SMU Admission Chances

Acceptance Chances

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Southern Methodist University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into SMU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 6,360 out of 12,992 applicants or 49% were admitted making SMU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.


SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1300
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1470
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Southern Methodist University?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1215. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1385 out of 1600. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Southern Methodist University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1470 and Above Good >62%
1385 to 1470 Avg + 49%-62%
1300 to 1385 Avg - 36%-49%
1215 to 1300 Reach 25%-36%
Less than 1215 Low <25%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SMU?

Admission data indicates that SMU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 68 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Methodist University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Southern Methodist University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >62%
30 to 32 Avg + 49%-62%
28 to 30 Avg - 36%-49%
26 to 28 Reach 25%-36%
Less than 26 Low <25%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Southern Methodist University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.


Admission Statistics

Southern Methodist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,127 5,865 12,992
Accepted 3,390 2,970 6,360
Acceptance Rate 48% 51% 49%
Enrolled 659 715 1,374
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 24% 22%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Methodist University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Southern Methodist University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Southern Methodist University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228246 IPEDS survey data for Southern Methodist University.