pursue a double major. Students can customize their education by combining a major in the humanities or sciences with another in engineering, business or the arts for a dual degree. SMU's undergraduate curriculum is complemented by the nationally recognized Dedman School of Law and Perkins School of Theology.

Academic Rigor

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University offers majors in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, such as chemistry, English, economics, Latin American studies, mathematics, physics and psychology, among others.

For students interested in business, the Cox School of Business offers majors in accounting, finance, management, marketing and other business-related fields.

The Lyle School of Engineering offers focused majors in various engineering fields (civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical), as well as computer science and management science.

For students interested in communication arts or visual and performing arts, SMU's Meadows School of the Arts offers majors in art, advertising, journalism, creative computing, film and media arts, dance, music, theatre and more.

The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development offers majors in education (teacher certification) and applied physiology and sport management.

Students at SMU can also opt to focus on specialized studies through degree track programs such as pre-law, pre-med, physical therapy and biomedical research.

Making a Difference

Students can make their mark, meet new people and develop leadership skills through more than 200 clubs and organizations spanning a variety of activities. They can also get involved in student government, campus programming or community service. Annually, more than 2,500 undergraduate volunteers make a difference through approximately 70 nonprofit agencies. Students also participate in Alternative Break national service projects. Other options for students include joining a religious or multicultural group, or getting involved in Greek life.

Students can stay in shape at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports with the latest health and fitness equipment. Students interested in sports can opt to participate in one or more of the 21 intramurals like flag football, basketball or softball, and 17 club sports like lacrosse, baseball or hockey.

Inspiring Innovation

The Hilltop is a great place to live and learn; students enjoy innovative research labs and outstanding libraries with the latest technology. They also cheer for Mustang sports teams or visit the world-renowned Meadows Museum, a repository of one of the finest private collections of Spanish art outside Spain. SMU hosts hundreds of public arts events each year, from concerts and theatre to film, dance and literary festivals. Events such as the Tate Lecture Series bring world leaders and experts to campus.

SMU students benefit from the University?s proximity to the heart of Dallas, which is home to amazing restaurants, a world-renowned arts district, exciting nightlife and professional sports. Dallas offers great possibilities for internships and job opportunities. The area ranks third in the United States for Fortune 500 corporate headquarters.

SMU is also now home to The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, opening in April 2013. This will be the first Presidential Library to share the campus of a private university. The library "serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. The Library and Museum accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits." --Mission Statement

Exploring the World

Students can expand their horizons with SMU Abroad's 150 programs in 50 different countries to study for a semester, a summer, or a year. The unique SMU-in-Taos program brings history, science and art to life at SMU's spectacular campus in Northern New Mexico.

Solid Support

In addition to providing a valuable education with lifelong benefits, SMU partners with families to manage the cost of that education. Besides merit-based scholarships and customized financial aid packages for eligible students, SMU offers several payment plans. Seventy percent of SMU undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance from the University, including merit- or need-based aid. Kiplinger named SMU among its best values in private colleges. An SMU education is within reach for all students.

Mustang Spirit

SMU has 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including the football team which has played in three consecutive bowl games. Mustang spirit and traditions make for memories that will last a lifetime.

The best way for students to get a feel for SMU is to visit. They can walk around the scenic campus on a sunny spring day, experience the excitement before a football game, or view the quad lit up for the holidays. SMU offers many structured visits, like Mustang Mondays, where prospective students can meet current students, talk with professors, and tour campus. Prospective students can also attend an information session, admission interview, and tour on a weekday or selected Saturday.


Location & Contact

Southern Methodist University

6425 Boaz Lane
Dallas, TX 75275
USA

Mr.Wes Waggoner

Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Executive Director of Enrollment Services

Phone: 214-768-3417
Fax: 214-768-1083
Email: ugadmission@smu.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Operations Research
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Statistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geophysics and Seismology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Policy Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Policy Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Music Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Financial Planning and Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Real Estate
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Insurance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

50% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied12,080
    • Accepted6,125
    • Acceptance Rate50%
    • Enrolled6,357
    • Female Applicants6,842
    • Females Accepted3,380
    • Female Acceptance Rate49%
    • Male Applicants5,238
    • Males Accepted2,745
    • Male Acceptance Rate52%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
      statement of good standing from prior institution(s)
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.65
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 1st Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 643 600 690
    • SAT Math 659 620 700
    • SAT Writing 633 590 680
    • ACT Composite 29 27 31
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$40,770
    • Out-of-state tuition *$40,770
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$5,170.00
    • Room and board *$14,645.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students6,357
    • Male Student Percentage49%
    • Female Student Percentage51%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino11.72%
    • Black or African American5.58%
    • White or Caucasian65.47%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.42%
    • Asian6.75%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.11%
    • Two or more races2.94%
    • Unknown.35%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.65% representing 65 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students50% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 38%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Program Council, Student Senate, Student Foundation, Residence Hall Association, SPARC (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility, and Citizenship)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division C No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division C Yes
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Football Yes Division A Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division C Yes
    • Crew No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No Division X Yes
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,156
    • Full-time Percentage63%
    • Part-time Percentage37%
    • Female Percentage40%
    • Male Percentage60%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 8,255 students to 783 faculty


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