Which is right for me: Early Action, Regular Decision, or Early Decision?
In general, we encourage students to apply when their application will be most competitive and to audition when they will be most prepared. Early Action, Regular Decision, and Early Decision applicants are considered equally for artistic scholarships, since we do not begin awarding artistic scholarships until mid-March.
Early Action: Apply by November 1, audition by/on December 6. The benefit of applying Early Action is that a student will receive their audition results and their SMU admission decision by mid-December. If you apply Early Action, but do not complete your audition by/on December 6 or submit a recording by November 15, your application to SMU will be deferred until Regular Decision. Early Action is not binding.
Early Decision is a binding application whereby students commit to attend SMU if admitted. Be sure to review the Early Decision FAQ. Early Decision I: Apply by November 1 and audition by/on December 6 to receive audition results and SMU admission decision by mid-December. Early Decision II: Apply by January 15 and audition by the end of January to receive audition results and SMU admission decision by early February 15.
Regular Decision: Apply by January 15 and audition by/on February 15. Regular Decision is appropriate for students who plan to audition in January or February and/or those students whose applications will be more competitive with the inclusion of their first semester senior year grades. Regular Decision applicants typically receive their audition results about two weeks after the audition and their SMU admission decision by late March.
Information for Transfer Students:
Spring Transfer: Apply by November 1 and audition by/on November 23
Fall Transfer: Apply by April 1 and audition by February 15
Note that all transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and check with your transfer admission counselor to ensure that you have satisfied this admission requirement. Plan ahead to optimize your possibility of earning a Transfer Scholarship, and check out the Transfer Equivalency Guides.
Information for International Students:
In addition to your dance audition, please be sure to complete all SMU application checklist items for international students listed here.