Students Say

Located on a tree-lined, “beautiful campus” in the heart of Dallas, Southern Methodist University is a mid-size private university with a lot going on. The school has a “unique culture” that relies on “top academics” and a “long-standing history of strong traditions” to build “incredible alumni support,” which in turn brings students excellent internship and job opportunities. SMU offers everything “from a great social life and extracurricular activities to fun and interesting classes,” including a “phenomenal business school” and “amazing” facilities.

Overview

Applicants
11,817
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average HS GPA
3.67

GPA Breakdown

50%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 695
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Located on a tree-lined, “beautiful campus” in the heart of Dallas, Southern Methodist University is a mid-size private university with a lot going on. The school has a “unique culture” that relies on “top academics” and a “long-standing history of strong traditions” to build “incredible alumni support,” which in turn brings students excellent internship and job opportunities. SMU offers everything “from a great social life and extracurricular activities to fun and interesting classes,” including a “phenomenal business school” and “amazing” facilities. The school prides itself on being “a close-knit community of the intellectually elite,” and this translates into “a wealth of academic resources [with which] to be successful, a flood of opportunities for those who want them, and thus a community of intellectuals who happen to genuinely care about each other.” Professors are “incredibly gifted in their fields and exceptional communicators.” They “love interacting with students” and “are willing to put in extra time to convey the material accurately to students.” “If their office hours don’t match yours, they will change their schedule to accommodate people,” says a student. Most have worked in the industry that they teach in, and therefore they “can offer real-life connections to the material we learn.” The syllabus is also modeled “to what you’ll face in the real world.” The legion of SMU alumni provides excellent connections into the business world (among others), and a “dedicated career services center” only sweetens the employment pot. Since many attend SMU for the Cox School of Business, it helps that the school is in the ideal location “to secure great jobs with Fortune 500 companies right here in Dallas.” The school’s administration also “understands that studying abroad, internships, extracurriculars, etc., also play a crucial role in developing students into the adults and professionals they want to become.” “SMU puts the ‘classy’ back in classical education,” says a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
1,125
with Terminal Degree
748

679
Men
446
Women
178
Minority
30
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
30 - 39


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Insurance
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Music Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Music Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • International Policy Analysis
  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Laura Bush, '68
First Lady of the United States of America

James Cronin, '51
Nobel laureate in physics

Kathy Bates, '69
Academy Award-winning actress

Beth Henley, '74
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

Robert Dennard, '54, '56
Inventor of the computer memory chip

William Joyce, '81
Emmy Award-winning artist and animator

Catherine Crier, '77
Emmy Award-winning journalist and former judge

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

A degree from Southern Methodist University certainly pays off. After all, according to Payscale.com, the average starting salary?for a recent SMU grad is $49,100. Of course, all of this success starts at the “dedicated” career center. To begin with, the school excels at leveraging its prime Dallas location where there are “ample internship [and job] opportunities.” It also manages to attract a number of corporations for its spring job fair. Companies in attendance have previously included AT&T, the Dallas Zoo, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Ernst & Young, Peace Corps, Neiman Marcus and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. And fear not; career services ensures that students arrive at the fair prepared. Indeed, they provide interview techniques, resume workshops, networking tutorials and, most important, votes of confidence.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$49,100

Median Mid-Career Salary
$88,100

Alumni with High Job Meaning
48%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
86

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Incoming Southern Methodist students should expect to be greeted by a tuition bill of roughly $40,770. In addition, undergraduates hoping to reside on-campus will have to pay another $14,645 for room and board. SMU also charges $5,170 in required fees. And the university predicts that students will spend around $800 on books and various academic supplies.

