Southern Methodist University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Southern Methodist University
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Around half of applicants are admitted to Southern Methodist University (SMU) each year. The university is selective, and successful applicants will need grades and test scores that are well above average to be accepted. Interested students will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or the ACT, a resume of extracurricular activities, and a letter of recommendation. Campus visits are encouraged for all interested students to see if the school would be a good match for them. If you have any questions about applying, be sure to contact the admissions office for assistance.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Southern Methodist University Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for SMU
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 600 / 700
    • SAT Math: 620 / 710
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 28 / 32
    • ACT English: 27 / 33
    • ACT Math: 26 / 31

Southern Methodist University Description

Located in the University Park area of Dallas, Southern Methodist University consistently ranks among the top 100 national universities. The Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts are both worth a close look, and SMU has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The university offers 80 bachelor degree programs through its five undergraduate schools. SMU is affiliated with the Methodist Church, but its teaching is nonsectarian (from its founding, SMU has been interested in becoming a great university, not a great Methodist University). In athletics, the SMU Mustangs compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 11,739 (6,521 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,358
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $16,125
  • Other Expenses: $2,600
  • Total Cost: $69,883

Southern Methodist University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 73%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 71%
    • Loans: 24%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,539
    • Loans: $8,606

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Advertising, Economics, Finance, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science, Public Relations
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Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 16%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Rowing, Golf, Volleyball, Equestrian, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics