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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do first: audition or apply?
With the exception of Music students auditioning in December, it is not required that you complete your application to SMU prior to scheduling an audition or submitting your portfolio; however, candidates are encouraged to do so. All Meadows admissions are contingent upon successful admission to the University.

Do I have to submit SAT or ACT scores?
No. SMU has implemented a Test Optional Policy for Dual Admit Applicants to SMU Meadows School of the Arts:

An SAT or ACT score report is not required for admission consideration from applicants who are seeking admission to Dual Admit programs in the Meadows School of the Arts [Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film B.F.A.]. Applicants should only submit an SAT or ACT score report for academic merit scholarship consideration: The recommended combined score to be considered for academic merit scholarships is 1330 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

Note that students who do not submit test scores will be considered only for artistic scholarship and need-based aid; they will not be considered for scholarships based on academic merit.

Students who do not submit test scores should list their Meadows major first on their application for admission. Students not admitted to Meadows via their portfolio or audition, but who still wish to be considered for admission to SMU, will be required to submit test scores at that time.

When will I know about my SMU admission?
Please see Dates & Deadlines for notification time frames.

Note: Only students who wish to major in Dance, Music, Theatre, Art or Film and Media Arts (B.F.A.) are required to complete an audition/submit a portfolio. If you don’t plan to major in these areas, you shouldn’t list them as your first-choice major on your SMU application.

When will I know about my Meadows admission?
Results are generally emailed as follows: Music and Dance-within two weeks of audition, Theatre-within three weeks of audition, Art and Film-within two weeks of portfolio submission deadline.

When will I know about my scholarship package?
Students who have been admitted to Dance, Theatre, Music, Art or Film and Media Arts (B.F.A.), or have been selected for the Meadows Scholars program, typically receive their scholarship packages between the end of March and early April. May 1 is the national response deadline to accept or decline awards and admission to SMU.

What’s the CSS Profile/FAFSA?
Your first step in funding college is to complete the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You cannot receive, any financial aid from SMU without completing both these forms. Don't wait to be accepted to complete them - apply early, while you are submitting your applications. The U.S. Department of Education runs a variety of student financial assistance programs, which include grants and loans. Your eligibility for aid is determined by the information that you provide in the CSS Profile and FAFSA. SMU will also use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for scholarships, grants and institutional aid. These forms are not required of international applicants.

Review the Meadows Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more details.

Do I have to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA or the Meadows Waiver Form every year?
If you wish to be considered for need-based financial aid or federal student loans you must complete these forms each year. The Meadows Waiver Form only needs to be completed your first year if you are only receiving academic or artistic merit awards and do not plan on submitting the CSS Profile or FAFSA.


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