Chances of getting into Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
51.2%
Admission Difficulty for Southern Methodist University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT
49%
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1370

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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.

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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 >64%
1370 to 1460 Avg + 51%-64%
1280 to 1370 Avg - 38%-51%
1190 to 1280 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 1190 Low <26%
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SMU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
63%
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Southern Methodist University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.7
Typical High School Grades
A-

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Southern Methodist University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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

High School Class Rank

80% of Southern Methodist University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Southern Methodist University students
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%

Admission Statistics

Southern Methodist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,476 6,127 12,603
Accepted 3,288 3,169 6,457
Acceptance Rate 51% 52% 51%
Enrolled 722 808 1,530
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 24%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 15, 2020.

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.

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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. 63% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.