Prepare to be a Mustang

At SMU, you’ll find a challenging academic community near the heart of Dallas. This is a place where you will meet faculty and friends who will help you achieve your dreams. You’ll discover interests, hone your talents and gain new skills both inside and outside the classroom. Here you have access to all of the tools you need to build a future based on learning and leadership for life.

This checklist will help you prepare to be a Mustang.

Freshmen and Sophomores

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Take challenging classes and earn good grades
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Continue earning good grades in tough classes
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Take the ACT or SAT and report your best scores to SMU


Experience the Hilltop yourself
Meet your admission counselor
Continue to excel in challenging courses
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A completed application includes

Application for admission
Personal essay
Official high school transcript
ACT/SAT scores (optional for non-U.S. citizens)
Counselor recommendation
$60 application fee
Teacher recommendation (optional)