A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Southern Methodist University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
Address
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275
Website

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
1220-1410
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
$37,499/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,072/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,784/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,405/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,567/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,860/ year

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.81 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.81 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,160Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 52 responses
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  • Work hard Play hard
    29%
  • Rich
    19%
  • Hot, smart, rich, rude, work hard play hard
    12%
  • High acheiving
    10%
  • High achievers & entitled
    10%
  • White, upper-middle class, not street-smart at all
    8%
  • Cold
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.109 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.117 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • Work hard, play hard
    34%
  • Growing
    20%
  • Fratty
    16%
  • Lavish
    9%
  • A lot of cliques
    7%
  • Engage yourself
    5%
  • Interesting
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses
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SMU is not perfect, nor is any school, but I am so thrilled to be a part of the amazing community here. The campus is beautiful, the professors are world-class, and everyone actually wants to see each student succeed. I am a science student (which SMU is not known for) but I still find myself learning and being challenged as much as my friends at big STEM schools. The Cox business school is unparalleled, the Meadows art school is highly regarded, and a degree from SMU sets you up for a bright future. There is nothing like being so connected to campus through boulevarding (tailgating before football games, a very SMU-experience), being in the MOB (basketball student section), and having access to everything the school has to offer its students. I love SMU and am looking forward to another three amazing years here!
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During freshman orientation, we got to explore the beautiful campus, talk to upperclassmen and ask them any questions, and got one-on-one advising when making our fall schedules. The days approaching orientation, I thought I would be alone since I was the only one from my high school attending SMU. However, when I arrived, I made instant connections; the group I was with quickly became the first friends I would make before even starting college. SMU priority during freshman orientation was not making sure we got registered for college or making sure our schedules were perfect, it was making sure that the incoming freshman class was comfortable to start making connections with people we never meet before and that the upperclassmen made sure the freshman knew that they would be there for us if we needed anything. Although I haven't started my freshman year of college yet, I am looking forward to starting it my SMU.
I really enjoy the friendliness of the students and faculty at SMU! Saturdays during football season are a great chance to meet people on the Blvd and to take a study break. Lots of people enjoy Dedman Rec Center, where you can meet new people while you get your sweat on. Plus, there's plenty to do in the DFW area!