Performing arts, visual arts and communication arts all in one school. Get ready to make an impact in the world.
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-admission” 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.
Click here to read an important note to those applying to SMU using Early Action/Early Decision 1 (November 1 deadline) and are pursuing degrees in Music, Dance, Theatre, Studio Art or the B.F.A. in Film & Media Arts.
If you apply to SMU by Nov. 1 but do not complete your audition/submit your portfolio until January or February, there is a strong possibility that your SMU admission decision will be deferred until your Meadows audition or portfolio results are available. This is because, as part of the holistic application review process, the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission would like the opportunity to consider both your academic application as well as your audition/portfolio results before delivering an admission decision.
If you apply using Early Action/Early Decision I and receive a "deferred" letter, you will receive a followup decision letter after the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission has reviewed the results of your audition or portfolio.
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.
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!