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College Experience serves highly motivated and academically promising high school students. The College Experience program is designed for students who have the demonstrated ability, as well as the maturity and seriousness of purpose, to undertake college- level work. Applicants must have finished the tenth or eleventh grade. Candidates must submit an application, furnish a high school transcript, PSAT/SAT/ACT scores, the signed Behavior Contract, recommendations and an essay indicating their reasons for applying to College Experience. Participants are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic ability and evidence of scholarly interests, motivation, and potential for success in college level work.

Application Procedures

Applicants must follow directions and check the application carefully for completeness and all needed signatures. No incomplete applications are considered. SMU reserves the right to limit enrollment.

Applications are considered as they are received. Applicants will be notified of their status (accept, wait list, reject) within two weeks of receipt of a complete application. Once accepted, a deposit of $300 reserves a place in the program and in the residence hall. The deposit will be applied against your program fees. This nonrefundable program deposit is your commitment to attend SMU College Experience.

A “balance due” statement (all fees minus any scholarship awards) with a payment schedule will be sent with acceptance. Program fees are not refundable after May 16 except for documented medical/family emergencies. Payment may be made by check, money order, MasterCard, or VISA. Returned checks will result in a $50 processing charge.

Limited scholarships based on demonstrated need are available. Applicants will be notified of the amount of available financial aid upon acceptance. Because scholarship resources are limited, students seeking financial assistance are advised to apply as early as possible. Scholarship requests must include a completed Scholarship Application (with all requested information provided), a copy of the first page of the Parents’/Guardians’ 2013 federal income tax form—or, if it is not available, a copy of the first page of the 2012 return and a copy of the 2013 W-2 form(s).

Vaccination Requirement

Effective January 1, 2012, Texas law requires that all new students under the age of 30 must provide documentation to the Health Center demonstrating that they have been vaccinated against Bacterial Meningitis within the past 5 years.” SMU requires students to submit this proof 10 days prior to the first class day. The SMU Student Health Center ( has the bacterial meningitis vaccination available for a cost; you may make an appointment by calling 214-768-2141, or you can visit the Health Center’s immunization clinic anytime from 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 on Wednesdays. You may also obtain a meningitis immunization at your doctor’s office, a local pharmacy which provides immunizations, or the county health department. Otherwise, a conscientious exemption form may be obtained by completing a request for the form online at: We do not wish to discourage anyone from enrolling, so should you be applying and registering less than 10 days prior to the first day of class, please call the GSI office, 214-768-0123, to discuss options.

The SMU Health Center,, requires that a form,, be filed with them prior to allowing a student to enroll.  Please submit your 2-page Health Form and immunization record directly to the Health Center.  You can use email (, fax (214-768-2151) or postal mail (SMU Memorial Health Center, P.O. Box 750195, Dallas TX 75272-0195).


Move-in day is Sunday, July 5, 2015 and the first CE meeting will be held at dinner on that day as well. This meeting is required! Classes begin on Monday, July 7. Final exams are taken on Tuesday, August 4. The afternoon exam ends at 4:00. Dorm rooms must be vacated by 5:00 p.m. on August 4.


Figures given do not include textbooks or personal expenses. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need. Withdrawals are subject to the University's refund policy.
Application Fee (nonrefundable): $35
Tuition for 6 credit hours: $3408
Room and board: $2150
Payment due date is May 15th. Students cannot be officially registered in their classes nor can class preferences be honored until ALL FEES ARE PAID.
Applications received after May 29 will be assessed an additional $100 late registration fee.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Nonrefundable program deposit ($300) due
(Students should accept or reject admission within one week of receiving notification.)
Upon acceptance to CE
First half of CE fee due*
(If accepted after this date, first half is due upon acceptance.)
April 8
Balance of CE fee due* May 15
Late registration fee applied May 29
CE Dates July 5 - August 4
Move-in Date July 5
First CE Dinner meeting in CE Dorm (required for all students) July 5
Classes start July 6
Final Exams August 4
Residence halls must be vacated August 4

* Any other financial arrangements must be made with the Program Director.