College Experience

College Experience

 July 5 - August 4, 2015

This summer, get the credit you deserve for your exceptional academic efforts through SMU's College Experience, a unique five-week summer program that provides an opportunity for a small and carefully chosen group of highly motivated and academically able high school students to get a head start on college and a taste of campus life. Through participation in college credit courses, students entering the eleventh and twelfth grades can earn up to six credit hours which can be applied towards a bachelor's degree.

Students live together in a campus residence facility, and cultural and recreational activities are arranged by resident advisors.

Course Work

During the morning hours, each student participates in a three-credit-hour course chosen from SMU's regular summer offerings in the fields of mathematics, philosophy, languages, literature, political science, history, psychology, arts and humanities, the sciences, and rhetoric. Students are guided into courses for which they have appropriate prerequisite skills. In the afternoon, the College Experience students study together in a unique learning community, the College Experience Seminar. Led by outstanding university faculty members, students engage in intensive interdisciplinary study.

The Faculty

College Experience instructors are members of the Southern Methodist University faculty.


Applicants must have finished the tenth or eleventh grade by the start of the program. Selection for the College Experience program is competitive and based on a completed application form which includes an academic transcript; recommendations; an essay; and PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores. TOEFL scores are required for foreign students. 

The Application Form is available for download in PDF format. Download PDF Application Form


2015 tuition (six hours college-credit) for the College Experience program is $3408. The separate room and board fee is $2050. A limited number of scholarships are available on the basis of demonstrated financial need; all qualified students, regardless of their financial resources, are encouraged to apply.

For More Information

SMU College Experience Program
PO Box 750383
Dallas, Texas 75275-0383
Phone : 214-768-0123
Fax: 214-768-3147

The Gifted Students Institute office is located at 3101 University, Suite 163C, Dallas TX  75275.