Southern Methodist University.

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private research university in University Park, Dallas County, Texas with satellite campuses in Plano, Texas (north of Dallas) and Taos, New Mexico. SMU was founded on April 17, 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South—now part of the United Methodist Church—in partnership with Dallas civic leaders. However, it is nonsectarian in its teaching and enrolls students of all religious affiliations. It is classified among "R-2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity".As of fall 2020, the university had 12,373 students, including 6,827 undergraduates and 5,546 postgraduates. As of fall 2019, its instructional faculty is 1,151, with 754 being full-time.The university grants over 32 doctoral degrees, over 120 masters degrees from eight schools: the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Dedman School of Law, the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, the Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts, the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Perkins School of Theology, and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.Through the SMU Guildhall, the university also awards the Master of Interactive Technology (MIT) in Digital Game Development, as well as the Professional Certificate in Digital Game Development, with specializations in Art, Design, Production, and Programming - the only graduate program in the country to offer all four pillars of game development and has been ranked as the #1 Graduate Program for Game Design in the world by the Princeton Review for two years in a row.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 6,427 students
  • 0.43 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Southern Methodist University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Management Information Systems, and Journalism.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

6,402 students out of 13,128 applicants were accepted into Southern Methodist University. They had an average SAT score of 1382. 36% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 72% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Southern Methodist University was $52,498. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $72,408.

Financial aid available at Southern Methodist University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

68% of undergraduate students at Southern Methodist University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Southern Methodist University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Methodist University was of $16,510 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800.

Diversity at Southern Methodist University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017