Talented & Gifted Program


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Application Procedures

Application requirements include forms and copies, recommendations, transcripts/grades, SAT/ACT test scores, and essays. No incomplete applications are considered!

Each student is considered fully and thoroughly on the basis of his or her abilities and accomplishments as presented through the completed application. A decision can not be reached on applications until all forms have been received.  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 completed application.* Places will be reserved for 7th graders who do not receive test results until late spring. A deposit of $300 is due when acceptance is received. This nonrefundable program deposit of $300 reserves a place and will be applied against program fees. This deposit indicates a commitment to attend TAG and reserves placement in classes and the residence hall.

A “balance due” statement (all fees minus any scholarship awards) with a payment schedule will be sent. Half of the fees must be paid by April 8 and remaining fees by May 16. Program fees are not refundable after May 15 except for documented medical/family emergencies. Payment may be made by check, money order, VISA, or MasterCard. Returned checks will result in a $50 processing charge. Students who register after the dates above are expected to make timely payments to meet required deadlines. Any other financial arrangements must be made with the program director.

Immunization Requirement

The SMU Health Center, http://smu.edu/healthcenter/, requires that a form, http://smu.edu/healthcenter/medical/healthhistory/, 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 (healthcenter@smu.edu), fax (214-768-2151) or postal mail (SMU Memorial Health Center, P.O. Box 750195, Dallas TX 75272-0195).

Need-Based Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships based on demonstrated need are available. Applicants will be notified of the amount of available monies upon acceptance. Because scholarship resources are limited, students seeking financial assistance are advised to apply as early as possible. Aid requests must include a completed Need-Based Form (with all requested information provided), a copy of the first page of the Parents’/Guardians’ 2014 federal income tax form—or, if it is not available, a copy of the first page of the 2013 return and a copy of the 2014 W-2 form(s).  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of accurate information. Please complete the forms carefully and completely. Need-based scholarship awards for early applications must be received by March 23rd.  Award letters will be mailed by April 1.  Need-based scholarship applications for late applicants will be reviewed in late April.


The application fee is $35. The program cost is $3900, which includes tuition, room and board (including linen service), books, and most supplies. A limited numbers of scholarships are awarded on the basis of need.
For students accepted after the payment due dates, fees are due upon acceptance. All TAG students live on campus for the entirety of the program.
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 TAG
First half of TAG fee ($1800) due**
(If accepted after this date, first half is due upon acceptance.)
April 8
Balance of TAG fee ($1800) due**
Program fees are not refundable after this date except for documented medical/family emergencies.
May 15
Late registration fee applied May 31
TAG Dates July 5-24
Registration, Simmons Hall 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m., July 5
Opening Ceremony 2 pm, July 5
Final Exams for morning classes July 24
Parent Reception, Simmons Hall 11:30 am, July 24
Closing Ceremony 2 pm, July 24

*Applications will be accepted until space is filled. However, early applicants are more likely to be placed in “first-choice” classes.

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