University description (as per official university website)
Southern Methodist University, or SMU, was established on April 17, 1911. The university is presently owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. The main campus of SMU encompasses more than 200 acres in Dallas, Texas. In addition, the university has campuses in Plano, New Mexico, and Taos. SMU has several degree and certificate programs and attracts students from around 100 different countries. The academic divisions of the university are organized into the following schools and colleges:
* Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
* Cox School of Business
* Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
* Dedman School of Law
* Lyle School of Engineering
* Meadows School of the Arts
* Perkins School of Theology
The student enrollment at SMU was 10,829 in 2007 (9,118 full-time equivalent).
About 47% of the freshmen class in 2007 was male and women were 53% of the class.
Undergrads are 55% of enrolled students, graduate students are 35%, and those seeking first-professional graduate degrees represent 10%.
About 3% of freshmen are from countries other than the US. Students living in the US make up 97% of incoming freshmen.
Among freshmen students, 100% are full-time and 0% are part-time.
Figuring out how to pay for college can be a little overwhelming, but paying for your future can be more affordable than you think. SMU students represent a range of economic backgrounds.
Don't know if you are eligible for a merit scholarship? Don't think you qualify for financial aid? You may be surprised. More than 70 percent of SMU undergraduates receive some sort of assistance in the form of merit- or need-based award packages. That's why it's important to file the appropriate forms and meet with one of our financial aid advisers to map out your future.
You may be eligible to receive some combination of merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, part-time jobs, and/or low-interest loans. We give assistance to those who otherwise could not afford college, and we also help others who could benefit from and contribute to the SMU community with some financial support. (That could be you.)
First-year students should apply by January 15 for priority consideration for merit and leadership scholarships.
Transfer students should apply by April 1 (Fall entry) or November 1 (Spring entry) to be considered for merit scholarships.
If you excel in academics and leadership, there are opportunities for merit scholarships. If you meet the federal criteria for need-based financial aid, there are a variety of grants, low-interest loans, scholarships, and part-time work opportunities. For your convenience SMU offers a payment plan.