Admissions Information

The application fee is $60 for applying undergraduate school and $75 for graduate school at Southern Methodist University. Next table presents general admission information.
General Admission Information
Open Admission PolicyNo
Undergraduate Application Fees$60
Graduate Application Fees$75
Admission Informationhttps://www.smu.edu/admission
Online Applicationhttps://www.smu.edu/Admission/Apply
Calendar SystemSemester
Credits AcceptedDual Credits, Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Degree OfferedBachelor, Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)

Admission Statistics

For the academic year 2021-22, the acceptance rate is 53.00% and the yield is 18.99%. 7,325 men and 8,360 women applied to SMU and 3,663 men and 4,598 women students were accepted. Among them, 733 men and 828 women were enrolled in the school (Fall 2021). The following table and chart show the admission statistics including the number of applicants, acceptance rate, and yield (also known as enrollment rate).
TotalMenWomen
Applicants15,6857,3258,360
Admitted8,3133,6634,598
Enrolled1,579733828
Acceptance Rate 53.00%50.01%55.00%
Yield 18.99%20.01%18.01%
Data source: NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: June 25, 2022)

SAT and ACT Score Distribution

For the academic year 2021-2022, 255 students (16% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 357 students (23%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score of Evidence-Based Reading/Writing is 740 and the 25th percentile is 660. The SAT Math score is 770 (75th) and 680 (25th). The submitted ACT composite score is 34 (75th percentile) and 31 (25th percentile).
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing660740
SAT Math680770
ACT Composite3134
ACT Math2833
ACT English3235
Data source: NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: June 25, 2022)
The submitted SAT and ACT scores of admitted students at Southern Methodist University are very competitive and high when comparing similar colleges (SAT: 1,277, ACT: 81 - private (not-for-profit) Research University (high research activity)).

Application Requirements

It requires to submit High School GPA, High School Rank, High School Record (or Transcript), Completion of College Preparatory Program, and Recommendations to its applicants.The school recommends to submit High School GPA and High School Rank. The next table summarizes the application requirements to apply Southern Methodist University.
For more admission information such as minimum GPA and deadlines, see its online application page .
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SMU Admission Requirements
High School GPARequired
High School RankRecommended
High School Record (or Transcript)Required
Completion of College Preparatory ProgramRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal Demonstration of CompetenciesRecommended
Admission Test ScoresConsidered but not Required
TOEFLRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended



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