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Southern Methodist University Overview

Southern Methodist University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Dallas, Texas. SMU is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Southern Methodist University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$54,761 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at SMU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at SMU is the doctor's degree.
  • In <nil>, 66% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from SMU makes roughly $76,672 a year. This is 88% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average SMU student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Where Is Southern Methodist University?


Contact details for SMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6425 Boaz St, Dallas, TX 75275-0221
Phone: 214-768-2000

How Do I Get Into SMU?

You can apply to SMU online at:

Admission Requirements for SMU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SMU?

53% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
16% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 53%, SMU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 55%.

Average Test Scores

About 16% of students accepted to SMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 660 and 740. Math scores were between 680 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 660 to 740 )

SAT Math Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 680 to 770 )
SMU received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 33. Composite scores were between 31 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 32 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 28 to 33 )
ACT Composite Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 31 to 34 )

Can I Afford Southern Methodist University?

$54,761 Net Price
26% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SMU is $54,761. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SMU, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $10,532 a year. That adds up to $42,128 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SMU is 1.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Southern Methodist University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,728 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,908 undergraduate students at SMU, with 6,728 being full-time and 180 being part-time.


There are also 5,477 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,728 full-time undergraduates at SMU, 51% are male and 49% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern Methodist University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 566
Black or African American 324
Hispanic or Latino 912
White 4,236
International Students 288
Other Races/Ethnicities 402

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Southern Methodist University. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 99 countries are represented at SMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Southern Methodist University

912 Took All Classes Online
1,615 Took At Least One Class Online
136.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 1,615 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SMU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 12th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of SMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern Methodist University was 136.5%. This is the #350 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SMU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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