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    Southern Methodist University
   
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Admission



Southern Methodist University General Admissions Policy

Consistent with its vision and mission, SMU seeks to enroll students who have the potential for academic success and who will enrich the collegiate community. The rich variety of perspectives SMU seeks are those that result from differences in racial, ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic, geographic, educational and religious backgrounds; different life experiences, and talents in the arts or athletics. It is the policy of SMU to examine individually each prospective student’s application for admission to determine the nature and extent of the applicant’s potential to succeed and to enrich the community. Through financial support, SMU endeavors to ensure that cost of attendance will not be a barrier to achieving its goal of a diverse community.

All degree-seeking first-year students, regardless of intended major, enter the University as SMU Pre-Majors, and they are advised through the University Advising Center. Students normally qualify for entry into a major and specific degree program during their sophomore year. Admission into any undergraduate degree program requires the completion of minimum academic standards determined by the school in which the program is based. The specific requirements for admission into each of SMU’s undergraduate schools are outlined in the admission section of that school’s information in this catalog.

SMU’s Notice of Nondiscrimination  is found in the catalog.

First-Year Admission Criteria

Selection of degree-seeking students at SMU is based on several criteria: the high school curriculum, academic performance in the classroom, grade pattern, rank in class (if available), SAT and/or ACT scores, counselor and teacher recommendations, essay, behavioral record and extracurricular activities. Although no specific cutoff is applied to any single measure, generally a student who has both accomplished a strong academic record and exhibited a variety of noteworthy and personal achievements will contribute and benefit most from the SMU experience. Matriculation to the University is contingent upon continuing academic achievement and completion of the high school diploma. The Admission Committee may rescind offers of admission for students whose academic, extracurricular or behavioral records are not consistent with information presented in the application for admission. As an independent institution, SMU has no limits on enrollment based solely on geography or distinctions in tuition, fees or other costs based on the residency of the student.

High School Curriculum

High school curricula, including curricular rigor, academic performance in the classroom, elective choices and senior-year course load, are considered in the admission review. Applicants should submit high school records with a minimum of 15 or more academic units. The recommended distribution for a minimum program is as follows: four units of English, three units of mathematics (algebra 1, plane geometry, algebra 2), three units of science (including two units of laboratory science), three units of social science and two units of a second language (a two-year sequence).

American Sign Language may be used to satisfy the second language requirement. Engineering applicants should have completed four years of math (including higher-level math beyond algebra 2) and a year each of chemistry and physics. Note: Most students who are successful in the admission process present credentials well in excess of the minimum course recommendations.

Home School Criteria

Home school and distance learning applicants are expected to complete the equivalent of the high school curriculum as outlined above and submit SAT and/or ACT scores. In addition, students must submit the Home School Supplement form, which provides the education coordinator an opportunity to share his or her philosophy for homeschooling, comments concerning the grading scale and caliber of academic work completed, and a brief recommendation of the student. Access a checklist at www.smu.edu/admission/apply/firstyear/homeschool for the home school requirements. In addition to these requirements, SAT subject exams (suggested: English, literature, math and science) are highly encouraged for students who have taken the majority of high school coursework at home. Home-schooled students are eligible for federal student aid for college if they have “completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law” [Section 484(d)(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965].

Application Timetable for First-Year Students

All prospective students must complete the application for admission and submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Fee waivers are available for students who have demonstrated financial need. First-year applicants are reviewed on the admissions calendar as follows:

Application Deadline: November 1

Early Decision 1 (binding)

Early Action (nonbinding)

Notification Date: By December 31

Application Deadline: January 15

Early Decision 2 (binding)

Regular Decision (nonbinding)

Notification Date: By April 1

Note: The priority deadline for merit scholarship consideration is January 15. Applications for admission received after January 15 are considered if space is available. Notification will be rolling after April 1.

