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Southern Methodist University

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1911
Affiliation: United Methodist
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 6,296
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $1,127,671,000
Admissions Address

PO Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275-0181

Website

http://www.smu.edu

Admissions E-mail

enrol_serv@mail.smu.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: March 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Ron W. Moss
Admissions office telephone: (800) 323-0672
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: March 15
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: November 1
 
Decision sent by: December 31
Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
 
http://www.smu.edu/apply Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 1 2
History 2 3
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 15 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: March 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: March 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 54%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 55%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 53%
Total applicants: 7,648
Total acceptances: 4,106
Total freshman enrollment: 1,371
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 39%
Male applicants: 3,485
Male acceptances: 1,696
Male freshman enrollment: 616
 
Female applicants: 4,163
Female acceptances: 2,410
Female freshman enrollment: 755
Out-of-state freshmen: 49%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 793
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 437
Students enrolled from waiting list: 99

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 35%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 70%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 91%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 51%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 75%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 560 – 650
Math: 580 – 670
Combined: 1140 – 1320

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 11.4% 15.2%
600-699 42.2% 49.2%
500-599 40.2% 29.4%
400-499 5.4% 5.8%
300-399 0.8% 0.4%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 42%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 24 – 30
Math: 24 – 29
Composite: 24 – 29

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 19.1% 29.9% 19.3%
24-29 65.1% 50.5% 61.6%
18-23 15.1% 17.7% 16.0%
12-17 0.7% 1.9% 3.1%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 



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