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SAT scores needed to get into Southern Methodist University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Southern Methodist University is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "considered but not required". If you do elect to submit your SAT scores, the following information is helpful to understand how you compare with other applicants.

Average SAT Score 1425

The average composite SAT score for admitted Southern Methodist University freshman is 1425 out of 1600. SMU students have the 58th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1425 is in the 97th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1340 to 1510

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1340 to 1510. The 75th percentile score is 1510 while the 25th percentile score is 1340.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by SMU but we estimate it to be around a 1250 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 725

The average score for SMU students on the math portion of the SAT is 725 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 680 and the 75th percentile score 770.

Average SAT Reading Score 700

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 660 to 740 and the average score for Southern Methodist University students is 700.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

16 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Southern Methodist University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Southern Methodist University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 53.1%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.68.

Can I get into SMU with a 1510 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1510 or higher is very competitive at SMU and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. You have an above average chance of acceptance, around 68% or higher.

Can I get into SMU with a 1430 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1430 to 1500 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. You have a good chance of acceptance, around 54% to 67%.

Can I get into SMU with a 1340 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1340 to 1420 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 37% to 52% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into SMU with a 1250 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1250 to 1330 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 35% chance of admission to SMU. SAT scores below 1250 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class
Admission chances to Southern Methodist University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 81%
1590 80%
1580 78%
1570 77%
1560 76%
1550 74%
1540 73%
1530 71%
1520 70%
1510 68%
1500 67%
1490 65%
1480 63%
1470 61%
1460 59%
1450 58%
1440 56%
1430 54%
1420 52%
1410 50%
1400 48%
1390 46%
1380 45%
1370 43%
1360 41%
1350 39%
1340 37%
1330 35%
1320 34%
1310 32%
1300 30%
1290 29%
1280 27%
1270 26%
1260 24%
1250 23%
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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.