SMU Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

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

Can I get into SMU? The school has a 49% acceptance rate. Last year, 6,482 out of 13,250 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 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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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 1290
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1460
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 13 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 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 1205. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1375 out of 1600. 45 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
1460 and Above Good >62%
1375 to 1460 Avg + 49%-62%
1290 to 1375 Avg - 36%-49%
1205 to 1290 Reach 25%-36%
Less than 1205 Low <25%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 26
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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. 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

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SMU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Southern Methodist University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 49% Good
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

Admission Statistics

Southern Methodist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,190 6,060 13,250
Accepted 3,452 3,030 6,482
Acceptance Rate 48% 50% 49%
Enrolled 752 770 1,522
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 23%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 145 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Mar 15, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to SMU before the Mar 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 3 Nov 16
Dec 1 Dec 14
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 27 Nov 3
Dec 8 Dec 18
Feb 9 Feb 20

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.

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