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Undergraduate Admissions

Performing arts, visual arts and communication arts all in one school. Get ready to make an impact in the world.

SMU Meadows Admissions

Contact Us

Corinna Nash-Wnuk
Associate Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management

Ryan Cole
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment

Pam Henderson
Director of Scholarships and
Financial Aid

Trevor Meagher
Admissions Coordinator

Important Deadlines

First Year Students

Early Action and Early Decision I: November 1
Early Decision II and Regular Decision: January 15

See Dates and Deadlines for further details about the different Application Deadlines.

Transfer and International Students

Learn more about transfer and international application details.

Auditions and Portfolios for Music, Theatre, Dance, Studio Art and Film and Media Arts B.F.A.*

Auditions and portfolio submissions are typically held in fall and winter. Visit the admissions details in the Music, Theatre, Dance, Studio Art, and Film B.F.A. sections for the latest dates and information.

*Only students interested in the Film B.F.A program are required to submit a film portfolio. Students interested in the Film B.A. program are not required to submit a portfolio. Please see the Film and Media Arts page for more information.

Financial Aid Forms

CSS Profile and FAFSA forms or waivers are due February 15

Go Further

Ready to apply? Just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Apply to SMU.

Are you a first-year student, an international student, or a transfer? Early application deadline is November 1; regular application deadline is January 15.
Find your application.

Step 2: For Music, Theatre, Dance, Studio Art and Film and Media Arts BFA applicants

All music, theatre, dance, studio art and film B.F.A. applicants are considered “Dual Admit” students, which means they must apply to and be accepted by both SMU and the Meadows School of the Arts. In addition to their SMU application, “dual admission” students must also audition or submit a portfolio to Meadows.

Test Optional Policy for Dual Admit Applicants to SMU Meadows School of the Arts:
An SAT or ACT score report is not required for admission consideration from applicants who are seeking admission to Dual Admit programs in the Meadows School of the Arts [Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film-BFA]. Applicants should only submit an SAT or ACT score report for academic merit scholarship consideration. The recommended combined score to be considered for academic merit scholarships is 1320 on the old SAT (critical reading and math sections only), 1380 on the new SAT, or 29 on the ACT.

Note that students who do not submit test scores will be considered only for artistic scholarship and need-based aid; they will not be considered for scholarships based on academic merit.

Students who do not submit test scores should list their Meadows major first on their application for admission. Students not admitted to Meadows via their portfolio or audition, but who still wish to be considered for admission to SMU, will be required to submit test scores at that time.

Find out more about admissions, auditions and portfolio requirements for:

The Advertising, Art History, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Creative Computation, Journalism and Film and Media Arts B.A. programs are not dual-admission programs. Students intending to enter these programs need only apply to SMU and indicate their areas of interest on the application form.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Did you know that every first-year student applying to SMU is automatically considered for academic scholarship upon application, with no additional paperwork necessary?*

SMU and Meadows School of the Arts offers several variations of academic and artistic-merit scholarships.
See more about Scholarships and Financial aid.

All new undergraduate and transfer scholarship applicants are required to file the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and February 15 of the application year. Be sure to include SMU’s school code on your submissions: 6660 for the CSS Profile and 003613 for the FAFSA.

Questions? Contact Pam Henderson, Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid (214.768.3314)

*With one exception – SMU’s Nancy Ann Hunt and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholarship requires one additional essay. Find out more.

Why Meadows?

Meadows students are energized by life, their passions, their talents and their readiness to make an impact in the world. Meadows School of the Arts offers a robust training ground for the ambitious student seeking to grow their own voice in a conservatory environment complemented by liberal arts education. Guided by industry-respected faculty in small classroom settings, students have ample opportunities for performing and key internships both on and off campus. This powerful combination produces market-ready students prepared to engage the world in the field of their choice.

SMU is located in the heart of Dallas, one of the most vibrant cities in the country. As a top-five media market, home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and the nation’s largest urban arts district, there is no better place to stretch your potential, find your voice and make an impact in the world.

If you haven’t yet visited the campus, you can arrange your visit today. Want to meet with Meadows faculty or sit in on a class? Submit our Meadows Visit form.

We offer majors and minors in performing arts, visual arts and communication arts. Learn more about our programs and read about your areas of interest.

Questions? Contact your SMU admissions counselor or Meadows recruiter today!


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