Goals & Priorities
Increasing the number of scholarships helps ensure that SMU can compete for top students well into the future.
In addition to hundreds of annually funded scholarships, donors have created more than 472 permanently endowed scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students to ensure that SMU continues attracting top students. Scholarship examples include those for:
The average SAT score of SMU first-year students has continued to rise as the University has steadily increased its ability to compete nationally for top students.
The University’s student quality is reflected in the increasing number of undergraduates receiving prestigious national awards, such as Fulbright Fellowships, Truman, Marshall and Goldwater scholarships, and others.
Comparison of average SAT scores of entering undergraduates in fall 2012 for selected regional and national institutions. In 2013, SMU’s average SAT score for entering students rose to 1302.
Students from throughout Texas and around the world are attracted to SMU, contributing to the quality and richness of the student body.
The diversity of the student body has increased along with the rise in quality. Students identifying as ethnic minorities now make up 25 percent of the total student population.