SMU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Southern Methodist University
How hard is it to get into SMU and can I get accepted? The school has a 51% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,457 out of 12,603 applicants were admitted making SMU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 12 percent. Southern Methodist University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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SMU SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT49%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||630|
|SAT Math 25th||650|
|SAT Composite 25th||1280|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||710|
|SAT Math 75th||750|
|SAT Composite 75th||1460|
|Average SAT Score||1370|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Southern Methodist University?
Southern Methodist University typically requires applicants to be in the top 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. 49 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1460 and Above||Good||>64%|
|1370 to 1460||Avg +||51%-64%|
|1280 to 1370||Avg -||38%-51%|
|1190 to 1280||Reach||26%-38%|
|Less than 1190||Low||<26%|
SMU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT63%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||29|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||29|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||31|
|ACT Composite 75th||33|
|Average ACT Score||31|
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 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 63 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Methodist University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|33 and Above||Good||>64%|
|31 to 33||Avg +||51%-64%|
|29 to 31||Avg -||38%-51%|
|27 to 29||Reach||26%-38%|
|Less than 27||Low||<26%|
Avg. High School GPA3.7
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Southern Methodist University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Southern Methodist University was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in Texas for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SMU accepts 51% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||21%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||15%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||9%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||6%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
80% of Southern Methodist University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||48%|
|Top 25% of class||80%|
|Top 50% of class||95%|
|Bottom 50% of class||5%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||25%||24%|
Applications were DueMar 15, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 15, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Southern Methodist University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
49% of students submit their SAT scores to SMU. 63% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
51% of those who apply are granted admission to SMU. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1460. 49% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.