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Southern Methodist University


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

Address PO Box 750181
Dallas, TX  75275-0181
United States
Contact Ms. Elena Hicks
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
Phone: 214-768-3417
Fax: 214-768-1083

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, And Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Checkmark
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Econometrics And Quantitative Economics Checkmark
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Political Science And Government Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
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Application Fee
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2
One recommendation
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended Essay
A minimum high school GPA of 2.7
Other requirements: Statement of good standing from prior institution(s)

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th Not reported
Early decision plan November 1st December 31st
Other early decision plan November 1st December 31st
Transfer April 1st Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 670 630 710
SAT Math 700 650 750
ACT Composite 31 29 33

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Aid

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99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 11.62%
Black or African American 4.56%
White or Caucasian 64.3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.26%
Asian 6.84%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.08%
Two or more races 4.26%


Male (51.32%)
Female (48.68%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Cooperative housing
Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 54%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, Sing Song and Mane Event (all-school block party)

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Program Council, Student Senate, Student Foundation, Residence Hall Association and SPARC (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility, and Citizenship)

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Checkmark No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Checkmark Checkmark
Crew No No No
Cross-country Running No No No
Equestrian Sports No No No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football Checkmark Division 1A Checkmark
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Checkmark Checkmark
Crew No Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark Checkmark
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 763
Part-time - 389
Male - 682
Female - 470