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Colleges / Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX 4-Year Private

About SMU

Southern Methodist University is a private, religous school located in the urban setting of Dallas, TX, less than an hour from Dallas-Fort Worth.

Founded in 1911, the institution currently enrolls around 12,373 students a year, including 6,827 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

SMU's endowment was valued at $1,650,180,651 in 2021.

2021 Admissions Facts About SMU

Acceptance rate: 53%

Average GPA: 3.63

Mean ACT score: 31

Mean SAT score: 1343

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: July 31

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

What's the acceptance rate at Southern Methodist University in 2021?

It is moderately difficult to get into Southern Methodist University. Around 53 percent of all applicants to SMU are accepted each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.63 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into SMU is 1343. The mean ACT scores is 31.

In 2021, 2,043 applicants were waitlisted and 340 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is SMU a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,455 students who started at SMU as first-time freshman, 1,065 graduate within four years.

Around 81 percent of students who started at SMU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $33,575 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does SMU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is SMU a good school for YOU?

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SMU's application deadline is July 1. All applicants should hear back from SMU by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about SMU and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

College Info

6425 Boaz Lane Dallas, TX 75275

Campus Setting: Urban

SMU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SMU is Jul 31.

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

SMU ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


29 to 33


29 and Less


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SMU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

660 - 760


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

SMU Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at SMU is like? There are approximately 11,824 students enrolled at SMU, including 6,710 undergraduate students and 5,114 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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Part Time


In State



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