Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Southern Methodist University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Southern Methodist University was awarded 362 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is information systems.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked SMU as #133 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 136 colleges in Texas, SMU is ranked at #5.

See all of the rankings for Southern Methodist University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SMU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Southern Methodist University is a competitive 49%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 36% of students accepted to SMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 710. Math scores were between 640 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 640 to 730 )
SMU received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Southern Methodist University  ( 28 to 32 )

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Southern Methodist University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At SMU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southern Methodist University is 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Methodist University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Southern Methodist University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SMU for first-time, full-time students is 67%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  67 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Southern Methodist University.

Southern Methodist University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,710 undergraduates at SMU with 6,519 being full-time and 191 being part-time.

How Much Does Southern Methodist University Cost?

The overall average net price of SMU is $36,222. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SMU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$26,718 $27,331 $31,813 $34,587 $43,206

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SMU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SMU, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $9,927 a year. That adds up to $39,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SMU is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SMU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from SMU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $60,700 in their early years. That's great news for SMU students since it is 53% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Southern Methodist University make the most money.

Location of Southern Methodist University

Located in Dallas, Texas, Southern Methodist University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Dallas makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for SMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6425 Boaz St, Dallas, TX 75275-0221
Phone: 214-768-2000

Southern Methodist University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 88 majors graduated from Southern Methodist University. Of these students, 2,004 received undergraduate degrees and 2,055 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 287 $68,100
Economics 165 $59,000
Mathematics 109 $60,500
Public Relations & Advertising 98 $41,900
Health & Physical Education 86 $45,600
Marketing 83 $53,900
Mechanical Engineering 79 $68,400
Accounting 77 NA
General Biology 72 $26,500
General Psychology 67 $26,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Southern Methodist University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SMU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 1,162 students took at least one online class at Southern Methodist University. This is an increase from the 1,104 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,162 515
2017-2018 1,104 501
2016-2017 1,190 503
2015-2016 759 420
2013-2014 427 217

Learn more about online learning at Southern Methodist University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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