Southern Methodist University Profile


Southern Methodist University, founded in 1911, is a church-affiliated, comprehensive university. Students seeking a well-rounded education are attracted to SMU’s wide choice of majors. Classes are generally small, providing an opportunity for students to interact with faculty. SMU’s parklike campus and neo-Georgian buildings provide a beautiful setting, and downtown Dallas is just five miles south, with opportunities for internships, part-time jobs and career development. With around 130 organizations, leadership opportunities abound. Study-abroad programs and a campus near Taos, New Mexico give students the chance to broaden their educational experience, as do more than 400 cultural and arts events and lectures by international figures each year. Its 163-acre, suburban campus is located in Dallas.


Entrance Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 55% of 10,338 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: Yes
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: January 15

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular: Important

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.64
SAT Math: 645 average  600-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 630 average  580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 620 average  570-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 29 average  26-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: $58,689
Tuition and Fees: $41,750
Room and Board: $13,539
Average Percent of Need Met: 85%
Average Freshman Award: $36,215
Average Indebtedness of 2011 Graduates: $26,297


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 705
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-59 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 003613: Free

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