Southern Methodist University
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Application Instructions

Application Checklist

check Completed application for admission
check Personal essay
check $60 nonrefundable application fee
check College transcripts
An official academic transcript from each college or university attended, including the last completed term, must be sent by the institution to SMU at the address at the bottom of the page.

check Official high school transcript required if any of the following apply:
  • You have no evidence of college algebra or higher level of college math
  • You have less than 30 transferable hours
  • You have not completed a one-year sequence of a single foreign language at the college level
check One or two faculty recommendations
Generally, recommendations are optional. However, they are required for students from Dallas-area community colleges who wish to be considered for the full-tuition scholarships and Phi Theta Kappa members who wish to be considered for the PTK Scholarships.

check Audition
Performing arts applicants who intend to major in dance, music, or theatre must satisfy a performance audition requirement as part of the admission process. Candidates must be accepted by the appropriate Performing Arts Division and the Office of Admission. Studio art applicants may wish to submit an art portfolio. For audition and portfolio information, please write or call:

Associate Dean, Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750356
Dallas TX 75275-0356

Financial Aid Checklist

check Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
spacerTo be considered for need-based aid, you must file a FASA by February 1, listing SMU as your
spacercollege choice. The SMU code is 003613.
check Application for Financial Aid Scholarships
spacerIf you wish to be considered for a limited number of scholarship funds that have specific eligibility
spacerrequirements established by the donors, please complete the Application for Financial Aid Scholarships.

To request the International Student Application, please write or call:

The International Office
Southern Methodist University
3108 Fondren Drive
Dallas, TX USA 75205

Transfer Applicant Deadlines

Entry Semester Application Deadline Deposit Deadline Notification Information
Spring by November 1 December 1 Notification for spring begins mid-October.
Summer by March 15 May 1 Admission decisions for summer are sent beginning February.
Fall Scholarship Applicants by April 1 July 1 Admission decisions for fall are sent beginning February.
Fall by June 1 July 1 Admission decisions for fall are sent beginning February.

Admitted applicants desiring matriculation are required to send a $500 nonrefundable deposit by the deadline shown. ($300 for those not desiring housing.)

Scholarship Options
Admitted transfer students will be considered for most SMU merit scholarships if the Admission Application has been submitted on or before May 15 (Fall Entry) or November 1 (Spring Entry). Phi Theta Kappa members wishing to apply for the PTK Transfer Scholarship should request an application by writing or calling the Division of Enrollment Services.

Contacting SMU
Division of Enrollment Services
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750181
Dallas TX 75275-0181
1-800-323-0672 or 214-768-2058

Nondiscrimination Statement
Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. The Director of Affirmative Action has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and may be contacted at Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX 75275, 214-768-3601.

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