Sign Up For Access to Millions of Scholarships
Or Login with
OR Create With
Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University. is a Private college. Located in Texas, which is a city setting in Texas, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 6,521 full time undergraduate students, and 5,218 full time graduate students.
The Southern Methodist University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 748 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Southern Methodist University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at SMU are considered More Selective, with ,49% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
96% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 76% were in the top quarter, and 47% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Southern Methodist University.
98 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
72 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
105 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.
105 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
105 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 61 % gave the school a 5.0.
104 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.
105 Students rated local services 4.5 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.
105 Students rated academics 4 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
54 Students rated Southern Methodist University
It is a unique experience. Southern hospitality will greet you by every corner you turn, and professors give you freedom to experiment and learn the way you feel comfortable and at your own pace. If you like sports, than SMU can confidently be at the top.
It's not a bad school, academics are good for the most part but you'll occasionally have some incompetent professors, but this is the case at most schools. The controversial aspect however, is the social life. Whether you have a great experience socially at SMU really depends on how much you fit in or conform as it's very tough to meet people outside of that lifestyle, particularly people who aren't preppy. The social scene and party scene are very gate kept for that matter, as unless you have a close friend who's a part of greek life and is aware of it, you'll likely be sitting in your room alone every night. There are no open house parties, everyone goes clubbing, which very mediocre and aren't a great way to meet people. The dorms feel less like a community and more like a hotel, with everyone being very aloof and cold. People aren't open to befriending others in class unless it's for the purposes of studying or working together for a better grade. The school's organizations that you can join are either dead, too niche for some, or have a tough process to join and be accepted.
SMU is very cliquey and is very hush hush about giving out info regarding the popular venues students visit. If you're not making connections within the first week of classes or even prior to that, you're likely going to struggle socially.
Easiest way to figure out if SMU is for you is to if you're any combination of the following: white, preppy, rich, an athlete, joining greek life, have existing connections to the school/student body, have a fake ID, and "conventionally" attractive. As that is what the student body is mostly made of and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's a lot different than what is advertised by the students and the administration who often say it's "very diverse." Good school, but only for a certain group of people.
GO HERE. Seriously, I am so happy I chose SMU. This school has so much to offer whatever you are into and academically you can't be more inspired here. I was able to navigate through my major with a a lot of support and guidance from preofessors and the department . I have made great friends and love the school spirit. I am not from Texas and have loved my experience here. I get a lot of "SMU is a great school!" comments when people ask where I go, no matter where I am.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Southern Methodist University is 48%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I would tell myself to try harder. When I was in high school all of my classes were dual-credit during my junior and senior years so I ended up graduating with an associates in science before attending university as a "freshman". My last two years I did not try as hard as I could; instead working at getting straight A's I goofed off and mainly recieved B's and A's. When joing this dual-credit program at a local community college I was granted all the freedom of a college student. I was allowed to leave campus as I pleased and classes were just exams. Like any freshman college student I relaxed and slacked off because I was not accustomed to making decisions and governing myself. Yes I did not do badly and ended up making A's my last semester but I should have tried harder. All in all I'm happy that I followed through with the program. Currently my grades can get me into a medical school but it is just a bit sad knowing if I would have tried harder my chances of attending the medical school of dreams would have increased.
My classmates at SMU are centrally driven toward a specific goal for their future and will dedicate themselves to the fulfillment of this goal.
I enjoy classes when teachers call out the people who are not working hard or focused on their academics. I hate when other students waste the teacher and other students' time. I wish we could take more than one class with teachers we specifically enjoyed, it's too difficult to get to know teachers over your four years here, which causes challenges when consideirng who to get recommendation letters from.
YES!!!! Barbies and Kens are everywhere. Money/Greek/parties are a huge part of the campus life. Southern 'Millionaires" University
I love that the campus is relatively small. Another great thing is the the bulidings look very old and they have shape to them rather than at some campuses all the buildings are square and look the same.
When I tell people that I attend SMU, they automatically think I am smart then they always ask how much it costs to go there.
I am neutral towards the administration. I have had good and bad experiences with professors.
stereotypes stem from some truth, so yes
VERY incolved activities, and SOOO much going on everyday. I am alwasy busy, so I dont personally attend very many events.
SMU has many traditions that make it somewhat unique - a long history where both academics and athletics play prominent roles. Due to its standing in Texas, it attracts many noteworthy speakers and lecturers and entertainment. It is far more conservative than other schools I had considered, in part for it's Texas location and Methodist orientation.
It is very expensive but very worth it.
Are you a person who is uncomfortable watching countless numbers of dollars go into an education, you should not attend SMU. As soon as you see your school bill, you will either a: lose your lunch, b: lose your religion, c: both, or d: learn how to cope and be thankful that you have financial aid and a transfer scholarship. It is for this reason that if you are not one to stand idly by and watch zeros pile up in the name of something that you are doing, beware.
The opportunity to be involved in a variety of extracurricular activites.
Its like a melting pot, there are a mix of all different stereotypes.
I wish I had known to go out more first semester to meet potential greek ties. But it really wasn't a big deal. There is nothing too important I didn;' know.
SMU has small classes, and a lot of interaction with professors. It is easy to get help, either using professors' office hours or the tutoring center. Classes were challenging, and there was always something to do around campus or in Dallas.
The worst thing about our school is stereotypes of different groups on campus.
The Greek life is VERY competitive. If you want to go Greek then go into it with an OPEN MIND and don't set your mind on a particular Greek organization.
Most of my classes are small about 5 to 20 students, just one class Biology is pretty big because that class is an introductory class and most students take it since it is super easy. I love my MWF classes because not only are they fifty minutes long but there most of my interesting courses, my Tuesday and Thursday class is one hour and twenty minutes and even though that seems pretty long trust me it goes my so fast, and since I have public speaking that day, it goes by so much faster than you could ever think. I love my classes sizes and it is so much easier to get to know your classmates and professors.
One of the best places to study or get your work done is Fondren Library which is open 24 hrs, and Fondren is a little loud if you study at the main area because people usually go and do group projects there but if you want to have peace and quiet you can always go upstairs and get a room. There is also Bridwell Library which is a longer walk for most people and it is a really quiet place, talking is not allowed unless you want to go down stairs for the computers. I like Fondren because if I need to meet with my friends we can in the talking area and if I need time to study I can just go and get my own room or a corner desk.
Total Undergrad Enrollment
Total Grad Students
of students living on campus
All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
73% of students
attending Southern Methodist University receive some sort of financial aid.
9% were awarded federal grants.
While 24% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
Tuition and fees(Out of state)
Books and Supplies
Room and Board
Total On Campus
We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages.
As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications.
© 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.
Find your perfect match from over 3 million scholarships!
Complete your profile to see if this school is a fit for you, and what your chances of admitance are.
Disclosure: EducationDynamics receive compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.
The sources for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.
Sponsored Meaning Explained
EducationDynamics receives compensation for the
featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored
Ad” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored
Results”). So what does this mean for you?
Compensation may impact where the Sponsored
Schools appear on our websites, including whether
they appear as a match through our education
matching services tool, the order in which they
appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our
websites do not provide, nor are they intended to
provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the
United States (b) located in a specific geographic
area or (c) that offer a particular program of study.
By providing information or agreeing to be
contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way
obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.
Your trust is our priority. We at EducationDynamics
believe you should make decisions about your
education with confidence. that’s why
EducationDynamicsis also proud to offer free
information on its websites, which has been used by
millions of prospective students to explore their
education goals and interests.