Southern Methodist University

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School Overview

The Southern Methodist University (SMU) was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1911 and located in Park, Texas. SMU is owned by the South Central jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and operates campuses in Taos, New Mexico, University Park, Texas and Plano, Texas. Annual enrollment at Southern Methodist university is roughly 12,000 students, 7000 of which are undergraduates.

There is seven academic colleges and degree granting schools within SMU which include the The Lyle School of engineering, Perkins school of theology, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Meadows School of the Arts, Dedman School of Law, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Cox School of Business.

General Information

Admission Office
PO Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275-0181
(214) 768-3417
(800) 323-0672
Fax: (214) 768-0202

Contact: Ron Moss
Executive Director of Enrollment Services
Main Address
PO Box 750221
Dallas, TX 75275-0221
(214) 768-2000
www.smu.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 6,240
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,398
Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,172
Graduate enrollment: 3,521

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 50%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 89%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 10,336
Percent Admitted: 55%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 24%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 580 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 600 (25th Percentile)
  • 690 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 27 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $30,880 $33,170 $35,160 $37,230 +5.89%
Books and Supplies $800 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,995 $11,805 $12,360 $12,655 +2.39%
Other $1,600 $1,600 $1,600 $2,600 +62.50%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $44,275 $47,375 $49,920 $53,285 +6.74%
In-state Off Campus $31,680 $33,970 $35,960 $38,030 +5.76%
In-state with Family $31,680 $33,970 $35,960 $38,030 +5.76%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $33,144
In-state Student Fees $4,190
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $33,144
Out-of-state Fees $4,190

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,077 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,043 75% $19,496,875 $18,693
• Federal grants 120 9% $673,394 $5,612
• Pell grants 118 8% $433,809 $3,676
• Other federal grants 104 7% $239,585 $2,304
State/local government grant or scholarships 167 12% $606,124 $3,629
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,036 74% $18,217,357 $17,584
Student loan aid 379 27% $2,903,668 $7,661
• Federal student loans 371 27% $1,906,032 $5,138
• Other student loans 64 5% $997,636 $15,588

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1935 1450 314 87
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 5
African-american/black Studies 1
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 1
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies 3
Women’s Studies
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 66 3 2
Biochemistry 8
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 58 3 2
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 465 587
Accounting 90 100
Business Administration and Management 41 145
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 65
Finance 186 165
Financial Planning and Services 30 16
Insurance 1
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems 35
Management Science 24
Marketing/marketing Management 74 61
Real Estate 19
Communication and Journalism Programs 202
Advertising 76
Journalism 57
Public Relations/image Management 69
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 24 40
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 24 40
Computing and Information Sciences 22 32 1
Computer Science 22 12 1
Computer/information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 20
Education 8 93 2 27
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 10
Education, Other 77 2
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Specific Learning Disabilities 27
Music Teacher Education 8 6
Engineering 110 233 14
Civil Engineering 12 5 1
Computer Engineering 8 33 1
Computer Software Engineering 25
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 10 31 7
Engineering Science 1
Engineering 36 6
Engineering, Other 21
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 3 9
Manufacturing Engineering 8
Mechanical Engineering 41 15 4
Operations Research 12 1
Systems Engineering 67
Engineering Technology 95 2
Engineering/industrial Management 48 2
Telecommunications Technology/technician 47
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 44 1
Creative Writing 7
English Language and Literature 37 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 86
French Language and Literature 15
German Language and Literature 1
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 70
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 1 31
Mental Health Counseling/counselor 31
Music Therapy/therapist 1
History 52 9 3
History 52 9 3
Human Services 26
Public Policy Analysis 26
Legal and Law Studies 54 258
American/u.s. Law/legal Studies/jurisprudence 2 1
Law 257
Programs For Foreign Lawyers 35
Tax Law/taxation 17
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 52 31 1
General Studies 2
Humanities/humanistic Studies 8 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 42
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 30 1
Mathematics and Statistics 65 6 9
Computational Mathematics 4 6
Mathematics 63
Statistics 2 2 3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 39 42 9
International/global Studies 35
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 42 9
Natural Resources and Conservation 4 2
Environmental Science 1 2
Environmental Studies 3
Physical Sciences 21 1 7
Chemistry 11 3
Geology and Earth Science 9 1 2
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics 1 2
Psychology 131 4 1
Clinical Psychology 1
Psychology 131 4
Social Sciences 397 33 9
Anthropology 33 8 4
Applied Economics 9
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 1
Economics 210 16 5
Political Science and Government 97
Social Sciences 10
Sociology 46
Theology and Religious Vocations 87 6
Divinity/ministry 60
Religious/sacred Music 8
Theology/theological Studies 19 6
Visual and Performing Arts 139 78 10
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 25 3
Cinematography and Film/video Production 6
Conducting 2
Dance 19 3
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 20 8
Film/cinema/video Studies 35
Fine and Studio Arts Management 21
Fine/studio Arts 15 4
Keyboard Instruments 2 1
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1
Music Performance 6 19 10
Music Theory and Composition 3 1
Music 7
Voice and Opera 7 9
Work and Family Studies 4
Facilities Planning and Management 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
European Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Italian Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B,C
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General C
Information Sciences/Systems B

Education

Music Teacher Education B

Engineering

Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering/Industrial Management B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Italian B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Music Therapy B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Medieval/Renaissance Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Applied Economics B
Econometrics B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Pre-Ministerial Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Southern Methodist University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(214) 768-2000
Website:www.smu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.smu.edu/Admission/Apply
Address:6425 Boaz St, Dallas, TX 75275-0221
Setting:21
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:11,739
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):79%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:10,980 (94% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$50,358
Out-of-state Tuition:$50,358
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:73%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$29,539

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Southern Methodist University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southern Methodist University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences211
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services911
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs51
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services131
Education1231
Engineering17128
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields121
English Language and Literature/Letters211
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics5
Health Professions and Related Programs22
History111
Legal Professions and Studies31
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities333
Mathematics and Statistics222
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies133
Natural Resources and Conservation21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies211
Physical Sciences444
Psychology121
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2
Social Sciences1742
Theology and Religious Vocations31
Visual and Performing Arts11213
Grand total10807926

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Southern Methodist University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Engineering104
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Grand total156

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southern Methodist University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$50,358
Out-of-state$50,358
Books and supplies$800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$46,560
Out-of-state$46,560

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid99873%
Grant or scholarship aid96971%$29,539
Student loan aid33224%$8,606

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,27067%$28,119
Federal student loans1,63425%$6,634

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southern Methodist University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southern Methodist University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants13,2506,0607,190
Percent admitted100%50%48%
Percent admitted who enrolled11%13%10%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southern Methodist University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment11,739
Undergraduate enrollment6,521
Graduate enrollment5,218

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southern Methodist University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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