All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation and an official transcript, including an English translation if it is not in English, and course descriptions or syllabi. It is the student’s responsibility to procure this evaluation and to assume financial responsibility for it. An exception to this requirement is an exchange agreement between SMU and a foreign institution which is modeled after the U.S. education system.

    Because of the importance of this information, SMU only accepts evaluations from the following agencies of proven reliability:

    AACRAO
    One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
    Washington, DC 20036
    Telephone: 202-239-9161
    Fax: 202-872-8857
    E-mail: info@aacrao.org
    http://www.aacrao.org
    WES
    World Education Services, Inc.

    PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    Telephone: 212-966-6311
    TOLL FREE: 1-800-937-3895
    E-mail: info@wes.org
    http://www.wes.org/

    International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    PO Box 2585
    Denton, TX 76202-2585
    Telephone: 940-383-7498
    http://www.iacei.net
    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Telephone: 305-273-1616
    Fax: 305-273-1338
    E-mail: info@jsilny.com
    http://www.jsilny.com
     

    The above services’ evaluations should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system and course levels, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.

    The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers and state licensing boards. However, the report is not binding to SMU and it will be considered a recommendation for SMU’s independent decision of the credit to be given. Information and applications from the agencies are available online. For more information, students should contact the Office of Admission.
     

Exchange Agreement


    An exchange agreement between SMU and Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) was established in 2004. ITESM is SACS accredited and is modeled after the U.S. education system, therefore it is treated as a U.S. institute. A professional evaluation is not required for ITESM.

    Transfer students from foreign institutions should have their transcripts and related documents sent to:

      The International Center
      SMU
      6185 Airline Road, Suite 216
      Dallas, TX 75205
      USA

    For further information please contact the SMU International Office.

    Enforcement Actions Against Institutions Violating the Texas Education Code

    Listed in the link below are administrative or legal actions taken by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Office of the Attorney General, or local law enforcement for violations of the Texas Education Code or other statutes related to private colleges and universities. Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean the institution offers fraudulent or substandard degrees.

    http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm