First-Year International Student* Application

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First-Year International Student* Application

*Students who graduate from a high school outside of the U.S.

Step 1: Decide which application deadline is right for you.

Learn about the application deadlines here.

November 1

  • Early Action (non-binding)
  • Early Decision I (binding)

January 15

  • Regular Decision (non-binding)
  • Early Decision II (binding)  

Step 2: Decide which application method is right for you then complete and submit your application.

Step 3: Review and complete the application checklist.

You may pay the nonrefundable $60 application fee by sending a check payable to SMU to the address below or you may pay online at the time you submit your online application through the SMU Online Application, the National Common Application or Apply Texas.

SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission
P.O. Box 750181 
Dallas, TX 75275

  • Official high school transcript
  • SMU financial statement form (for non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents). This form will be available in the applicant's admission portal once their application has been submitted.
  • Official TOEFL scores
  • Official or self-reported SAT or ACT scores (SAT/ACT optional for any student who graduates high school abroad.) (Music, Theatre, Dance, Studio Art, and Film-BFA applicants are not required to submit test scores. See details here.)
  • SMU superscores the ACT. Learn more here.
  • Please note that SMU has adopted the Undergraduate Temporary Test-Optional Policy for students applying for admission for Spring 2021 and the following Fall 2021. Learn more here.
  • InitialView interview (highly encouraged if English is not the applicant's first language, but not required)

All students at SMU will be expected from day one to have the language skills necessary for successful participation in our community. In light of such, we recommend that international applicants participate in an interview conducted by InitialView as part of their application. InitialView will conduct and record an interview with you and provide it and a writing sample to us for our review.

InitialView does not rate or grade the interview/writing sample. Evaluation is done by our admission office.

You may sign up for your interview/writing sample at 
www.initialview.com.

SMU is excited to partner with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their applications to life. We are committed to reviewing every applicant as a unique individual. Simply send your in an email to your admission counselor. Sign up today at ZeeMee.com.

  • Extracurricular résumé

The SMU Admission Committee wants to learn more about your interests, hobbies, and how you spend your time. Please include the following information in your personal résumé: Extracurricular, volunteer, and summer activities. List in order of importance and indicate the amount of weekly time involved in your participation. Work experience. Include position, company/employer, dates of employment, and weekly time involved. Honors, awards, and leadership positions. List honors and awards and indicate grade level in which they were received. List leadership positions and include details on the responsibilities the position required.

Step 4: Submit your application materials.

Please email or mail all application materials to:


Email: ugadmission@smu.edu

Mailing Address
SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission
P.O. Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275

You are welcome to send materials separately; however, please be sure all materials clearly indicate your first, middle and last name, and your date of birth. We recommend that you make and keep a copy of all application forms for your records.

We look forward to reviewing your application and getting to know you better. If you have questions, please contact the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission, where any of our admission counselors are ready to help.

Physical Address:
Laura Lee Blanton Building
6185 Airline Road, 2nd Floor
Dallas, TX 75275

Phone: 214-768-2058

Fax: 214-768-1083

Office Hours: 8:30 am-5 pm CST