Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX

Learn about Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private university that served about 11,000 students during the 2010-2011 school year. The school was founded in 1911 by the United Methodist Church, and operates a main campus about five miles outside downtown Dallas, as well as campuses in Plano, TX, and Taos, New Mexico. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked SMU as number 62 of the best national universities.


In 2011, over 83% of SMU's faculty members possessed the highest possible degree in their discipline. At that same time, the school had a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. SMU operates nine libraries that house over three million volumes of texts.

The university offers 123 undergraduate degree programs through seven colleges: the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Meadows School of the Arts, Cox School of Business, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology, and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. It also offers 127 graduate and professional programs, which includes 25 doctoral degree programs. The university's Cox School of Business offers three Master of Business Administration programs that are listed by Bloomberg Businessweek as among the top 12 in the country.

SMU offers online courses through a few departments, such as the Continuing and Professional Education division and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students may also study abroad in locations like Australia, Italy, Morocco and Ecuador.


Prospective first-year students may apply to SMU online by submitting using either the National Common Application with an SMU supplement or by using the website. The latter option allows in- and out-of-state students to apply for admission to all higher education schools located in Texas through a single application.

The undergraduate application deadline is January 15. Fall-entry students are notified of admission March 31. Early-decision applicants receive notification December 31, while spring-entrance notifications occur on a rolling basis.

Graduate students apply to SMU using the CollegeNET service. This service allows students to complete and submit their application for graduate studies online. Graduate applicants seeking fall admission must submit their application by May 1, while those seeking spring admission must submit it by November 30.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, undergraduate tuition was $1,548 per credit hour plus a general student fee of $197 per credit hour. For that same period, graduate tuition ranged from $330 to $1,638 per credit hour, depending on the program. Living in one of SMU's residence halls can cost between $3,415 and $5,635 per semester, depending upon the hall.

The school accepts public and private loans, but also makes all students who submit applications by the relevant due date eligible for university-offered merit scholarships. Requirements and award amounts and types for these scholarships differ. For example, the President's Scholar Award offers full tuition and fees to students who show outstanding academic ability, while the Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program awards full tuition to students who show extraordinary leadership skills. Several individual colleges grant scholarships to students in their divisions, and athletic scholarships, band scholarships, and awards given by the United Methodist church are also available.

School Type 4-year, private**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation United Methodist Church**
Academic Calendar Terms*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 6,221 undergraduate and 4,761 graduate students (fall 2011)**
Student Housing Approximately 2,000 students live on campus; 11 undergraduate and five graduate housing options*
Schools and Programs 7 schools and colleges; 123 undergraduate degree programs, 127 graduate and professional degree programs including 23 doctoral degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 11:1 (fall 2011)**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (by Number of Recipients Spring 2011) Bachelor's: Economics (164)
Master's: Finance (159)
Doctoral: Law (281)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 62% in four years
77% in six years
78% in eight years**
Admission Rate 55% (fall 2011)**
Entering Class Size 1,382 (fall 2011)*
First-Year Retention Rates 89% (fall 2011)**
Average SAT/ACT Score of Admitted Students 75th percentile: SAT critical reading and math: 680; SAT math: 690; 75th percentile ACT composite: 31 (fall 2011)**
Application Due Date Jan 15*
Decision Notification Date March 31*
Tuition $1,548 per term credit hour for undergraduate study; graduate studies range from $330 to $1,638 per credit hour depending on program (2012-2013 school year)*
Financial Aid Sources Available Federal and Pell grants, state and local grants and scholarships, institutional grants and scholarships, federal loans**
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 80% (fall 2011)**

Sources: *Southern Methodist University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: P.O. Box 750181, Dallas, TX 75275
  • Phone: 214-768-2058
  • Website:

Next: View Schools

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?