Southern Methodist University (SMU) nestled in Dallas, Texas (5 miles north iStock_000037529718_Smallof downtown), was founded in 1911 and opened its doors in 1915 and includes nine libraries. SMU currently enrolls more than 11,000 students from all 50 states and 100 foreign countries. As a private university it offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in seven schools or disciplines. The seven schools are as follows:

  1. Deadman College of Humanities and Science offers 38 undergraduate majors and 55 minors. Some of those include Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery, or the Embrey Human Rights Program. Other programs include development of new cancer therapies, domestic violence or other public policy matters that are of concern in today’s social environment.
  2. Cox School of Business established in 1920 includes academic programs with majors in accounting, finance, management, real estate, risk management and other business disciplines.
  3. Meadows School of the Arts includes degrees in 11 study areas including advertising, art, art history, dance, film and journalism to name a few.
  4. Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering founded in 1925 includes engineering degrees in civil and environment, computer science, electrical, management, information and systems, and mechanical engineering degrees.
  5. Dedman School of Law organized in 1925 offers advanced degrees in law. It ranks 20th nationally out of 201 ABA accredited law schools in placement for long term full time jobs.
  6. Perkins School of Theology offers advanced degrees in divinty, church ministries and sacred music.
  7. Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development established in 2005 offers undergraduate teacher certification; bachelor’s in physiology and sports management and numerous graduate degrees.

Recognition of SMU

  • Princeton Review ranked SMU #2 in most beautiful campuses, #15 for happiest student, #6 internship opportunities, and #18 for alumni networks.
  • Forbes ranks SMU #3 out of colleges and universities in Texas and #31 best business schools for MBA return on investment.
  • The Guildhall #3 for best graduate design.
  • SMU ranks #6 for best dance performance schools by
  • Cox School of Business ranks #10 in the 2015 Financial Times.
  • Linkedin identified SMU as #25 for percentage of alumni landing investment banking jobs at top investment companies.
  • Deadman Law School ranked #18 by the Huffington Post for best law schools for employment.
  • Above The Law ranked SMU’s law school #25.

Notable faculty:

  • Ravi Batra, noted author.
  • Lewis Binford, Fellow, National Academy of Sciences
  • John D. Buynak, developed compounds to help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • Delores M. Elter, Fellow, National Academy of Engineering; former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for research development and acquisition.
  • Craig Flourney, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.
  • David J. Weber, Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

High School Student Acceptance Considerations

For parents with high school students with an interest in attending SMU, the following are important considerations:

Freshman class: 1459 new students

Test score ranges for acceptance:  SAT; reading 600-690/writing 620-710/math 600-700. ACT: 28/31


Cost of Attending SMU

Total Cost of Attendance              $66,775

Tuition                                             $50,600

Room and Board                            $15, 575

Books                                                $ 1,000

Transportation                                $ 1,000

Other                                                 $ 1,600


Projected future cost:

2016       $69,775
2017        $73,961
2018        $78,399
2019        $83,103
2020       $88,089


For families with an interest for their children in attending SMU, contact us for a free calculation of your estimated family contribution (EFC) as well as an estimate of what SMU would provide your student on “needs based” aid. Check us out at


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