Bang For Your Buck

An SMU education is a great investment. And while the cost might seem a tad steep on paper, the university really aims to make it affordable for all qualified students. Indeed, an accounting major estimates that roughly “75 percent of all students are on some type of financial aid or scholarship” and the schools says that it awarded 88 million in scholarships in 2014. And there are several initiatives which really help undergrads bridge financial gaps. For example, the President’s Scholars Program provides full tuition and fees for students who display exemplary academic and leadership skills. Additionally, the average undergraduate total need-based gift aid is $18,564. And the average need-based loan is $4,355.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,444

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,674

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,373

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,671

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
39%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,180

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,770
Required Fees
$5,420
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

This student body is “happy and leads a balanced life” at a school that it loves. Most students at SMU “tend to be a bit preppy,” “polite,” and tend to come from “influential backgrounds.” Many “work a lot for pay or do internships,” take a lot of class hours, “are involved…and have fun a lot.” “They are very busy people, and they prefer it that way,” says one student. All of these “motivated, outgoing,” people “thrive on leadership” and are “dedicated to academics and involvement, both at SMU and in the greater community.” Fashion “is a big part of SMU culture.” This group is “very social” and frequently interacts with the Dallas community and “amazing arts and restaurant scene around campus.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,391
Out of State
51%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
101

Demographics

7.02%
Asian
5.34%
African-American
12.57%
Hispanic
70.81%
Caucasian
7.63%
International

50% female
50% male
51% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Despite the fact it is located in the heart of Dallas, “the atmosphere is very calm and relaxing.” SMU students frequently head to uptown Dallas “for fine dining and dancing” and often see movies, shop, and attend concerts and sports games. Everyone is always on campus for the football games for “boulevarding” (“basically tailgating but on steroids”), and “we love to have alums come visit us for the tailgate,” says a student. Students generally fit in with this “a vibrant social life” best once they have found an extracurricular organization that is right for them, and oftentimes “sororities and fraternities tend to be this venue.” However, some wish there was “less emphasis on Greek Life,” since “if you’re not Greek, you can sometimes feel left out or looked down on.” Students devote a large portion of their time to their studies, but “there is always a social event every weekend night to blow off steam.” This heavy concentration on future careers means that most here are “definitely wanting to become leaders in their field or profession,” so “fraternity parties and formals are popular, but at the same time so are speeches from prominent members of the community and theatrical performances.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Rebecca Marin

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A full psychoeducational assessment conducted, preferably, in the last three years. Needs to use comprehensive measures of potential and achievement.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Report from either a licensed psychologist or physician trained in diagnosing ADHD. Evaluation needs to be conducted, preferably, within three years of the time student seeks accommodations. Documentation guidelines are posted on website.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
27

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Mustangs)
9 Sports

Basketball
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Mustangs)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Univ. of North Texas

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, Apple, GovConnection

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kathleen Hayden
Visitation Coordinator

Address
PO Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275

Phone
1-800-323-0672

Email
ugadmission@smu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Gerald J Ford Stadium
Meadows Museum
Hughes Trigg Student Center
Dallas Hall
Fondren Library
George W. Bush Presidential Center & Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center
Dallas Museum of Art
West End Historical District
Southfork Ranch
John F. Kennedy Memorial - Sixth floor of Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Saturday
8:30 am till 5:00 pm; 9:30am till 1:00pm
1-800-323-0672

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10am & 2:15 pm Mon-Fri, selected Saturdays9 am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
ugadmission@smu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is approximately 15 miles from campus. Airport shuttle minivans are available for the ride from the airport to campus; direct-dial free phones are located near the baggage area. The minivans and taxis leave from the lower level of the airport. Love Field (served by Southwest Airlines) is approximately 4 miles from campus; airport shuttle minivans are also available at this airport. By special arrangement with SMU, American Airlines makes reduced fares available to visitors for all SMU special visitation days. For details, call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 800-433-1790 and ask for Star Number S9700. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways bus lines serve Dallas.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-30 (U.S. Routes 67/80), exit to U.S. Rte. 75 N. Exit from Rte. 75 to Mockingbird Lane West, which will take you to campus.
Southern Methodist University campus - Image 0
javascript

Key Stats

11,817
Applicants
6,391
Size
52%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists