First Year

 Step 1: Decide which application deadline is right for you.

Learn about the application deadlines here.

November 1

January 15

Step 2: Decide which application method is right for you then complete and submit your application.

Step 3: Review and complete the application checklist.

  • Completed application
  • Completed Early Decision Agreement Form (if applying Early Decision)
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee*
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official or self-reported SAT or ACT scores. Students who graduate abroad, as well as Music, Theatre, Dance, Studio Art, and Film-BFA applicants are not required to submit test scores. Visual and performing arts applicants can learn more here.
    • SMU superscores the SAT and ACT.
  • Please note that SMU has extended our Temporary Test Optional policy to cover fall 2023 and spring 2024 applicants. Learn more here
    Official TOEFL, IELTS, OR Duolingo English Test (DET) results are required for students whose language of instruction is bilingual or not solely in English.
  • Counselor recommendation (PDF) 
  • Teacher recommendation (optional) (PDF)
  • Extracurricular résumé**
  • Home School Supplement (if applicable) (PDF)
  • Review audition and portfolio requirements (students applying for Art, Film (BFA), Dance, Music, or Theatre)

Step 4: Submit your application materials.

Please submit your application online. Supporting documents for your application (e.g. letters of recommendation, transcripts etc) should be sent from an official at your school.

If you or your school counselor has any challenges submitting your application or supporting documents, they can be scanned and emailed to or physically mailed to the address below. Online submission is encouraged:


Mailing Address
SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission
P.O. Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275

Please be sure all materials clearly indicate your first, middle and last name, and your date of birth. If you physically mail your documents, we recommend that you make and keep a copy of all application forms for your records.

We look forward to reviewing your application and getting to know you better. If you have questions, please contact the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission, where any of our admission counselors are ready to help.

Physical Address (for FedEx, UPS, and DHL shipments):
Laura Lee Blanton Building
6185 Airline Road
Dallas, TX 75205

Phone: 214-768-2058

Fax: 214-768-1083

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time 

* You may pay online at the time you submit your online application through the SMU Online Application, the National Common Application or Apply Texas. If you are going to pay by check, make the check payable to SMU to the address below.

SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission
P.O. Box 750181 
Dallas, TX 75275 

** The SMU Admission Committee wants to learn more about your interests, hobbies, and how you spend your time. Please include the following information in your personal résumé: Extracurricular, volunteer, and summer activities. List in order of importance and indicate the amount of weekly time involved in your participation. Work experience. Include position, company/employer, dates of employment, and weekly time involved. Honors, awards, and leadership positions. List honors and awards and indicate grade level in which they were received. List leadership positions and include details on the responsibilities the position required.