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Southern Methodist University
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  • 4 Year
  • DALLAS, TX

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade A
  5. Athletics
    grade A
  6. Party Scene
    grade A+
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade A+
  9. Dorms
    grade A minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade A minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A+
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

6425 BOAZ ST
DALLAS, TX 75205
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
From Southern Methodist University

A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, SMU is a distinguished center for global research with a liberal arts tradition.

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life.

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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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
53%
SAT Range
1250-1450
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$41,444 / 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
$34,890 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
78%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 72 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 94 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 94 responses

Majors

Lyle School of Engineering

The Lyle School of Engineering prepares students for DFW's thriving business environment. Lyle is recognized with the ASEE Bronze award for diversity and inclusion, having double the national percentage of female engineer students. With an elite technical education and exceptional professional development resources, we produce world-changing engineers.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    7%
  • On Campus
    76%
  • Online
    17%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,616 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
211
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 64 responses
  • Work hard Play hard
    25%
  • Rich
    17%
  • Hot, smart, rich, rude, work hard play hard
    14%
  • High acheiving
    11%
  • White, upper-middle class, not street-smart at all
    9%
  • High achievers & entitled
    8%
  • Cold
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big. 122 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 130 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 69 responses
  • Work hard, play hard
    33%
  • Fratty
    16%
  • Growing
    16%
  • Lavish
    9%
  • Engage yourself
    7%
  • A lot of cliques
    6%
  • Word working, fun loving smart kids
    4%

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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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