Required Testing

SMU requires all applicants, except dual admission applicants to Meadows School of the Arts and students who graduate from secondary schools outside the United States, to submit ACT or SAT scores. Students whose native language is not English and whose entire secondary edu­cation has not been in an English-medium school are required to submit one of the following: 

  • TOEFL English language proficiency exam score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or at least 80 on the Internet-based test.
  • IELTS English competency test score of at least 6.5 on the academic test.
  • Pearson Test of English score of at least 57.

Note: Special attention is given to the writing and reading subscores of the TOEFL.

Students can obtain additional information about the College Board and its tests (SAT, SAT subject tests, TOEFL) by contacting their high school counselors or by contacting the College Board at www.collegeboard.org. Students can request further information about the ACT exam from their high school counselors or the ACT National Office at www.act.org.

Test Optional Policy for Dual Admission applicants to SMU Meadows School of the Arts:

An SAT or ACT score report is not required for admission consideration from applicants who are seeking admission to Dual Admission programs in the Meadows School of the Arts (Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film-BFA).  Applicants should only submit an SAT or ACT score report for academic merit scholarship consideration.  Note that students who do not submit test scores will only be considered for artistic scholarships and need-based aid.

Students who do not submit test scores should list their Meadows major first on the application for admission.  Students not admitted to Meadows via their portfolio or audition, but who still wish to be considered for admission to SMU, will be required to submit test scores at that time.

Performing Arts Auditions/Visual Arts Consideration

In order to pursue one of the Dual Admission Program majors, all first-year and transfer students must be admitted both to the Meadows School of the Arts via audition or portfolio review, as well as to the University via the undergraduate application for admission.  Admission to Meadows through the audition or portfolio process does not guarantee admission to the University. Information regarding audition and portfolio requirements and deadlines may be obtained at www.smu.edu/admission/arts or by contacting the Office of Recruitment, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX 75275-0356; phone 214-768-3217.  The audition and/or portfolio review is both an admission review and a review for artistic scholarships.

Transfer students entering degree programs within the Division of Theatre may do so only in the fall term. Transfer students in the Division of Dance, Division of Music, Division of Art, and Division of Film & Media Arts normally enter in the fall term; spring admission may be offered in exceptional cases.  Entry in the fall is encouraged as course sequencing for transfer students beginning in the spring could delay graduation.

Reserving a Place

All admitted students are required to submit a nonrefundable $685 deposit and orientation fee. Admitted students who did not apply under a binding decision plan must submit this deposit by the May 1 deadline to reserve a place in the class. Students admitted under a binding decision plan will be notified of their deposit deadline when they are admitted. This deposit includes the nonrefundable housing deposit as well as the matriculation and orientation fees. All first-year and second year students must live on campus unless permission is granted to live at home by the dean of Residence Life and Student Housing. To facilitate advising and enrollment, students are required to submit their final high school transcript confirming graduation prior to enrolling.

Credit by Examination

Examinations Administered in High School

SMU grants credit and placement for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement examinations taken in high school (see table below). Credit will be awarded only for exams taken while in high school. Students may not receive credit for an AP exam, an International Baccalaureate exam and a college course covering the same subject matter; i.e., the course equivalency will only be awarded once. Credit by examination granted at SMU is considered resident credit.

An official copy of test results must be sent from the testing agency to the University Registrar’s Office for credit. To facilitate advising and enrollment, students should submit their official scores no later than the first day of class.

