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SMU Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

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.

Women Men Total
Applied 7,127 5,865 12,992
Accepted 3,390 2,970 6,360
Acceptance Rate 48% 51% 49%
Enrolled 659 715 1,374
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 24% 22%

Scores you need to get in

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.

ACT Requirements

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.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

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
SAT Composite 1300 1470
SAT Reading 650 730
SAT Math 640 750
ACT Composite 28 32
ACT English 28 33
ACT Math 27 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 49% Good
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

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Methodist University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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