Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Dallas, TX

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Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University Student Essentials

Southern Methodist University Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Size: Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Mustangs
Nickname: SMU
Website: www.smu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $41,750
Out-of-State Tuition: $41,750
Retention Rate: 90%
Enrollment: 12,519
Year Established: 1911

About SMU

A private school in Dallas, Texas, Southern Methodist University offers more than 100 majors and 75 minors as well as numerous student life activities.

Southern Methodist's list of majors and minors provides a tremendous range of choices. Students may major in everything from Chemistry to Marketing to Musical Composition to World Languages and Literature.

Arts, cultural and other activities also abound on campus. There are more than 180 student organizations, performance opportunities, lectures and even a campus museum.

Materials required for admissions consideration include an application with a fee, transcripts, two recommendations, a resume outlining extracurricular activities and SAT or ACT scores.

Each student is looked at individually and everything from academic performance to talents and accomplishments are taken into consideration. Those applying to performing arts programs like music and theatre will also need to audition.

Financial aid may come from a variety of sources, including academic and talent scholarships awarded by the school and need-based aid awards such as grants, loans and work-study. Those applying for need-based aid will need to fill out a FAFSA to be considered.

Students who still require financial assistance after they are given their financial aid award may also apply for outside scholarships with the help of Southern Methodist's financial aid office.

SMU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 4 Reviews

50% of students gave Southern Methodist University 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

SMU is the USC of the South. Small and private, but in a beautiful neighborhood.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1997

Overall Rating

An esteemed university with variety of degree options and social event options but an emphasis on exclusionary sorority/fraternity events. I would have liked more guidance as to degree/career options. As a midway degree-changer I may have been able to avoid some issues with a more concise and interactive guidance environment.


SMU Map & Location

Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275


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Getting Around SMU

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Transit

Minimal transit. This area doesn't have the greatest public transportation access.

4/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Dallas, TX

Winter
Dec
58
39
Jan
57
37
Feb
61
41
Spring
Mar
69
49
Apr
77
56
May
84
65
Summer
Jun
92
73
Jul
96
77
Aug
96
77
Fall
Sep
89
69
Oct
79
58
Nov
67
48

SMU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 6,915
Freshman Class 1,711
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 12,519

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 11%
  • African American: 6%
  • Caucasian: 72%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 3%
Latino 11%
African American 6%
Caucasian 72%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Unknown and Other 3%

Undergraduate 55%
Graduate 45%
Full-Time 83%
Part-Time 17%
Women 49%
Men 51%
International 8%
Domestic 92%

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