AP Examination Scores Credits Course(s) Credited
American History 4, 5 6 hrs HIST 2311 , HIST 2312  
Art 4, 5 3 hrs ASDR 1300 /ASPH 1300 /ASPT 1300  (student’s choice)
Art History 4, 5 6 hrs ARHS 1300 , ARHS 1302  
Biology 4, 5 8 hrs BIOL 1301 / BIOL 1101 , BIOL 1302 /BIOL 1102  
Chemistry 4, 5 4 hrs CHEM 1303 /CHEM 1113  
Computer Science A, AB 4, 5 3 hrs CSE 1341  
Economics:
     Macro 4, 5 3 hrs ECO 1312  
     Micro 4, 5 3 hrs ECO 1311 /PREX 4002
English Language/C or Litature/C 4, 5 6 hrs DISC 1311 , DISC 1312  
Environmental Science 4, 5 3 hrs GEOL 1315  
European History 4, 5 6 hrs HIST 2365 , HIST 2366  
Government:
     American 4, 5 3 hrs PLSC 1320  
     Comparative 4, 5 3 hrs PLSC 1340  
Human Geography 4, 5 3 hrs HUM 10XX (3 hours)
Languages (Language or Literature):
     Chinese Language/Culture 4, 5 8 hrs CHIN 1401 , CHIN 1402  
     French 4, 5 8 hrs FREN 1401 , FREN 1402  
     German 4, 5 8 hrs GERM 1401 , GERM 1402  
     Italian 4, 5 8 hrs ITAL 1401 , ITAL 1402  
     Japanese Language/Culture 4, 5 8 hrs JAPN 1401 , JAPN 1402  
     Latin 4, 5 8 hrs LATN 1401 , LATN 1402  
     Spanish 4, 5 8 hrs SPAN 1401 , SPAN 1402  
Mathematics:
     Calculus AB 4, 5 3 hrs MATH 1337  
     Calculus BC 3 if AB sub-score of 4 3 hrs MATH 1337  
     Calculus BC 4, 5 6 hrs MATH 1337 , MATH 1338  
Music Theory 4, 5 6 hrs FETC 10XX (6 hours)
Physics:
     Physics 1 4, 5 3 hrs SCI 10XX (3 hours)
     Physics 2 4, 5 3 hrs SCI 10YY (3 hours)
     Physics C (Mech) 4, 5 3 hrs PHYS 1303  
     Physics C (E&M) 4, 5 3 hrs PHYS 1304  
Psychology 4, 5 3 hrs PSYC 1300  
Statistics 4, 5 3 hrs STAT 2331  
World History 4, 5 3 hrs HUM 10YY (3 hours)

 Notes

  • AP credit in the sciences may be used to satisfy the Science and Engineering breadth requirement of the University Curriculum. The UC’s Natural and Applied Science depth requirement must be satisfied through coursework at SMU or through transfer credit of a science course with lab from an accredited college or university.
  • Physics does not award placement credit for labs.
  • Duplicate credit is not allowed toward an SMU degree. Students who enroll in classes that duplicate Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other test credit awards will lose these credits after the fifth day of the term. Once credit is revoked, it may not be awarded again. Students must report any credit by exam no later than the end of their first term of enrollment.

College-Level Examination Program

SMU gives credit for CLEP subject examinations based on the specified minimum scores below:

CLEP Exam Score (out of 80) Credits Course(s) Credited
American Literature 60 3 hrs ENGL 20XX
English Literature 60 3 hrs ENGL 20YY
Macro Economics 60 3 hrs ECO 1312  
Micro Economics 60 3 hrs ECO 1311 /PREX 4002

 SMU Departmental Examinations

SMU also awards credit for departmental examinations offered in a variety of disciplines. Such SMU credit may not transfer automatically to other universities. Credit for examinations awarded by other institutions will not transfer to SMU.

World Languages. All students whose native language is English are required to take a language placement examination. Scores on these examinations determine the world language competency of entering students so that they may be placed in classes appropriate to their level of achievement and degree program. Students may not enroll in a course below the level of their placement. When the student has successfully completed the course with a grade of C or above, the student will retroactively earn up to 16 credit hours of University credit for the preceding courses in the beginning and intermediate levels of the language sequence. Students must enroll in the world language courses for a letter grade (not pass/fail) for the course to serve as a basis for granting retroactive credit. Language courses taken at other institutions cannot be used as a basis for granting retroactive credit. Although students may earn retroactive credit in more than one language, the maximum aggregate credit involving more than one language allowed to count toward graduation is 16 credit hours.

