Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas
4-year Private university

Overview

Southern Methodist University is a private institution established in 1911 with suburban setting located at Dallas. It is ranked 89 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $64,460 (2024). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,056. It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#89 in National Universities
Setting
Suburban
Location Dallas, Texas
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1911
Selectivity Low
Size Medium
7,056 Undergraduates

Learning

11:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
business/marketing
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts

Cost

$83,130
Cost of Attendance
$32,580
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $54,493
Outstate Tuition Fee $54,493
Room and Board Fees $18,230
$62,462 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation

Applying

52% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.7 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal
Other Applications Accepted Apply Texas, Coalition

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

1) Applicants have lived and worked full-time in the U.S. or in a country where English is the official language for at least two of the past four years.
or
2) Applicants hold an undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree from a college or university where English is the official language of instruction.
or
3) Applicants scored at or above the 80th percentile on the verbal section of the GMAT exam

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Nov
01
Early Action Deadline
Nov
01
Early Decision Deadline
Jan
15
Early Decision II Deadline
Jul
31
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Jan
15
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
--
--
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Nov
01
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
--
--
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$51,726 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$44,517 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $83,130
29% Students with need received Financial Aid
37.7% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline November 1
Forms to be submitted CSS/Financial Aid Profile, FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Available
President’s Scholars Program
Total Worth full tuition
Eligibility shown exemplary academic and leadership skills
Minimum Criteria based on academic performance
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program
Total Worth $46,000
Eligibility extraordinary leadership qualities and strong academic performance
Minimum Criteria based on academic performance
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
SMU Distinguished Scholarship
Total Worth --
Eligibility students who have demonstrated outstanding academic success throughout high school
Minimum Criteria based on academic performance
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
National Merit Scholarships
Total Worth $5,000 annually
Eligibility students who have been named National Merit or Achievement Finalists
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholars
Total Worth $7,500
Eligibility Students who complete the IB Diploma Program
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Discovery Scholars
Total Worth $9,000 per year
Eligibility students with an indicated primary academic interest in certain STEM disciplines
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Robert H. Dedman Scholarship for North Dallas High School
Total Worth Full-tuition
Details The Robert H. Dedman SMU scholarship program was established to award the top scholars at North Dallas High School. The endowment fund, created by Mr. Dedman due to his generosity and appreciation of the education afforded him by his high school, provides a full tuition & fees, room and board scholarship for two students that matriculate from North Dallas High School to Southern Methodist University.
Embrey Academic Excellence Scholarship Program and Engineering Fellows Scholarship Program
Total Worth from $8,000 - $20,000 over a four-year period
Details J. Lindsay Embrey Scholarships are awarded every year to the top pre-engineering students of the admitted class. The Lyle School of Engineering aims to help students develop who will make a difference in the world. We are looking for academically gifted students who have made an impact in their local community and want to use engineering as a way to tackle society’s most audacious problems. The award amount varies but typically ranges from $8,000 - $20,000 over a four-year period. This award is stackable with the Academic Achievement Scholarships, up to but not exceeding full tuition and fees. To qualify, apply for admission by the January 15 Regular Decision/Early Decision II deadline and list an Engineering discipline as a primary academic interest.

Students

7,056 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
91% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
75% Students graduate within 6 years