Southern Methodist University, DALLAS, TEXAS

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    Southern Methodist University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

    The United Methodist Church in Dallas, U.S.A, founded the Southern Methodist University or SMU in 1911. SMU is a private university and a renowned global research center. It offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in Humanities, Sciences, Arts, Engineering and Business among other fields.

    SMU has a diverse student culture with 12000 students from all over the U.S and 90 foreign nations. A significant number of foreign students are from China, India, and Mexico. SMU is one of the best colleges in the United States for merit aids (#11 by Money) and awarded USD 143 million scholarships and grants to its students last year. It has hosted world leaders and dignitaries like several former U.S Presidents, Stephen Hawking, and His Holiness Dalai Lama among others, as speakers on the campus in various University programs.

    Southern Methodist University Rankings

    Ranked #64 among National Universities by U.S News and World Reports in 2020.

    Ranked #701 - #750 by QS Global World Ranking in 2020.

    Ranked #351 - #400 by Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2020.

    Ranked #84 by Times Higher Education U.S University Rankings 2020.

    Ranked #401 by Webometrics World Ranking 2020.


    Type of University Private
    Faculty members 1231
    Number of undergraduate seats 1674
    Number of undergraduate students 6479
    Number of graduate students 5170
    Percentage of international students 14%
    Annual acceptance rate 51%
    The basic tuition fee for international undergraduate students 50,560 USD
    The basic tuition fee for international graduate students 40,896 USD
    Test scores accepted TOEFL, IELTS

    Southern Methodist University Campus

    Southern Methodist University Campus

    The Southern Methodist University has a 234 acres campus in Dallas-Fort Worth. Dallas-Fort Worth is a major business hub in the country and houses the headquarters of 22 Fortune 500 companies and 42 Fortune 1000 companies.

    The SMU campus consists of 131 buildings fashioned in Georgian architecture.

    Two of the most prominent buildings in the campus are – the Meadows Museum and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Meadows Museum is an internationally renowned museum exhibiting Spanish art. 

    The George W.Bush Presidential Centre has a library, a museum, and an institute. It also offers students and faculties to participate in research programs and host prominent speakers. The center is open to visitors and has a restaurant as well.

    The other buildings include academic buildings, labs, bookstores, schools and colleges, auditorium, stadium, residential facilities, and dining halls. The schools and colleges on the campus offer full-time, part-time and professional programs.

    Residential Facilities at Southern Methodist University 

    SMU provides housing facilities to about 3000 students on the campus. There are 11 residential common and 7 upper-division halls. The commons are for first-year and second-year students. There are also 10 graduate or family residential halls.

    All rooms are furnished, double, single or triple occupancy and have shared bathrooms. Graduate residences are apartment-style housing. All housing facilities are co-ed and air-conditioned. Other facilities include internet connections, laundry service, 24-hour exterior card access, etc.

    First-year and second-year students residing on campus have to purchase meal plans which offer whole week access of food at Umphrey Lee Centre and Arnold Dining Commons. They can select meal plans during housing application and the plan is renewed after the semester. The meal plan for undergraduates is The Works.

    Meal plans for graduate students differ from freshmen. All students can use flex dollars to buy meals. All first-year students can apply for housing after admission and payment of a deposit. The application should be made online at the SMU Housing Portal.

    Programs offered at Southern Methodist University

    Southern Methodist University offers various programs in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees through seven schools and colleges.

    There are 100 majors and 85 minors for undergraduates in the fields of Humanities and Sciences, Education, Business, Arts and Engineering. More than 120 graduate and professional degrees are offered in Law, Theology, Arts, Engineering, Business, Humanities and Sciences, and Education.

    Some of the popular undergraduate majors are – Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Economics, Accounting, Psychology, Applied Physiology and Health Management, and Journalism.

    Application Process

    International students who want to seek admissions at Southern Methodist University can follow the below-mentioned admission details:

    How to apply: Freshmen applicants can choose to apply for Early Action, Early Decision – I/II and Regular Decision. Undergraduate applicants can choose one of the online application links mentioned here – SMU Online Application; The Common Application; ApplyTexas; The MyCoalition Application.

    Graduate applicants have to apply through the link – SMU Graduate Studies Application.

    Application Fee – USD 60 for undergraduates and USD 75 for graduates

    Application Deadlines

    For international undergraduate students, application deadlines are as follows –

    • Early Action and Early Decision – I – November 1
    • Regular Decision and Early Decision – II – January 15

    The application deadline for graduate courses differs for each program. Here we have mentioned few deadlines for Masters programs.

    • Engineering – May 15 (Fall) and September 1 (Spring)
    • Economics – May 1
    • Psychology – December 1

    Admission Requirements

    • Official transcripts – high school/college/university
    • Scores of Standardized exams to study in the US
    • Letter of Recommendations
    • Extracurricular resume for undergraduates/ professional resume for graduates
    • Passport and visas
    • Financial statement
    • Initial interview for undergraduates
    • English Proficiency Test scores

    English Language Proficiency

    International applicants have to submit proof of English Language Proficiency. The accepted tests are IELTS and TOEFL. The minimum required score for graduate courses might differ based on the individual program. Here we have presented the minimum English Language test scores needed to be eligible for admission to SMU.

    Tests Min. Req. Score Undergraduates Min. Req. Score Graduates (can differ)
    TOEFL iBT 90 80 - 83
    IELTS 6.5 + 6.5 +

    Cost of Attendance

    The tuition and other charges for undergraduate courses are mentioned in the table below.

    Expenses Charges (for Spring term 2020)
    Tuition fees 50,200 USD
    General Student fees 6360 USD
    Housing 3650 USD – 6800 USD
    Dining 3100 USD – 3340 USD
    Miscellaneous* USD 3476

    The tuition fees for graduate courses differ for each program. The following table contains the expenses for a few graduate courses.