Physics. The Physics Department offers placement exams for PHYS 1303  and PHYS 1304 . The placement exam, which must be taken in the first term that the student enrolls at SMU, is based on the final exam in the PHYS 1303  and PHYS 1304  courses. The department does not allow test credit for labs (e.g., PHYS 1105 , PHYS 1106 , PHYS 4211 ). The essential element of the lab is the hands-on experience; therefore, substitutes will not be accepted.

Mathematics. Math credit exams are offered for the courses listed below and must be taken prior to initial enrollment. Calculators are not permitted on these exams, except for MATH 1307 . Students interested in credit exams for courses beyond this level may contact the Mathematics Department.

Computer Science. The Computer Science and Engineering Department offers a credit exam for CSE 1341 - Principles of Computer Science  that must be taken prior to initial enrollment.

Credit for Veterans

Students who are veterans and who have completed recruit training in the military may receive two hours of credit to satisfy the Personal Responsibility and Wellness component of the University Curriculum. The course credits awarded are as follows:

PRW 1199 (1). PRW I: Concepts of Wellness for Veterans. For military veterans who through their military service have met the student learning outcomes and requirements for PRW I.

PRW 2199 (1). PRW 2: Physical Fitness for Veterans. For military veterans who through their military service have met the student learning outcomes and requirements for PRW II.

International Certificate Programs

SMU grants credit for the successful completion of the international certificate programs listed below. In certain cases, departmental examinations may be required as a part of the evaluation process.

  1. The International Baccalaureate. Six to eight credits will be awarded for scores of 5, 6 or 7 on International Baccalaureate higher-level exams in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits. Students will not be awarded credit for standard-level exams.
IB HL Examination Scores Credits Course(s) Credited
Biology 5, 6, 7 8 hrs BIOL 1301 / BIOL 1101 , BIOL 1302 /BIOL 1102  
Chemistry 5, 6, 7 4 hrs CHEM 1303 /CHEM 1113  
Economics 5, 6, 7 6 hrs ECO 1311 , ECO 1312 /PREX 4002
Geography 5, 6, 7 6 hrs HUMA 10XX, 10YY
History:
     Africa 5, 6, 7 6 hrs HIST 10XX, 10YY
     Americas 5, 6, 7 6 hrs HIST 10XX, 10YY
     Asia and Oceania 5, 6, 7 6 hrs HIST 10XX, 10YY
     Europe, Islamic World 5, 6, 7 6 hrs HIST 2365  HIST 2366  
     Europe, Middle East 5, 6, 7 6 hrs HIST 10XX, 10YY
Language A:
     English A Literature 5, 6, 7 6 hrs DISC 1311 , DISC 1312  
     All other languages 5, 6, 7 8 hrs 1401, 1402
Language B 5, 6, 7 8 hrs 1401, 1402
     English B 5, 6, 7 6 hrs LANG 10XX, 10YY
Mathematics 5, 6, 7 6 hrs MATH 1337 , STAT 2331  
Music:
     History 5, 6, 7 3 hrs MUHI 10XX
     Theory 5, 6, 7 3 hrs MUTH 10XX
Physics 5, 6, 7 6 hrs PHYS 1303 , PHYS 1304  
Psychology 5, 6, 7 6 hrs PSYC 1300 , 10XX
  1. The General Certificate of Education A-Level (United Kingdom). Six to eight credits will be awarded for grades of A and B on A-level exams in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits. Credits will not be awarded for a grade of C, or for O-level and AS-level exams. Credit awards for the Art and Design A, High Level exam are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by SMU’s Art Division.
  2. The Baccalaureate (France). Six to eight credits will be awarded for scores of 11 or above, with a maximum award of 32 credits.
  3. The Abitur (Germany). Six to eight credits will be awarded for scores of 7 or above on each of the written exams in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits. Credits will not be awarded for oral exams.
  4. The Italian Maturita (Italy). For the Maturita Tecnica, Classica, Scientifica and/or Linguistica, credits will be awarded for scores of 6 or above in transferable subjects, with a maximum award of 32 credits.

