Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University, or SMU, is a private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas. It was established in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal and is owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. It consistently ranks among the top three national universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual guidebook, America's Best Colleges. SMU offers an array of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It has seven degree-granting academic divisions. They are:

  • Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
  • Cox School of Business
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Dedman School of Law
  • Lyle School of Engineering
  • Meadows School of the Arts
  • Perkins School of Theology

SMU's athletic teams are nicknamed the Mustangs. They participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football) as a member of Conference USA (C-USA).

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Contacting SMU

Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St
Dallas , TX 75275-0221
General Phone: (214) 768-2000

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SMU Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management873business management, electronic commerce, accounting, accounting and management, entrepreneurship, finance, financial planning, financial management, labor relations, ...
Liberal Arts576Latin American studies, German studies, Italian studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, German language, French language, ...
Law339law, foreign lawyers, US law, tax law
Engineering315engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, construction engineering, manufacturing engineering, ...
Media239mass communication, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising, animation and special effects
Education and Teaching122education, multilingual education, special ed, education of learning disabled, music teaching, education courses
Religion and Philosophy122philosophy, religion, religious music, theology, ministry
Therapy and Counseling106psychology, clinical psychology, music therapy
Computer Science and Engineering105information technology, computer science, computer services management, computer engineering, software engineering
Science88biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, geophysics, physics
Music63music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, piano, voice
Engineering Technician57telecommunications tech, hazardous materials tech, drafting and design tech
Mathematics53mathematics, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics
Fine Arts50fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts50dance, drama
Photography and Commercial Art35film studies, cinematography
Real Estate and Construction Management28real estate
Family and Social Work15facilities management, public policy analysis
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental studies, environmental science
Art Studies0arts management

Number of programs and degrees for SMU in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,54177
Postbaccalaureate certificate7710
Master's degree1,20778
Doctor's degree5823
First-professional degree3552

SMU Student Body

In 2007-2008, SMU had a total enrollment of 10,829 students (8,633 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 55%
Graduate 34%
First Professional 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 6%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 7%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 22%
20-21 24%
22-24 16%
25-29 15%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%
New York2%
New Jersey1%
North Carolina1%

SMU Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 89 %
Part-Time 100 %

SMU Room and Board (2007)

SMU offers campus housing for 2,210 of its 8,633 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Dallas, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

SMU Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal560660
SAT Math590680
SAT Writing560660
ACT Verbal2531
ACT Math2530
ACT Composite2530

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT69%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT52%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

SMU Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,170
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,170
Room and board $ 11,805
Room charge $ 7,585
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,220
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
SMU participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 361300)

SMU Faculty

SMU has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7949
Non-tenured and not on tenure track85104

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year160$128,35132$119,542
Associate professoracademic year114$90,71647$84,248
Assistant professoracademic year76$87,29056$76,908
Instructoracademic year1*0*
Lectureracademic year70$57,34295$49,789
No academic rankacademic year3$135,1412*
All faculty totalacademic year424$99,022232$73,372

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

SMU Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Conference USA
Basketball Conference USA
Track Conference USA

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports31013

SMU Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Civil Engineering, General
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research
Systems Engineering

Engineering Technician
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
Telecommunications Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Facilities Planning and Management
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology, Other
Applied Economics
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
German Studies
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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Top 16%SMU Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Male % of student body
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Top 18%SMU Male % of student body
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% of degrees in computer science and engineering
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