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Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas

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Student Population
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Location Dallas, Texas
Online smu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
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Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Dallas, Texas, Southern Methodist University is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the United Methodist faith. In the most recent statistical year 12,603 prospective students applied, and 6,457 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,530 enrolled in the school.  8,895 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,754 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $48,364 plus fees of $6,128. SMU is ranked 63 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



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Admission Standards
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SAT 1280/1460
ACT 29/33
GPA 3.7
Applications Accepted
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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Southern Methodist University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$6,128
Room and Board $16,845
Budget for Other Expenses$2,600
Total One Year Cost$74,737

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$73,000 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
75% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern Methodist University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Social Sciences 16%
Communication 11%
Engineering 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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