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SMU Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

48.8%
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, 6,402 out of 13,128 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 11 percent. Southern Methodist University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 22% 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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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1330-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT
36%
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1480
Estimated Average SAT 1410
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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 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 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 1250. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. 36 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
1480 and Above Good >62%
1405 to 1480 Avg + 49%-62%
1330 to 1405 Avg - 36%-49%
1255 to 1330 Reach 25%-36%
Less than 1255 Low <25%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
72%
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Estimated Average ACT 30
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 72 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
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. 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

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 7,032 6,096 13,128
Accepted 3,366 3,036 6,402
Acceptance Rate 48% 50% 49%
Enrolled 705 718 1,423
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 24% 22%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 15, 2019.

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.