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Colleges / Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate53%
Acceptance Rate53%

SMU Academics

Southern Methodist University requires at least 122 credit hours to complete a bachelor's degree.

Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. SMU accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, SMU has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

NOTE: Around 82% of students who start college at SMU graduate within six years.

SMU offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Academic Options Yes No
Accelerated Degree Program
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted
IB Credits Accepted
Summer Classes Available
New Student Orientation

Reminder: SMU may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.

Which Courses Will I Take At SMU?

SMU has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement.

Students do not have to take a computer class.

Course Required?
2nd Language No
Math Yes
Science Yes
Computer No

Reminder: Check with SMU directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at SMU

When choosing a major, SMU students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at SMU.

Student Designed Majors

SMU allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.

Senior Projects

SMU does not require students to complete a senior project.

Double Majoring at SMU

SMU offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.

NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.


Frequently Asked Questions About Southern Methodist University


Does SMU Offer Learning Disability Services?

✅ SMU does offer services for students with disabilities.

Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does SMU Have An Online Program?

✅ SMU has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does SMU Offer AP Credit?

✅ SMU offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does SMU Have An Honors Program?

✅ SMU offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does SMU Require Internships?

❌ Students at SMU are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.

Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While SMU does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.


Additional Information About Southern Methodist University


Southern Methodist University Library

The main library on campus is the Fondren Library and there are 7 other libraries on campus.

Dual Degree Programs at SMU

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.

SMU does not have any dual degree programs available for students.

ROTC

What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Does SMU have any ROTC programs?

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

SMU has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at SMU include:

•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus

•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

12,385

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

53%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,980

Out-of-State

$61,980

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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