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IPEDS ID: 228246
OPE ID: 00361300
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Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St, Dallas, Texas 75275-0221
General information:  (214) 768-2000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  10,929 (6,357 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  11 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty772430
Research and public service451
Total graduate assistants-350
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$37,230$39,430$41,750$43,8004.9%
Books and supplies$800$800$800$8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,655$13,125$13,539$13,9553.1%
Off Campus
Room and board--$7,500$7,5000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$53,285$55,955$58,689$61,3554.5%
Off Campus$38,030$40,230$52,650$54,9004.3%
Off Campus with Family$40,630$42,830$45,150$47,4005.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,08776%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,04773%$25,125,345$23,997
Federal grants18313%$845,863$4,622
Pell grants18313%$756,455$4,134
Other federal grants463%$89,408$1,944
State/local government grant or scholarships19814%$801,749$4,049
Institutional grants or scholarships1,03973%$23,477,733$22,596
Student loan aid45532%$3,616,142$7,948
Federal student loans44731%$2,568,573$5,746
Other student loans584%$1,047,569$18,062
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,41771%$106,895,073$24,201
Pell grants1,08417%$4,416,031$4,074
Federal student loans2,02932%$14,212,984$7,005
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$29,140$30,574$34,291
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$14,040$18,001$19,647
$30,001 – $48,000$15,447$19,664$19,451
$48,001 – $75,000$21,653$24,224$26,504
$75,001 – $110,000$28,988$28,685$30,937
$110,001 and more$37,261$39,621$40,275
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment10,929
Undergraduate enrollment6,357
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment337
Graduate enrollment4,572
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 7%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 65%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 96%
25 and over: 4%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 41%
Out-of-state: 54%
Foreign countries: 5%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 53%
Part-time: 47%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 92%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants12,0805,2386,842
Percent admitted51%52%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%25%22%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading600690
SAT Math620700
SAT Writing590680
ACT Composite2731
ACT English2733
ACT Math2632
ACT Writing89
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 89%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 80 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 79%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 60%
6-year: 75%
8-year: 76%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 75%
Female: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 79%
Black or African American: 66%
Hispanic/Latino: 81%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 90%
White: 80%
Two or more races: 100%
Non-resident alien: 70%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies1---
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies0---
Italian Studies0---
Latin American Studies0---
Women's Studies---0
Category total1--0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General5202-
Category total5802-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General27125--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-44--
Finance, General133158--
Financial Planning and Services141--
Management Information Systems, General00--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General5735--
Real Estate115--
Category total366510--
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects-71-70
Category total-71-70
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations/Image Management46---
Category total1537--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science347d2-
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst-22--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other-7--
Category total3436d2-
Bilingual and Multilingual Education-7--
Education, Other-952-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities---14d
Music Teacher Education48--
Category total4110214d
Civil Engineering, General223d0-
Computer Engineering, General717d0-
Computer Software Engineering-17d00
Electrical and Electronics Engineering2335d4-
Engineering Science-0--
Engineering, General017d1-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering138d--
Manufacturing Engineering-7d--
Mechanical Engineering3719d2-
Operations Research4323d0-
Systems Engineering-79d2-
Category total145225d90
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management041d3-
Telecommunications Technology/Technician-48d--
Category total089d3-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing15---
English Language and Literature, General3341-
Category total4841-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Facilities Planning and Management-0--
Category total-0--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature13---
German Language and Literature4---
Italian Language and Literature1---
Spanish Language and Literature31---
Category total49---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-59--
Music Therapy/Therapist10--
Category total159--
History, General3261-
Category total3261-
Legal Professions and Studies
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence-21-
Programs for Foreign Lawyers-68--
Tax Law/Taxation-13--
Category total-83261-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies10--
Humanities/Humanistic Studies20--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other45--0
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-66-0
Category total4866-0
Mathematics and Statistics
Computational Mathematics-54-
Mathematics, General62---
Statistics, General2166-
Category total642110-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies33---
Medieval and Renaissance Studies01--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0---
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution-50-6
Sustainability Studies-6d--
Category total3357d-6
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science11d--
Environmental Studies4---
Category total51d--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management41---
Category total41---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies805-
Category total2505-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1611-
Geology/Earth Science, General911-
Geophysics and Seismology112-
Physics, General113-
Category total2747-
Clinical Psychology-02-
Psychology, General983--
Category total9832-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
International Policy Analysis6---
Public Policy Analysis, General10---
Category total16---
Social Sciences
Applied Economics012-1
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics0---
Economics, General152104-
Political Science and Government, General45---
Social Sciences, General7---
Category total2562571
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious/Sacred Music-1--
Theology/Theological Studies-3111-
Category total-7711-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation209--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production154--
Dance, General120--
Design and Applied Arts, Other2---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General234--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0---
Fine and Studio Arts Management-13--
Fine/Studio Arts, General166--
Keyboard Instruments33--
Music History, Literature, and Theory-2--
Music Performance, General917-17
Music Theory and Composition04--
Music, General8---
Voice and Opera54--
Category total11368-17
Grand total1,6171,522323108
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined65
Swimming and Diving3731
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1921 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1927 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs5/19/2009 -  Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology(!)7/1/1938 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)7/1/2007 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1982 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1931 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1993 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations28914
Liquor law violations387131
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations1117
Liquor law violations182817
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible125
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault036
Motor vehicle theft137
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible112
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault013
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate6.8%5.9%
Number in default10695
Number in repayment1,5441,589
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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