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Student Achievement

Graduation Rate

SMU’s average four-year (67 percent) and six-year (79 percent) graduation rates are similar to those of the University’s cohort peers. Details about students who enter SMU as first-year students seeking Bachelor’s degrees and who complete their degrees four and six years are below.

Four Year Graduation Rates

Beginning Fall Term Year 2008 2009 2010  2011  2012 Average
Year by which degree was completed   2012 2013 2014  2015  2016  
Southern Methodist University 67 67 67  67  68 67
Cohort Peers Average1 67 67  67 67  69 68
Aspirational Peers Average2 81 81  81  81  82  81

Six Year Graduation Rates

Beginning Fall Term Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Average
Year by which degree was completed 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  
Southern Methodist University 80 79 77 79 79 79
Cohort Peers Average1 78 79 79 79  81 79
Aspirational Peers Average2 89 89 90 90  90 90

Notes

Cohort and aspirational peer data for the most recent year has not yet been shared. This page will be updated when that data is received.

1. Cohort peers: institutions which are operationally comparative to SMU. That means they are private, similar in size and in offerings. They include: American University, Baylor University, Boston University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Marquette University, Pepperdine University, Syracuse University, Texas Christian University, University of Denver, University of Miami, and the University of Tulsa.

2. Aspirational peers: institutions with which SMU seeks to be comparable in characteristics and quality. They include: Boston College, Brandeis University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Emory University, Lehigh University, Tufts University, Tulane University, University of Notre Dame, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest University.