Notes

  • The Language A exam is typically taken in the native language of the student.
  • Language B is a second, third or fourth language studied by the student.
  • For “all other languages” under Language A and for Language B, the course prefix will match the world language completed.
  • IB credit in the sciences may be used to satisfy the Science and Engineering breadth requirement of the University Curriculum. The UC’s Natural and Applied Science depth requirement must be satisfied through coursework at SMU or through transfer credit of a science course with lab from an accredited college or university.
  • Physics does not award IB credit for labs.
  • Students enrolled in courses at SMU for which IB credit has previously been awarded will have the IB credit rescinded, and the grade in the course will count toward the student’s SMU GPA. Students are responsible for knowing and reporting their IB scores to SMU to prevent duplicate enrollment.

Concurrent Dual Credit/College Programs

Students may receive credit for college courses taken prior to graduation from high school if the courses meet the criteria for transfer work outlined in the Transfer Admission Criteria section of this catalog. Official college transcripts are required for all college-level work attempted, regardless of transferability.

Transfer Admission Criteria

Selection of transfer applicants is based on several criteria, including academic curriculum, performance, grade patterns, behavioral and extracurricular activities, as well as other relevant experiences. For all candidates who are not entering SMU directly from high school, the Admission Committee considers the rigor of the courses attempted.  All transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. If algebra l, geometry and algebra II were taken in high school and graduation was fewer than three years ago, this requirement is waived.  We recommend that all transfer applicants should have completed at least one course in English composition, a lab science, a math course beyond college algebra and at least one course pertaining to the applicant’s in­tended major. The committee weighs overall academic performance as well as evidence of recent improvement. For some applicants, high school performance is also a factor. Candidates with fewer than 30 hours are considered on an individual basis and are required to submit additional information, as well as SAT and/or ACT scores and high school records. Although the average GPA of successful transfer applicants is considerably higher, applicants with a GPA below 2.700 (on a 4.000 scale) are not typically successful in gaining admission. Candidates with a transferable GPA below 2.000 are not competitive for admission to the University.

Competitive applicants for admission will have completed the equivalent of one of the following math courses:

Students with more than 30 transferable hours may be admitted directly to the school of their intended major if the admission requirement of that school has been met. The specific requirements for admission into each of SMU’s undergraduate schools are outlined in the admission section of that school’s information in this catalog.

All transfer students who intend to major in dance, music or theatre must also audition. Art majors require the submission of a portfolio for consideration. Requirements and contact information are available in the First-Year Admission Criteria section under the heading Performing Arts Auditions/Visual Arts Consideration.

Prospective transfer students must complete an Undergraduate Application for Transfer Admission and submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. An official academic transcript that includes the last completed term from each college or university attended must be sent to SMU Undergraduate Admission, PO Box 750181, Dallas TX 75275-0181. In addition, applicants must submit a Statement of Good Disciplinary Standing from their current college or university.

A final high school transcript or GED high school equivalency test results should be sent to the address above to confirm high school diploma as well as world language and math background. A high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores, are required when less than 30 transferable hours have been earned. SAT or ACT exam results will not be required of students for whom five or more years have lapsed since high school or high school equivalent.

Transfer Credit

Regardless of the number of transferable credit hours completed elsewhere, University policy requires that of the 122 minimum credit hours required for a degree, at least 60 hours must be SMU credit hours. That is, they must be earned in SMU courses, SMU credits or SMU-approved international programs.

No transfer credit is given for any correspondence course or work completed at a school that is not accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. Only grades of C- or better in comparable courses are transferable to SMU for accepted students. Vocational-technical courses, courses below college level, credit by examination earned at another college or university, and PE activity courses in excess of two hours do not transfer. For courses not taught at SMU locations or in SMU-approved international programs, free-elective transfer credit may be awarded for appropriate courses completed with a grade of C- or better at regionally accredited colleges or universities that meet SMU’s academic standards.

