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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do first: audition or apply?
It is not required that you complete your application to SMU prior to scheduling an audition or submitting your portfolio, but candidates are encouraged to do so. All Meadows admissions are contingent upon successful admission to the University.

When will I know about my SMU admission?
Please see Dates & Deadlines for notification time frames.

It’s possible that you will hear about your SMU admission decision before receiving your Meadows audition/portfolio result; however, many students’ SMU admission decisions are not made until after audition/portfolio results have been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Note: Only students who wish to major in Dance, Music, Theatre, Art or Film and Media Arts (B.F.A.) are required to complete an audition/submit a portfolio. If you don’t plan to major in these areas, you shouldn’t list them as your first-choice major on your SMU application: doing so may delay the review of your application.

When will I know about my Meadows admission?
Results are generally mailed as follows: Music and Dance-within 2 weeks of audition, Theatre-within 3 weeks of audition, Art and Film-within 2 weeks of portfolio submission deadline.

When will I know about my scholarship package?
Students who have been admitted to Dance, Theatre, Music, Art or Film and Media Arts (B.F.A.), or have been selected for the Meadows Scholars program, typically receive their scholarship packages between the end of March and early April. May 1 is the national response deadline to accept or decline awards and admission to SMU.

What’s the CSS Profile/FAFSA?
Your first step in funding college is to complete the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You cannot apply for, or receive, any financial aid from SMU without completing both these forms. Don't wait to be accepted to complete them - apply early, while you are submitting your applications. The U.S. Department of Education runs a variety of student financial assistance programs, which include grants and loans. Your eligibility for aid is determined by the information that you provide in the CSS Profile and FAFSA. SMU will also use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for scholarships, grants, and institutional aid. These forms are not required of international applicants.

Helpful hint: Filling out the CSS profile first makes it easier for you to complete the FAFSA form. The CSS Profile has a worksheet that you can then use for the FAFSA.

The CSS Profile and FAFSA can be filed beginning January 1, with a deadline of February 15. For both forms, list SMU as a college choice. The SMU codes are 6660 (CSS Profile) and 003613(FAFSA). Both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA must be filed each year for continued consideration of SMU, federal, and state funding.

If you do not wish to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA because you don’t anticipate qualifying for aid, please complete the FAFSA waiver form. The Meadows School cannot offer you a scholarship without a completed CSS Profile and FAFSA or Meadows Waiver Form.

Learn more about the CSS Profile and apply at:

Learn more about the FAFSA and apply at:

Do I have to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA or the Meadows Waiver Form every year?
If you wish to be considered for need-based financial aid or federal student loans you must complete these forms each year. The Meadows Waiver Form only needs to be completed your first year if you are only receiving academic or artistic merit awards and do not plan on submitting the CSS Profile or FAFSA.


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