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Can I get into SMU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 6,360 out of 12,992 applicants or 49% were admitted making SMU a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Southern Methodist University typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||24%||22%|
What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Southern Methodist University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.
Admission data indicates that SMU regularly accepts students with ACTs of 28 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 68 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Methodist University.
Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 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 1215. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1385 out of 1600. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|25th Percentile Score||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Est. Admission Chances|
|32 and Above||Good||>62%|
|30 to 32||Avg +||49%-62%|
|28 to 30||Avg -||36%-49%|
|26 to 28||Reach||25%-36%|
|Less than 26||Low||<25%|
|SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1470 and Above||Good||>62%|
|1385 to 1470||Avg +||49%-62%|
|1300 to 1385||Avg -||36%-49%|
|1215 to 1300||Reach||25%-36%|
|Less than 1215||Low||<25%|
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Southern Methodist University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Southern Methodist University was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SMU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|3.50 to 3.75||21%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||15%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||9%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||6%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||0%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||0%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||0%||Low|
The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 15, 2017.
What are the requirements for admission to Southern Methodist University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?
|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.