All attempted hours and earned grade points are used to calculate the transferable GPA for transferable courses, even if those courses have been repeated or are not transferable. For repeated courses with grades of C- or above, only the first attempt completed with a grade of C- or better is awarded credit. Transfer course grades are not calculated in major/minor GPAs. A grade of W (Withdrawn) is not used to calculate the transferable GPA. A grade of I (Incomplete) is calculated as F. A grade of IP (In Progress) for a current term is not calculated.

Note: For some majors requiring a subset of courses and specific GPAs for entry, the subset GPA is calculated using the first graded attempt of these courses, even if the first attempt of the course was failed or later repeated.

Official college transcripts are required for all college-level work attempted, regardless of transferability. Transcripts must be sent directly to SMU from the institution attended. A transcript issued to a student is acceptable provided it is received in a sealed, letterhead envelope with the institution’s Office of the Registrar stamp. Transcripts must be dated fewer than three years prior to processing. Coursework from one institution that appears on an official transcript from another institution will not be accepted for transfer credit. An official transcript must be issued by each institution attended. Photocopies of transcripts provided by other institutions are not acceptable.

An online version of the transfer credit evaluation is available to transfer students prior to their enrollment.

International Transcript Credit

All international university transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation and an official transcript, including an English translation if it is not in English, and course descriptions or syllabi. It is the student’s responsibility to procure this evaluation and to assume financial responsibility for it. An exception to this requirement is an exchange agreement between SMU and an international institution that is modeled after the U.S. education system. Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey is the only institution with which SMU currently has such an agreement.

Because of the importance of this information, SMU accepts evaluations only from the following agencies of proven reliability:

International Academic Credential Evaluators Inc.
PO Box 2585
Denton TX 76202-2585
Telephone: 940-383-7498
www.iacei.net

World Education Services Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York NY 10113-0745
Telephone: 212-966-6311
Toll-free: 1-800-937-3895
Email: infor@wes.org
www.wes.org

Josef Silny & Associates Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami FL 33173
Telephone: 305-273-1616
Fax: 305-273-1338
Email: info@jsilny.com
www.jsilny.com

The evaluations provided by the above agencies should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the student’s home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system and course levels, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.

The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers and state licensing boards. However, the report is not binding to SMU and it will be considered a recommendation for SMU’s independent decision of the credit to be given. Information and applications from the agencies are available online. For more information, students should contact the Office of Admission.

Application Timetable for Transfer Students

Summer term entry: All data due no later than March 15.

Fall term entry/scholarship consideration: All data due no later than April 1.

Fall term entry: All data due no later than June 1.

Space-available applicants: All data due no later than August 1.

Spring term entry: All data due no later than November 1.

Note: The deadline for priority scholarship consideration is April 1 for fall entry and November 1 for spring entry.

It is not recommended that an application be submitted on or near the deadline. Earlier application is strongly recommended, particularly for those students applying for financial aid or University housing.

Application processing begins in early February (for the summer and fall terms) and in early October (for the spring term) upon receipt of pertinent data, including each official transcript through the last completed term.

Reserving a Place

All degree-seeking admitted transfer students wishing to enroll at SMU are required to submit a $420 transfer orientation and matriculation deposit to reserve a place in the academic program. This $420 deposit should be sent to the Office of Admission. Space can be guaranteed only to those students who have submitted the deposit by the deadline noted in the acceptance packet. Note: This $420 deposit is nonrefundable. Students seeking financial aid should wait until they receive their financial aid award before submitting a deposit.

Note that admitted transfer students cannot enroll at SMU until their final transcript has been received and evaluated for transferability and a Good Standing Form has been received from their last institution. For this reason, transfer students entering for the fall term are discouraged from attending the second summer term at their current institution before matriculation to SMU.