    Course/Expense Charges
    The tuition fee for MBA 23,487.50 USD
    The tuition fee for Engineering (Masters) 1200 USD – 1450 USD per credit hour
    The tuition fee for Arts 500 USD – 1600 USD per credit hour
    General Student fee 3180 USD (Max)
    Housing 3900 USD – 6120 USD
    Dining 769.50 USD – 2136 USD

    Financial Aids and Scholarships

    SMU offers academic scholarships to international first-year students who have applied for admission by January 15. No separate application is required. These scholarships are awarded based on merit and academic achievements. SMU offers academic scholarships worth a total of USD 78,067,136 to students.

    • President’s Scholarship offers Full tuition fee
    • The Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program offers USD 42,000 per year or a total of USD 168,000 over four years

    Alumni Network

    Few notable alumni of the Southern Methodist University are –

    • Laura Bush – Former First Lady of the U.S
    • James Cronin – Physicist and Nobel Prize winner
    • Beth Henley – Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
    • Richard Weekley - Co-founder, David Weekley Homes
    • Lamar Hunt (Late) - Founder of the American Football League

    According to Princeton Review 2017, SMU has the 13th best alumni network in the United States. The alumni members can enjoy several benefits, out of which few are Professional support, License plates, Insurance benefits, Shopping, and hotel discounts.

    1 year

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

    Options Available
    $ 48,0341st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 46,9751st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Mar 02

    Application Deadline

    Degree Available
    Options Available


    9.2 / 10

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jan 15

    Application Deadline

    2 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

    Southern Methodist University Overview

    Insitution type
    Private (Not for Profit)
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $51,789 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    SAT Check Detailed Score13551270144036
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing670630710-
    ACT Check Detailed Score30283272

    Southern Methodist University Acceptance Rate

    48.8 %

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    Attendance Cost


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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $51,789 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $48,034 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $800 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $16,510 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $2,600 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $8,700 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $2,600 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $2,600 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $2,600 / Year

    Schools, Faculties & Campuses


    Cox School of Business

    Address: SMU Cox School of Business 6212 Bishop Blvd. Dallas, TX 75275

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    Program wise accreditation
    Arts Programs
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Law Programs
    American Bar Association
    Music Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music


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    RANKED  #701 - #750


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    RANKED  #507


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    College Rating

    Based on 6 Students Rating

    9.0 out of 10
    8.7/10Social Life


    9.2 /10

    I got to know about the college when one of my cousins told me how his experience was with this college. Still, I applied for other colleges too but after surfing about it all I got to know was cox is the best. Secondly, this college had some pretty good infrastructures. So I without a doubt applied for the same with zero application fees.

    Course Curriculum :

    This has been a life-changing journey for me. I have gained plenty of knowledge, skills and learned life lessons as the college and its atmosphere is so friendly and everyone used to look so interested in the studies all because of the faculty with the curriculum getting updated regularly.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    8.0 /10

    I opted for this college mainly because of the placement packages that the student get after completing the course. The college is also among one of the best business schools in the country, I applied to the college online for an application fee of $60.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course covers the basics of management initially and then moves on to higher concepts of administration and production. A lot of case studies are included in the syllabus as well. The course is pretty balanced that gives them time to explore their skills as well.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    9.0 /10

    I got to know about Cox school of business through a college fair that I attended. I always wanted to pursue a master's in sports management from a university abroad and Cox School of Business was a perfect college for me. I had scored 98% in my bachelor's which made me more suitable for admission. The best part about the Cox School of Business is that there was no application fee charged during my online process.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course was designed keeping in mind our overall development and the relevant skills required by us to work in the corporate sector. The course balanced and ensured delivery of essential components like finance, marketing, strategy and management which acts as a launchpad to the highly competitive industry.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    8.3 /10

    I opted for Southern Methodist University because I knew that my relative's home was close to the SMU. The second reason was its strong network with the major organization located in the Dallas area and outside areas as well. Besides that, I also had applied for 3 to 5 universities and after a good amount of research, I chose SMU to pursue my MBA. I applied to the university through the common application along with $75 as the application fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    I would say the course curriculum over here in my major is excellent as it is designed by taking care of the current scenario of the business world and the frequent changes are made frequently especially in my major. Similarly, the workload is also a bit huge but based on my perspective it is manageable.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    9.7 /10

    Southern Methodist University is like a family university. My mom, dad, uncle, cousins all have been there. So to continue this legacy I also decided to take admission to the university. To get into the university I applied it through a common online application form.

    Course Curriculum :

    The BBA consists of business core courses and an additional six to eight major-specific courses. Being a Coxian I can choose one of the seven majors and also have the option of adding a concentration. One of the peculiar features of this course is that I can study the additional subject outside of the Cox School.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    6425 Boaz St

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Super Market
    • Airport
    • Train Station

    Book Store

    SMU Barnes & Noble0.58 km
    Logos Bookstore0.71 km
    Rosedale Rare Books0.81 km
    Whole Earth Provision Co.1.06 km
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    Super Market

    Royal Blue Grocery - Highland Park Village2.01 km
    St. Michaels Farmers Market3.15 km
    Trader Joe's3.22 km
    Whole Foods Market3.62 km
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    Train Station

    Medical/Market Ctr Station6.29 km
    Victory Station6.31 km
    Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station7.55 km

    Shopping Mall

    Mockingbird Station0.81 km
    Old Town In the Village2.03 km
    Highland Park Village2.07 km
    Mockingbird Commons2.88 km
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    Market Centre Heliport4.48 km
    Helipad4.87 km
    Aero Star Aviation5.13 km
    Signature Flight Support DAL - Terminal 2 Dalfort Fueling5.21 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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