Summer Business Institute

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    Applications to the Summer Business Institute may be made by mail, fax, or online.

    Criteria for admission: To be eligible for admission to the SMU Cox Summer Business Institute, you need to: • Have completed at least one year of college before the program —OR— • Have earned your bachelor’s degree within the last five years. • Provide a copy of your college transcript. • Demonstrate strong academic preparation through your grade point average and the short essays on the application form.

    Admissions decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. To be formally admitted into the program, applicants must submit a copy of their college transcript. Early application is recommended as space in the program is limited. The balance of the program fee is due by May 3, 2019, or upon acceptance, whichever is later.

    Deadlines There are three important 2019 dates to remember for applying—February 1, April 1 and May 3. Space is limited, so if you’re serious about securing a spot, we encourage you to apply by the priority deadline of February 1. All applications received by April 1 are eligible for a $500 discount. If you miss that date, you can apply until May 3, but you’ll pay the full program fees.

    Cancellations If you cancel before or on May 3, 2019 we’ll refund the full program fee. If you cancel after May 3 but before or on June 1, we’ll refund half of the program fee. If you apply and fail to attend or drop out during the program, or cancel after June 2, you won’t be eligible for a refund

    Program Dates:  June 3 - 28, 2019.

    Information Session:

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 12:30 p.m., and
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. 
    Application The Priority Deadline is February 1, 2019 
    Early Discount Applications due April 1, 2019
    Final Applications due May 3, 2019 

    Receive $500 off tuition by applying before April 1.
    Cost : Non-Residential:
    • Early Application by April 1, 2019 - $6495
    • Final Applications - $6995

    • Early Application by April 1, 2019 - $7995
    • Final Applications - $8495
    Contact Info : Phone : 214-768-2918 or 866-768-1013
    Email :

  • Participant Profile

    SMU: 63.4%
    Non-SMU: 36.6%

    Average Class Size: 29

    Majors Represented

    Advertising/Communications Journalism 17%
    Biology/Chemistry 4%







    Fine Arts/Film/Art


    Foreign Languages




    Political Science/International Studies

    Psychology/Sociology 13%
    Other 3%

    Male 50.5%
    Female: 49.5%

    Universities Represented


    Baylor University

    St. Lawrence University University of Mississippi

    Birmingham-Southern College

    St. Olaf University

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Colby College

    Sewanee: The University of the South

    University of North Georgia

    Dallas Baptist University

    Southern Methodist University

    University of North Texas

    Davidson College

    Stanford University

    University of Notre Dame

    Denison University Technologico de Monterrey
    University of Oklahoma

    DePaul University

    Texas A&M University

    University of Pennsylvania

    Drew University

    Texas Christian University

    University of San Diego

     Duke University Texas Tech University University of Southern California

    Emory University

    The Citadel

    University of St. Andrews

    Furman University

    Trinity University

    University of Tennessee

    George Washington University

    Tulane University

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Georgetown University Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte The University of Texas at Dallas

    Harvard University

    Universidad Pan-American Campus Guadalajara

    The University of Texas at San Antonio

    Louisiana State University

    University of Alabama

    University of Virginia

    Millsaps College

    University of California – Los Angeles

    Vanderbilt University

    Missouri University of Science and Technology

    University of Colorado

    Wake Forest University

    New York University

    University of Georgia

    Washington & Lee University

    Northwestern University

    University of Houston

    Washington University

    Princeton University

    University of the Incarnate Word

    Wesleyan University

    Randolph-Macon College

    University of Kansas

    Western State College

    Rhodes College

    University of London

    Wheaton College (Ill.)

    Rice University

    University of Lucerne

    Wheaton College (Mass.)

    Scripps College

    University of Minnesota

    William & Mary College



    University of Georgia

  • Pricing and Loans

    There is no application fee to apply to the Summer Business Institute. Full program fees are due by May 3, 2019. The cost of the program depends on where you live while you attend the program.


    With Campus Housing and Meals

    Early and Round One applications before April 1, 2019 - $7,995 (save $500)
    Round Two applications after April 1, 2019 - $8,495


    • Tuition and course materials
    • Single-occupancy room with breakfast and dinner seven days a week
    • Occasional group meals and special events

    Without Campus Housing and Meals

    Early and Round One applications before April 1, 2019 - $6,495 (save $500)
    Round Two applications after April 1, 2019 - $6,995


    • Tuition and course materials
    • Occasional group meals and special events 

    We accept personal checks (payable to SMU) or Visa, Mastercard or American Express for payment. All fees must be paid in full before any pre-reading materials are sent.

    Please note that payments cannot be made through the SMU Bursar’s office because we are a separate department.


    We have been advised by the undergraduate financial aid office of three possible loans that are available for non-credit certificate programs. These are private loans where the funds will be paid directly to you. The student is then required to disburse funds to SMU.

    Sallie Mae Student Loans

    Chase Select Private Student Loans

    Wells Fargo Education Connection Loan

    In the past, we have received Summer Business Institute tuition payments from College Savings Plans, such as a 529 Plan or the Texas Tomorrow Fund.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Upon committing to attendance, the student has reserved a space in the program and is responsible for full payment. If you cancel on or before May 3, 2019, we’ll refund you the full program fee. If you cancel between May 3 and June 1, we’ll refund you half of the program fee. If you cancel on or after June 2, are accepted and paid, but fail to attend, as well as students who drop out during the program, you will not be eligible for refunds