Housing Deposit

Housing accommodations are offered on a space-available basis for new transfer students who are 20 or older. Transfer students who are 17-19 years old live on campus unless permission is granted to live at home by the dean of Residence Life and Student Housing. Housing links will be sent to interested transfer students once the student has been accepted and has sent a nonrefundable deposit of $520, which includes an additional $100 housing deposit, to the Office of Admission.

International Student Admission

International citizens and U.S. passport holders studying outside the United States who apply to SMU as first-year and transfer undergraduate students are expected to meet all requirements for admission.

For admission consideration, students for whom English is not the native language and whose entire high school curriculum was not in an English-medium school are required to submit a test score from an internationally recognized English language test as explained in the Required Testing section of this catalog.

Students who are otherwise admissible but whose English proficiency scores are slightly below those mentioned above may be offered conditional admission pending successful completion of SMU’s Intensive English Program prior to matriculation. Transfer students from U.S. institutions without an internationally recognized English language test score will be evaluated on the basis of college-level grades in English composition/rhetoric courses.  All students whose English composition courses were completed at a university outside the United States are required to complete an SMU English language placement exam for appropriate course-placement.

International transfer students who have completed college-level work at a university outside the United States are required to submit the following (in English or with an English translation):

  • An official transcript.
  • Course descriptions.
  • Professional evaluation. (More information is found in the International Tran-script Credit section of this catalog.)

The expenses to be incurred in attending the University are listed in the Financial Information section of this catalog. Additional costs that international students may expect include room and board during school holidays, travel expenses, international student health insurance, and the international student fee (foreign passport holders only). Need-based financial aid is not available for international students; however, first-year international students will be considered for academic scholarships if their application is complete by the January 15 deadline. Some academic scholarships require an SAT or ACT for consideration. Transfer international applicants will be considered for all transfer scholarships for which they are eligible, provided the appropriate application deadline has been met.

When an international student has been admitted, paid the appropriate enrollment deposit and provided adequate proof of sufficient financial funds, the International Student and Scholar Services Office will issue the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. The student will be required to produce the I-20, acceptance letter and proof of finances when applying at the U.S. embassy or consulate for a student visa.

All international students taking one or more credit hours must enroll in the University-offered health insurance plan unless they have a special waiver granted by SMU’s Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

Admission for Military Veteran

SMU welcomes applications from military veterans. Student veterans meet under-graduate admission criteria of the University as first year or transfer students. Veterans are considered for first-year admission if they graduated from high school within the last three years and have not completed any college coursework. Student veterans seeking to be competitive in the transfer admission process should have 24 or more term credit hours at a previous accredited college or university and a recommended 2.700 cumulative GPA (on a 4.000 scale). Additional information is available online at www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Veterans and www.smu.edu/apply (“First Year Students” or “Transfer Students” links).

Nondegree Students

Nondegree students are those who enroll in University courses for credit, but who do not intend to pursue an SMU degree. This category of students is normally limited to those who 1) are degree-seeking students in good standing and visiting from another four-year college or university, 2) have already earned a degree, or 3) are participants in special SMU initiatives such as concurrent or summer enrollment opportunities for college and high school students.  Nondegree students are admitted through the Division of Enrollment Services based on their likelihood to be successful in and benefit from SMU coursework as evidenced from their academic, behavioral and extracurricular history.  They are eligible to register – on a space available basis – in classes for which they have satisfied SMU’s prerequisites. Admission as a nondegree-seeking student does not qualify a student for admission to a degree program at SMU. Applications for nondegree-seeking students are found at www.smu.edu/nondegree (“Prospective Students” tab) or may be obtained from the Division of Enrollment Services, Blanton Student Services Building, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750181, Dallas TX 75275-0181; phone 214-768-4272.

 

Readmission of Students

If a student in good standing withdraws from SMU for one term, the student’s file remains active and the student is able to register as though in continuous enrollment at the University (re-entry). Students who left on probation will return on probation. All holds must be cleared prior to enrollment. Re-entry students are responsible for meeting all financial aid, housing and advising deadlines.

