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Southern Methodist University Admissions Information

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX (map)


Southern Methodist University is located in Dallas, Texas–a city which boasts nearly 250 annual days of sunshine. This bright climate lends itself to a happy campus and student body whose academic abilities are complemented by a genuine desire to experience as much as possible, both on campus and in the city. Despite the school’s name, classes at SMU are actually secular, and students represent a wide range of religious affiliations. Students at SMU are encouraged to excel, and are rewarded for doing so through programs such as the University Honors Program, in which selected students enroll in small seminars and have access to exclusive research grants and job opportunities. In addition, SMU offers a wide range of opportunities to study abroad, with 24 programs in 12 countries.

Outside of the classroom, students at Southern Methodist University face a plethora of ways to spend their time. The SMU Mustangs draw a crowd of loyal fans and spectators at many games and Peruna, the school’s mascot, is among the most recognizable figures around campus. All first-year students must live on campus, though each may choose whether to live in an exclusively first-year residence hall, or one in which all four years live together. Greek life has a strong and lively presence throughout campus, and students may participate in any of ten fraternities or eight sororities.



Basic Info

Main Address: 6425 Boaz Lane
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone Number: (214) 768-2000  
Website: http://www.smu.edu/  


Type of school: Private, coed  
Type of school: United Methodist Church  
Setting: Suburban, large town; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 6,192  
Percent out-of-state: 49%  
Percent international: 6.52%  
Female to Male ratio: 53:47  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 12:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Musical Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Society
International Students
Literary Magazine
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Before every home football game, SMU students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather along Bishop Boulevard (SMU's main street) for pregame picnicking and festivities.
  • Ranked #12, Most Conservative Students
  • Each year, incoming freshmen are brought on a traditional retreat known as the "Mustang Corral" in which they meet one another and faculty, and participate in ice-breakers in an off-campus setting.

Admissions Information

Southern Methodist University accepts just over half of all applicants, which establishes the school as selective but not overwhelmingly competitive. Admissions occur on a rolling basis, which means that the earlier a prospective student submits his or her application, the more of a an advantage he or she has in the admissions process, since earlier applications are reviewed against fewer other candidates.

SMU admissions officials approach an application holistically, considering a variety of factors when making a decision about a student. The applicant's class rank, application essay, recommendations, standardized test scores, and GPA all hold significant weight in the admissions process. In addition, considerations such as an applicant's character, extracurricular involvement, talent, alumni relation, and demonstrated interest in SMU all hold some weight in the decision process.

Admissions address: Laura Lee Blanton Building
6185 Airline
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone number: (214) 768-2058  
Fax number: (214) 768-0103  
Admissions Website: http://www.smu.edu/Admission/Apply.aspx  
Email: ugadmission@smu.edu  
Contact Person: Stephanie Dupaul, Dean of Undergraduate Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 8,239  
Percent of applicants admitted: 54%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: March 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores
School Report
Mid-year Report
Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section score for all test dates; strongly encourages submission of test scores from each test date  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 6660  
ACT code: 4171  
Learn more about other Top Texas schools:
Texas Christian   Baylor   Rice   University of Texas  

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