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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
Southern Methodist is a highly rated private, Christian university located in University Park, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,240 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Methodist acceptance rate is 49%. Popular majors include Economics, Finance, and Accounting. Graduating 81% of students, Southern Methodist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,300.
About Southern Methodist University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
Address
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275
Website
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Southern Methodist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
49%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1270-1440
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$36,458/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$33,203/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.89 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,240Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
212
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 60 responses
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  • Work hard Play hard
    25%
  • Rich
    18%
  • Hot, smart, rich, rude, work hard play hard
    15%
  • High acheiving
    8%
  • High achievers & entitled
    8%
  • White, upper-middle class, not street-smart at all
    8%
  • Cold
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.117 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.125 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • Work hard, play hard
    34%
  • Fratty
    17%
  • Growing
    17%
  • Engage yourself
    8%
  • Lavish
    8%
  • A lot of cliques
    6%
  • Interesting
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses
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Southern Methodist University Reviews

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SMU is very well supported and connected. As a fine arts major, it helps to be near the center of the city where the arts scene is most active (as opposed to UTD, U of D, or UNT, which are a little more off the beaten path)... so location is a big plus! It's a bit homogenized, being located in the Park Cities; it has a high tuition (the "Ivy League" of the South) and draws from an affluent base, and it could benefit from greater diversity; but Meadows School of the Arts at SMU is better in that regard than some of the other programs/schools here. There are endless opportunities to get involved, and get funding for projects or learning opportunities that you're passionate about. I've been to Taos, NM and NYC with SMU, and I'm going to Poland later this year. They also helped me fund independent travel that supported my education and professional development: last year I went to a conference in PA and a workshop in NM. Overall, I've had a great experience!
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SMU has provided a unique establishment of community in order for all students to feel welcome! However, the diversity presented within the school is quite low. There are sparse percentages of Latinos, Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians. Even though this is the case, the gradual enrollment of multiple international students does decrease the evident ethnic gap among students. Additonally, many of the teachers and remainder of the faculty are friendly and supportive for all students to succeed. With constant reminders regarding the A-LEC center and its workshops, students are free to ask questions from a variety of multiple disciplines to tutors who are readily available! Without a doubt, the student life at SMU is the best!
Loved my experience at SMU. I completed a graduate degree while I was working a full time job. The professors (with very little exception) were amazing. They really catered to working professionals. The best part of my experience was their job placement program. When I graduated, I was able to find a new job with Cisco. I am very thankful to this school! It’s well run and worth the investment!