After nonattendance for two or more regular (fall, spring) terms, students who formerly attended SMU, including those who have completed a degree, are required to submit an application for reinstatement or reactivation through the Division of Enrollment Services, Undergraduate Admission. The application is available at www.smu.edu/admission (“Apply” tab). Any student who has been suspended is also required to apply for reinstatement. Students who have been suspended are required to attach to their reinstatement application a statement indicating the reasons why they now are prepared to return to SMU. Although the Division of Enrollment Services facilitates the application process, an academic dean or the Committee on Academic Appeals determines reinstatement.

A student who has already earned an undergraduate degree at SMU and is seeking an additional undergraduate degree must apply for reactivation if the student has not attended SMU for two or more regular (fall, spring) terms.

Returning students are strongly advised to apply for reactivation or reinstatement at least 60 days prior to the start of the term of re-entry. Returning students should note that separate applications exist for financial aid and residence halls and that they should contact these offices as early as possible. The deadline for filing this application and supporting materials for domestic students is five business days prior to the first day of classes of the term of re-entry. International applicants must apply at least two weeks prior to the term of re-entry; however, they are encouraged to apply at least 90 days in advance in order to facilitate the immigration process. In addition, the availability of academic advising and courses may be limited immediately prior to and at the beginning of the term.

All students who return to SMU after any period of nonenrollment must forward official transcripts from each college or university attended since last enrolled at SMU. If the last term of enrollment at SMU was prior to fall 2000, official transcripts from each college or university attended prior to SMU also must be forwarded to the Division of Enrollment Services.

Students should be aware of specific policies regarding transfer courses taken after matriculation to SMU (see Transfer Courses From Other Institutions in the Academic Records and General and Enrollment Standards section of this catalog). In addition, each college within SMU has specific policies regarding reinstatement, reactivation, transfer credit and statute of limitations, so students should refer to their school’s section of this catalog for that information.

Academic Forgiveness

SMU’s academic forgiveness policy permits a student to have academic work taken 10 or more years prior to the term of admission or readmission forgiven. Forgiven hours will not be included in the GPA nor used for actions such as the determination of admission, academic probation, suspension, honors, scholarships and graduation. Students should see the Academic Records and General and Enrollment Standards section in this catalog for details of this policy. The academic forgiveness application is available through the Division of Enrollment Services.

Final Matriculation to the University

In addition to the nonrefundable deposit (and housing application and deposit for those seeking on-campus housing), the following items are required for final matriculation to the University:

Immunizations. All students (undergraduate, graduate, part-time and full-time, to include international and IEP/ESL students) are required to have an SMU medical history form on file in the SMU Memorial Health Center before registration. To comply with SMU policy, all students must also submit to the health center their immunization records that provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella. These MMR immunizations must be documented by a physician, public health record, military health record or school health record. Students will not be allowed to register without immunization compliance. Texas state law requires that all new students under the age of 22 must provide documentation demonstrating they have been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. The documentation must show evidence that a meningitis vaccine or booster was given during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class of the student’s first term. Students should provide the documentation at least 10 days before the first day of class. Students seeking exemption from this requirement due to health risk or conscience, including religious belief, should see the second page of the SMU medical history health form.

Students are encouraged to check their my.SMU account for immunization status. Immunizations are available at the health center. Health history forms are available on the health center’s website.

Health Insurance. To ensure that students have appropriate health care coverage, SMU requires all domestic students taking nine or more credit hours, both undergraduate and graduate, to have health insurance through either an individual/family plan or the University-offered plan. All international students taking one or more credit hours must enroll in the University-offered plan unless they have a special waiver granted by the SMU’s Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

International Student Compliance.  Students who have been issued an SMU I20 or DS2019 immigration document student visa (F/J visa) must complete the International Student Compliance online tutorial and must attend a required government check-in process with the International Student and Scholar Services Office prior to enrolling for classes.