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 1. 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 1, your application to SMU will be deferred until Regular Decision. Early Action is not binding.
Regular Decision: Apply by January 15, audition in January or February. 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 by early March and their SMU admission decision by mid-March.
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, audition by/on December 1, receive audition results and SMU admission decision by mid-December. Early Decision II: Apply by January 15, audition by the end of January, receive audition results and SMU admission decision by early March.
Information for Transfer students:
Fall Transfer: Apply by April 1 - audition during the posted on-campus audition dates or by recorded audition.
Spring Transfer: Apply by November 1, audition by/on December 1.
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.