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U.S. Military Veterans

Serve. Lead. Achieve.

SMU is proud to be the institution of choice for so many undergraduate and graduate students who served or are serving in our country’s armed forces. We want to be part of your story as you pursue your goals. We salute your dedication and value your experiences and commitment to education, all of which make our campus community stronger for all. We welcome applications for admission from current or veteran service members as well as their family members.


SMU is the best place in Dallas to complete a degree. With military benefits, you get the advantage of everything SMU has to offer. SMU will help you with connections and knowledge that will help you grow your career.

— Hayley Lambert ’20, ’24, BBA in finance; MBA candidate (U.S. Air Force)

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of national universities

U.S. News & World Report (2023)

Best Colleges
for Veterans

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Best Colleges for
Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report (2023)

How to apply


You can apply as a first-year student if you have not completed college-level courses at an accredited college or university. You can apply as a transfer student if you have completed college-level courses. 

Transfer students must have completed a college-level math course if it has been more than three years since high school graduation.

NO APPLICATION FEE! SMU automatically waives the application fee for ALL undergraduate U.S. military veteran applicants.

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SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE)

If it is not possible for you to be a full-time student in pursuit of a degree at this time, we understand. That is why we encourage you to consider SMU Continuing and Professional Education to earn industry-respected certificates that will give you an edge in the workforce.

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An SMU education is accessible and affordable

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The Yellow Ribbon Program

SMU proudly supports our armed forces members, veterans and their families. As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, SMU guarantees a 100% tuition benefit for undergraduate degree-seeking veterans and their dependents who are eligible under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® for the duration of their entitlement. SMU’s graduate programs provide different levels of funding and may have restrictions on the number of students per program.

Undergraduate and graduate programs

Whether you know what you want or you just want to see what’s out there, SMU offers practically limitless opportunities to explore your options. With a variety of traditional majors and a plethora of new and emerging interdisciplinary fields, we're constantly expanding our degree programs to meet competitive demand in the global economy and your personal inquisitiveness about the world and humanity. Information about school-specific graduate programs is a available in the Related Links.

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Returning to SMU after being called to service

If you were called to active-duty service and left SMU in good academic standing, your file will remain active for one year. While you may register in continuous enrollment at the University, all holds must be cleared prior to enrollment.

If your service period lasted longer than two regular terms (fall, spring), you are required to apply for reactivation. 

When you are ready to return to SMU, please notify the appropriate University departments as soon as possible. This helps to ensure timely processing of enrollment, financial aid, housing and other documents.

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