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Big rewards in Dallas

Especially for our international students, SMU and Dallas create a global gateway to limitless opportunities to make your mark in the world. Our vibrant campus community embodies the cosmopolitan city’s unbridled optimism. With Dallas as our classroom, SMU prepares students from all around the world to make a difference.

Discover a thriving global city

Dallas offers a world of opportunities for inspiration, exploration and recreation that can be found just minutes from SMU's tree-lined campus.

  • Top 20%

    SMU is among the top national universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Best for jobs

    Dallas ranks among the best cities for jobs according to Glassdoor 2020.

  • 200+

    Companies from 34 countries have their U.S. headquarters or substantial operations in the Dallas region.

Bridge to big opportunities

SMU’s welcoming campus is located near the heart of one of the United States’ economic and cultural powerhouses.

  • Top 3%

    DFW is among the world’s 500 Best Cities in the Innovation Cities Index 2020 by global data analysis firm 2thinknow.

  • 1 of 300

    SMU is 1 of only 300 schools nationwide that are worth the investment, according to Forbes’ 2019 Best Value Colleges ranking.

  • 4,400+

    Number of internships 1,000+ Dallas-area businesses offer SMU students every year.

  • 65,000+

    SMU alumni in DFW.

  • 143,000+

    SMU alumni worldwide.

Mohammed Njie ’21

SMU alumnus Mohammed Njie ’21 came to the Hilltop with a bold idea to bring reliable energy to his country Gambia, Africa. While earning his BS in electrical engineering, Njie tapped into resources through SMU’s Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity and SMU’s Big iDeas to develop a pilot program that blossomed into a partnership with the Gambian government.

Big ideas, bold results

SMU’s faculty and students join forces as co-creators of knowledge that spans the arts, the sciences, engineering, business and the humanities. Our innovation culture empowers bold thinkers to transform their big ideas into new products, inventive technology and world-changing solutions. Even in their first year, SMU students work alongside faculty researchers and collaborators to find solutions to complex problems.


Experience SMU

Launch your career

Multiple career services centers connect students with top employers for internships or jobs.

Multiply your connections

SMU’s Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement supports student cultural and service organizations.

Thrive in a global destination

Experience comforting cultural touch points at restaurants, festivals, markets and places of worship that celebrate the region’s cultural melting pot.

Feel at home in a vibrant community

  • Lifelong friendships in any of our 11 Residential Commons – an instant community on campus with leadership opportunities and Faculty in Residence.
  • Easy-to-access safety, tutoring, career services, wellness and mental health resources.
  • Whether you have a cold you want to get checked out or need to talk to someone about something on your mind, we have professionals at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center to care for you.

Create your own SMU experience

  • 200

    Student organizations.

  • 100+

    Years of spirit and traditions.

  • 18

    Intramural or club sports.

  • 17

    Division I sports.

  • Big iDeas

    A program funding opportunities to start a company to solve a real-world problem.

  • Incubator

    A dedicated space on campus where enterprising students and faculty meet and work on projects.

  • 1st

    Research opportunities as early as your first semester.

  • Engaged Learning

    Experiential projects, cultural immersions through SMU Abroad programs* and global opportunities through virtual internships abroad.

  • SMU-in-Taos

    Credit courses through intersessions at our campus in New Mexico.


*Three SMU Abroad programs, in France and Spain. SMU is reopening study abroad for fall 2021 with caution.

Undergraduate majors

Hundreds of SMU undergraduates pursue two or more majors. We have you covered with more than 100 undergraduate majors and 85 minors across five nationally recognized undergraduate schools.

Apply to SMU today

Our holistic review of your SMU application weighs several factors, including rigor of high school curriculum, GPA, standardized test scores (optional), English proficiency, essay, resume and letters of recommendation.


Application Checklist:

  • Application for admission

  • Personal essay

  • Official high school transcript

  • SAT or ACT scores (optional)

  • Official English proficiency scores*

  • Counselor recommendation (required)

  • $60 nonrefundable application fee

  • Extracurricular resume (optional)

  • Teacher recommendation (optional)

*SMU accepts the Duolingo English Test, TOEFL and IELTS. Some applicants may have this requirement waived. Ask your SMU admission counselor if you qualify.


Early Action (nonbinding), Early Decision (binding), and scholarship consideration

November 1

Regular Decision (nonbinding), Early Decision II (binding), and scholarship consideration

January 15


Admitted Student Profile of the SMU Class of 2025


Upweighted 4.0 Scale: 3.53-3.94

ACT MID-50%* highest composite

36-Point Scale: 31-34


SAT MID-50%* highest composite

1600-Point Scale: 1360-1500


TOEFL Average


IELTS Average



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