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Access SMU: Empowering world changers for Texas

A new initiative to help exceptional students from Texas who receive federal Pell Grants and SMU merit scholarships pursue their college dreams.

Go for big dreams

SMU has launched Access SMU – additional merit scholarships – beginning with Texas students to meet full need for high-achieving scholars who receive federal Pell Grants and SMU merit scholarships. Regardless of financial background, the dream of pursuing an exceptional college education at SMU is fully within reach. At SMU, we welcome your ideas, passion and drive that help make our community strong. Our rigorous academics with distinguished faculty, incredible campus experiences and lifelong connections will launch your successful future.

Students eligible for Access SMU:
  • • Enter SMU as a full-time, first-year student directly from high school.
  • • Qualify for and receive a federal Pell Grant. 1, 2
  • • Receive a Founders', Second Century, Distinguished or Provost academic scholarship from SMU.
  • • Have a permanent home address in Texas. 2
  • • Submit the FAFSA and CSS: Profile. 2

1. Students and families with a negative Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) are not eligible for this program.
2. Additional qualifications and verification may be required.

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    (U.S. News & World Report 2024)

  • Top 1%

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    (College Factual 2024)

  • Top 7%

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  • 11,842 student enrollment

    7,115 undergraduate/4,727 graduate (Fall 2023)

  • 35% students of color

    (Fall 2023 undergraduate and graduate)

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  • 94%

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  • 34%

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