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Southern Methodist University Overview

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

What Is Southern Methodist University Known For?

1,942 Undergraduate Awards
$54,960 Avg Cost After Aid
49% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% 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.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SMU with a bachelor's degree make about $60,700 a year. That's 49% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average SMU student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Southern Methodist University Rankings

We have ranked SMU as #212 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #15 out of 159 schools in Texas.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

SMU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#38 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SMU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Arts & Media Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Health & Physical Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Writing Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SMU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#28 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#56 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Southern Methodist University?

Location of Southern Methodist University

Contact details for SMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6425 Boaz St, Dallas, TX 75275-0221
Phone: 214-768-2000
Website: www.smu.edu
Facebook: http://facebook.com/smudallas
Twitter: http://twitter.com/smu

How Do I Get Into SMU?

You can apply to SMU online at: www.smu.edu/Admission/Apply

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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SMU?

49% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
36% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to SMU. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 49%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 48%.

Average Test Scores

About 36% 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 630 and 710. Math scores were between 640 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 630 to 710 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 640 to 730 )
200
800
SMU received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 31. Composite scores were between 28 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 28 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 27 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 28 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford Southern Methodist University?

$54,960 Net Price
25% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SMU is $54,960. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SMU, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $9,927 a year. That adds up to $39,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SMU is 2.7%. 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

6,273 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,479 undergraduate students at SMU, with 6,273 being full-time and 206 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SMU

There are also 5,170 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,273 full-time undergraduates at SMU, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SMU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SMU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 429
Black or African American 284
Hispanic or Latino 725
White 4,035
International Students 514
Other Races/Ethnicities 286

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

501 Took All Classes Online
1,104 Took At Least One Class Online
24.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,104 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.

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This school is the 26th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern Methodist University was 24.4%. This is the #802 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SMU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SMU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Civil Engineering 31%
Computer & Information Sciences 21%
Computer Engineering 6%
Computer Science 40%
Entrepreneurial Studies 11%
Environmental Engineering 42%
Information Science 7%
Manufacturing Engineering 38%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SMU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Operations Research #2
Manufacturing Engineering #2
Environmental Engineering #3
Sustainability Science #3
Other Engineering #3
Electronics Engineering Technology #4
Natural Resources Conservation #4
Systems Engineering #5
Natural Resources & Conservation #5
Computer Engineering #7
Mechanical Engineering #7
Civil Engineering #9
Electrical Engineering #12
Engineering-Related Fields #13
Computer Science #17
Engineering #23
Engineering Technologies #28
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #40
Computer & Information Sciences #86

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%.

Southern Methodist University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Finance & Financial Management 256 0 102 0 358
Law 0 0 0 272 272
Business Administration & Management 68 0 170 0 238
Economics 185 0 22 2 209
Accounting 98 0 92 0 190
Other Education 0 0 128 3 131
Computer Science 52 0 75 2 129
Information Science 0 0 117 0 117
Public Relations & Advertising 97 0 8 0 105
Health & Physical Education 79 0 19 0 98
Marketing 69 0 27 0 96
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 94 0 94
Mathematics 93 0 0 0 93
General Biology 85 0 3 2 90
General Psychology 82 0 5 0 87
Mechanical Engineering 63 0 16 5 84
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 63 21 84
Graphic Communications 0 45 37 0 82
Liberal Arts General Studies 43 3 34 2 82
Electrical Engineering 27 0 44 7 78
Music 26 17 35 0 78
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 72 0 72
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 71 0 71
Educational Administration 0 0 53 15 68
Real Estate 27 0 38 0 65
Applied Mathematics 0 0 65 0 65
Operations Research 45 0 14 1 60
Statistics 31 0 27 2 60
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 53 0 53
Legal Research 0 0 50 2 52
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 45 1 46
Political Science & Government 46 0 0 0 46
Systems Engineering 0 0 42 0 42
Communication & Media Studies 39 0 0 0 39
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 39 0 39
Journalism 38 0 0 0 38
Fine & Studio Arts 29 0 8 1 38
Computer Engineering 8 0 25 2 35
Romance Languages 33 0 0 0 33
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 32 0 32
Civil Engineering 16 0 12 1 29
Public Policy 28 0 0 0 28
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 3 24 0 27
Environmental Engineering 13 0 13 0 26
History 21 0 3 1 25
General English Literature 19 0 2 3 24
Philosophy 24 0 0 0 24
Taxation 0 0 22 0 22
Other Health Professions 22 0 0 0 22
Anthropology 12 0 3 7 22
Drama & Theater Arts 19 0 3 0 22
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6 0 14 0 20
Chemistry 16 0 1 3 20
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 17 0 2 0 19
Multilingual Education 0 0 18 0 18
Geological & Earth Sciences 9 0 5 4 18
Religious Studies 11 0 1 4 16
Sociology 15 0 0 0 15
Other Engineering 0 0 14 0 14
Arts & Media Management 0 0 13 0 13
International Studies 12 0 0 0 12
Dance 11 0 0 0 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 10 0 0 0 10
General Education 9 0 0 0 9
Design & Applied Arts 9 0 0 0 9
Natural Resources Conservation 8 0 0 0 8
Information Technology 0 0 7 0 7
Sustainability Science 0 0 7 0 7
Area Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Physics 3 0 2 0 5
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 4 0 0 4
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 4 0 4
Writing Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 2 2
Special Education 0 0 2 0 2
General Engineering 0 0 1 1 2
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 2 0 0 0 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 2 2
Sacred Music 0 0 2 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Insurance 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0 0
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Medieval Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,942 72 1,900 368 4,282

References

*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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