Southern Methodist University: Narrative Description

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6425 Boaz
Dallas, TX 75275
Tel: (214)768-2000
Free: 800-323-0672
Admissions: (214)768-2058
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1911. Setting: 165-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $927.8 million. Total enrollment: 10,901. Faculty: 888 (575 full-time, 313 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 6,434 applied, 64% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 91% from top half. Full-time: 5,887 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 321 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 66 other countries, 31% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 6% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 5% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $36,088 includes full-time tuition ($23,846), mandatory fees ($3034), and college room and board ($9208). College room only: $5508. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $996 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $127 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 152 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 34% of eligible men and 47% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Program Council, Student Senate, Student Foundation, Residence Hall Association, United Methodist Campus Ministries. Major annual events: homecoming, Sing Song, All-School Block Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,713 college housing spaces available; 2,491 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Central University Library plus 7 others with 2.8 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 10,540 serials, 44,103 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 758 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Dallas.

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