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Colleges / Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate52%

About SMU

Southern Methodist University is a private, religious university in the city of Dallas, Texas. SMU was founded in 1911. The university currently enrolls around 12,053 students per year, including 7,080 undergrad students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Southern Methodist University

It is moderately difficult to get into SMU. SMU admitted 52% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 16,150 students applied to SMU and 8,439 were admitted.

Southern Methodist University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 52%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 73%
Average GPA 3.7
Test Optional May require tests
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 73%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 17%

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Southern Methodist University is located in the city of Dallas, Texas, near Dallas-Fort Worth.

If you are interested in seeing SMU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 75 to Dallas, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International.

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College Info

6425 Boaz Lane Dallas, TX 75275

Campus Setting: Urban

SMU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SMU is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to SMU is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Southern Methodist University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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SMU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1390 - 1500


Math SAT Range

690 - 770


Reading SAT Range

680 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1500 and Above


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1390 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for SMU students is 1436. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to SMU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1390 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 have a low chance of being offered a spot at SMU.

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Wondering what life at SMU is like? There are approximately 12,053 students enrolled at SMU, including 7,080 undergraduate students and 4,973 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 45% percent are from TX and 55% percent of students are from other states.


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