About Southern Methodist University

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.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate48%
Application Deadline
Application Fee60
SAT Range1220-1410
ACT Range28-32

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.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Southern Methodist University.

9%
“We”re apathetic”
38%
“We know about current events and vote”
45%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
8%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
28%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
29%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
65%
“I feel extremely safe”
9%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
57%
“We bought the gear”
34%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
21%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
50%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
26%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
40%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
2%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
50%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
47%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
17%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
34%
“We only party on weekends”
47%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
38%
“There might be people who do”
43%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
11%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
9%
“We”re apathetic”
38%
“We know about current events and vote”
45%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
8%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
28%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
29%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
65%
“I feel extremely safe”
9%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
57%
“We bought the gear”
34%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
21%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
50%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
26%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
40%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
2%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
50%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
47%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
17%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
34%
“We only party on weekends”
47%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
38%
“There might be people who do”
43%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
11%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Southern Methodist University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    98 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    72 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    105 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    105 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    105 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 61 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    104 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    105 Students rated local services 4.5 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    105 Students rated academics 4 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Southern Methodist University?

51 Students rated Southern Methodist University

Jeff - 08/24/2021

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.

Carter - 08/24/2021

I can't imagine these 4 years of college anywhere else. SMU has everything - awesome campus, athletics and school spirit, academics, accessible professors and tons of clubs with social, environmental, sports and internship opportunites. I really feel like I'm building my future at SMU but still enjoying a traditional college experience and having fun. My friends are from all over the country, all backgrounds, some Greek, some not, and the campus has always felt big and inspiring yet still like home. I am a proud Mustang and will be a proud alumni someday.

Sara - 08/24/2021

I come from a California middle class family - went to public school, scholar athlete, service, worked hard to attend a great university. I had heard the stereoptypes of SMU but my experience has been the complete opposite. The same with students we know who have attended and their families. Everyone I have met has been welcoming, very nice, down to earth, and motivated! The staff and faculty are extremely helpful and interested. The campus is amazing. Respected academics, big time sports, clubs, and plenty of opportunity within both Dallas and beyond.

Murphy - 03/29/2021

I believe it's a great school for academics. But their tuition is just too expensive

Southern Methodist University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Southern Methodist University?

    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 _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    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.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates at SMU are centrally driven toward a specific goal for their future and will dedicate themselves to the fulfillment of this goal.

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  4. What are the academics like at your school?

    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.

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  5. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    YES!!!! Barbies and Kens are everywhere. Money/Greek/parties are a huge part of the campus life. Southern 'Millionaires" University

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  6. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    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.

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  7. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    stereotypes stem from some truth, so yes

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  8. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    VERY incolved activities, and SOOO much going on everyday. I am alwasy busy, so I dont personally attend very many events.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    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.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It is very expensive but very worth it.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    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.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    business school

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  13. What's unique about your campus?

    The opportunity to be involved in a variety of extracurricular activites.

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  14. What kind of person should attend this school?

    asdf

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Its like a melting pot, there are a mix of all different stereotypes.

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  16. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    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.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    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.

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  18. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about our school is stereotypes of different groups on campus.

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  19. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    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.

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  20. What are your classes like?

    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.

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  21. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    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.

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Student Body

Students

50%

female

50%

male

6,521

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,218

Total Grad Students

55%

Out-Of-State

38%

In-State

7%

International

Organizations

180

Student Organizations

13

Fraternities

14

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

18%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
6%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
11%
% White or Caucasian
65%

TUITION & AID

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.

Cost Out of State

$50,358

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$800

Books and Supplies

$16,125

Room and Board

67,283

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$16,072
$30 - $48K
$20,784
$48 - $75K
$25,405
$75 - $110K
$31,567
$110K & UP
$43,860

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