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Chances of getting into Southern Methodist University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
53%
Admission Difficulty for Southern Methodist University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into SMU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at SMU is 53%.  It ranks #12 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. SMU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 7,379 out of 14,010 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent (SAT 1250/1450 ACT 29/33). Southern Methodist University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.63. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Southern Methodist University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

SMU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1250-1450
Applicants Submitting SAT 
49%
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for Southern Methodist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1450
Average SAT Score 1350

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Southern Methodist University?

Southern Methodist University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1150. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. SMU ranks #2 in Texas and #83 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Southern Methodist University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1450 and Above Good >68%
1350 to 1450 Avg + 53%-68%
1250 to 1350 Avg - 37%-53%
1150 to 1250 Reach 24%-37%
Less than 1150 Low <24%
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SMU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
63%
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Southern Methodist University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

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 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Texas and #73 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 63 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Methodist University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Southern Methodist University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >68%
31 to 33 Avg + 53%-68%
29 to 31 Avg - 37%-53%
27 to 29 Reach 24%-37%
Less than 27 Low <24%
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SMU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.63
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Southern Methodist University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into SMU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Southern Methodist University was 3.63 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #15 in Texas for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SMU accepts 53% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Southern Methodist University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 20.84% Good
3.75 to 3.99 25.73% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 23.45% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 13.72% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 10.84% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.9% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.52% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

79% 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 47%
Top 25% of class 79%
Top 50% of class 94%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Southern Methodist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,296 6,714 14,010
Accepted 3,809 3,570 7,379
Acceptance Rate 52% 53% 53%
Enrolled 758 773 1,531
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 22% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Southern Methodist University is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Methodist University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Southern Methodist University Application 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.

FAQs

Does Southern Methodist University prefer SAT or ACT?

49% of students submit their SAT scores to SMU. 63% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Southern Methodist University?

53% of those who apply are granted admission to SMU. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Southern Methodist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1250 and 1450. 49% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Southern Methodist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. 63% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.