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Attracting High-Achieving Students

New student support provided throughout the Second Century Campaign enables SMU to draw to Dallas talented students who continue to build the reputation of SMU — and become leaders who contribute significantly to their communities.

“Through the years, student support – including scholarships, internships, awards and graduate fellowships – has enabled SMU to attract and retain high-achieving, diverse students from throughout Texas, the United States and the world. We are grateful to the farsighted donors whose generous support has made it possible for us to provide SMU’s educational excellence to these young achievers.” — R. Gerald Turner, SMU President

At a luncheon on November 17, 2015, SMU honored those who have supported SMU students and the impact those students make while at the Hilltop and as alumni.

New Endowed Scholarships

Increasing the number of scholarships helps ensure that SMU can compete for top students well into the future.

Types of Scholarships

In addition to hundreds of annually funded scholarships, donors have created 582 permanently endowed scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students to ensure that SMU continues attracting top students. Scholarship examples include those for:

  • Undergraduates with interest in Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts
  • Undergraduates with leadership, community and student organization experience
  • Graduate students pursuing professional degrees in Cox School, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Graduate students in the arts and sciences in Dedman College, Meadows School and Lyle School
  • Graduate students with military service

Rising SAT Scores

The average SAT score of SMU first-year students has continued to rise as the University has steadily increased its ability to compete nationally for top students.

Rising Reputation of Students

The University’s student quality is reflected in the increasing number of undergraduates receiving prestigious national awards, such as Fulbright Fellowships, Truman, Marshall and Goldwater scholarships, and others.

Comparison of Average SAT Scores

Comparison of average SAT scores of entering undergraduates in fall 2012 for selected regional and national institutions. In 2013, SMU’s average SAT score for entering students rose to 1302.

Source: Estimates based on data from U.S. News & World Report. Data as of September 2013.

Geographic Diversity

Students from throughout Texas and around the world are attracted to SMU, contributing to the quality and richness of the student body. Data as of September 2013.

Ethnic Diversity

The diversity of the student body has increased along with the rise in quality. Students identifying as ethnic minorities now make up 25 percent of the total student population. Data as of September 2013.