Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St.
Dallas, TX 75275-0221
(214) 768-2058
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Southern Methodist University was founded in 1911 by what is now the United Methodist Church in conjunction with local civic leaders in Dallas, and opened its doors in 1915. From its modest beginnings, the university now offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through its seven degree-granting schools, and has grown its enrollment to 11,000 students. This nationally ranked university attracts students from all 50 states and from 90 countries. The university is noted for its 10 libraries, which boast the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest. SMU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “high research activity,” and the university’s Cox School of Business offers three different MBA programs that are in the top 15, as ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek. Finally, SMU’s Dedman School of Law is ranked among the top 50 law schools in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report.

Programs Offered

Southern Methodist University is a comprehensive university offering a wide variety of academic programs. The university has more than 100 majors and 75 minors, with areas of study including accounting, advertising, biological sciences, civil engineering, English, finance, journalism, and more. Minors are also diverse, and include American politics, Chinese, econometrics, Italian, teacher education, and women’s studies. SMU has a pre-law scholars program in which exceptional students can secure admission to the highly ranked Dedman School of Law. Aside from pre-law, the university also offers rigorous pre-med and pre-physical therapy programs. The Lyle School of Engineering offers highly regarded undergraduate and graduate programs with notable computer science and engineering specializations including bioinformatics, game development, and security.


Southern Methodist University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1921. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the following accreditors: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; and the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation.


First-year undergraduate applicants can choose to apply early action or regular decision. To apply, prospective students complete both the Common Application and the SMU supplement. In addition, they submit a $60 application fee, official high school transcript, official SAT or ACT scores, required counselor and optional teacher recommendations, an extracurricular resume, and home school supplement (if applicable). Students applying to certain fine arts programs may be required to audition or send a portfolio of their artistic work. Admission requirements for SMU’s graduate programs vary greatly by program, and prospective students should check the specific requirements of their program before applying. In general, students must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and show that they have an acceptable undergraduate GPA. Some graduate programs require applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores in addition to their undergraduate transcripts.

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