SMU

Southern Methodist University

6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, United States
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  • Total Documents
    20
  • Class Notes
    1
  • Textbook Notes
    5
  • Study Guides
    14
  • Currently Enrolled
    129
  • Previously Enrolled
    93

Overview of Southern Methodist University (SMU)

About this school

Southern Methodist University, founded in 1911, is a church-affiliated, comprehensive university. Students seeking a well-rounded education are attracted to SMU's wide choice of majors. Classes are generally small, providing an opportunity for students to interact with faculty. SMU's parklike campus and neo-Georgian buildings provide a beautiful setting, and downtown Dallas is just five miles south, with opportunities for internships, part-time jobs and career development. With around 130 organizations, leadership opportunities abound. Study-abroad programs and a campus near Taos, New Mexico give students the chance to broaden their educational experience, as do more than 400 cultural and arts events and lectures by international figures each year. Its 163-acre, suburban campus is located in Dallas.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:6,452
    • Men:3,257 Men (50.5%)
    • Women:3,195 Women (49.5%)

Location

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Admission Information (SMU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Southern Methodist University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is not accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
3
Academic Electives
-
3

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
March 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Required for some
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Used for advising ACT: Used for advising

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
6425 Boaz Lane
City, State, Zip
Dallas, TX 75275
Phone
(214) 768-2058
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 31, April 1
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 31

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
49% of 13,128 applicants were admitted
Women
48% of 7,032 applicants were admitted
Men
50% of 6,096 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,708 (27%) of 6,402 admitted students enrolled
Women
821 (24%) of 3,366 admitted students enrolled
Men
887 (29%) of 3,036 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.62
375 And Above
47%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
29 average |28-32 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
62%
• Score 24 - 29
36%
• Score 18 - 23
1%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (SMU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $54,493 (72.91%)
  • Room & Board: - $16,845 (22.54%)
  • Other Expenses: - $800 (1.07%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,600 (3.48%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Southern Methodist University accepts prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline November 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning January 20
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003613
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
729 (51.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
488 (66.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
486 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
239 (49.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
87%
Average Award
$43,715
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 300 (61.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $19,090
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 346 (71.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,746
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 374 (77.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
579 (40.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $27,407

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
2,442 (39.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,981 (81.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,963 (99.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
735 (37.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
87%
Average Award
$44,049
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,440 (73.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,487
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,556 (79.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,432
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,366 (69.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
2,319 (37.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $25,304

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
36%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$32,468
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (SMU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


758

Part-Time Faculty


398

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


54%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 19% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 40% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 15% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 10% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 7% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 2% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 11% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 24% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 27% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 38% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,376,152
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
758
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Southern Methodist University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


91.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


71.0%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


79.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


81.0%

Programs & Majors (SMU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (67)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • Insurance
  • International Policy Analysis
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Journalism
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Music, General
  • Operations Research
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Real Estate
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Voice and Opera

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Social sciences, Communication/journalism

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Ministry, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Juridical Sciences

Master's Programs of Study (73)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Science and Technology
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Arts Administration
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Counselor Education
  • Database Systems
  • Economics
  • Education of the Gifted
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ethics
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • History
  • Information Science
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Operations Research
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Reading Education
  • Real Estate
  • Religion
  • Software Engineering
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Sustainable Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems Science
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications
  • Theater
  • Theology
  • Water Resources Engineering

Campus Life (SMU)

Location & Geography

Population


1,241,162

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Dallas-Fort Worth

Campus Size


234 acres

Weather


Temperature
32.7 average low in January, 91.9 average high in September
Rain
79 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Dallas
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Dallas

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


54% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


46%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Black Pony
School Colors
Blue and red

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Southern Methodist University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, program council, student senate, student foundation, residence hall association, sparc (students promoting awareness, responsibility, and citizenship)

Sororities


35% of women participate

Fraternities


28% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


6,240

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
6,452
Women
3,195
Men
3,257

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 6.7% Asian
  • 5.0% Black/African-American
  • 12.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 70.7% White
  • 0.0% Unknown

International Students


8.6% from 62 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


5,337

Student Resources (SMU)