Southern Methodist University

dallas, Texas
4-year Private university


Southern Methodist University is a private institution established in 1911 with suburban setting located at Dallas. It is ranked 61 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $54,493 (2018). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,452. It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#61 in national universities
Location dallas, Texas
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1911
Selectivity Moderate
Size Medium
6,452 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
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 of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $54,493
Outstate Tuition Fee $54,493
Room and Board Fees $16,845
$57,300 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


49% (Moderate 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
Early Action Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$43,715 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$19,090 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $74,738
100% Students with need received Financial Aid
87% 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

President’s Scholars Program
Total Worth full tuition
Eligibility All incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program
Total Worth 42000
Eligibility All incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
SMU Distinguished Scholarship
Total Worth 20000
Eligibility All incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Robert H. Dedman Scholarship for North Dallas High School
Total Worth Full-tuition
Details This scholarship program was established to award the top scholars at North Dallas High School. This program awards full tuition and is stackable with other Academic Achievement, school and departmental scholarships to cover the cost of annual fees, housing and dining expenses.
Stars on the Rise
Total Worth 5,000 per year
Details Initiated in 1983, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Stars on the Rise Scholarship Program is the premier scholarship program for Hispanic students in the North Texas area. Since that time, it has had a transformational effect on highly talented and academically prepared students who might otherwise find it a financial hardship to fulfill their dreams of a college degree. SMU is pleased to offer an annual scholarship of $5,000 per academic year up to four years to students who are recipients of this award. This scholarship may be combined with other scholarship or grant aid from SMU, but in no case can the combination of institutional aid exceed Tuition and Fees for that academic year.


6,452 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
91% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
81% Students graduate within 6 years