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Southern Methodist University Profile - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data

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Southern Methodist University Description:

Located in the University Park area of Dallas, Southern Methodist University consistently ranks among the top 100 national universities. The Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts are both worth a close look, and SMU has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The university offers 80 bachelor degree programs through its five undergraduate schools. SMU is affiliated with the Methodist Church, but its teaching is nonsectarian (from its founding, SMU has been interested in becoming a great university, not a great Methodist university). In athletics, the SMU Mustangs compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,893 (6,249 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $41,750
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,539
  • Other Expenses: $2,600
  • Total Cost: $58,689

Southern Methodist University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 78%
  • Southern Methodist University Scholarships (Cappex.com)
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 74%
    • Loans: 32%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,947
    • Loans: $7,747

Most Popular Majors:

Acounting, Advertising, Economics, Finance, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science, Public Relations

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 80%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Southern Methodist University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://smu.edu/catalogs/undergrad/description.asp

"Southern Methodist University’s mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. Among its faculty, students, and staff, the University develops skills and cultivates principled thought and wisdom. The University is dedicated to the values of academic freedom and open inquiry and to its United Methodist heritage.

To fulfill its mission the University strives for quality, innovation and continuous improvement as it pursues the following goals:

  • To enhance the academic quality and competitiveness of the University.
  • To improve teaching and learning.
  • To strengthen scholarly research and creative achievement.
  • To support and sustain student development and quality of life.
  • To broaden global perspectives.
  • To advance the University through select, strategic alliances."
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