SMU adds Early Decision option to application process

Dallas Hall at Southern Methodist UniversityBeginning in Fall  2013, SMU will offer an Early Decision option in its application process. Early Decision is a binding application process used by recognized universities nationwide.

The new Early Decision process identifies students who consider the University as their first choice. Prime candidates for Early Decision include applicants who are prepared to make a contractual commitment to attend should the respective university offer them admission.

Early Decision will be available to the University’s Fall 2014 entering class. Students may apply to only one school through an Early Decision plan.

“As SMU rises in academic profile and selectivity, students are eager to demonstrate their commitment to attend,” said Dean of Undergraduate Admission Wes Waggoner. He also indicated that in recent years, a number of students have asked to have an Early Decision option available when applying to the University.

By allowing applicants to indicate a desire for a binding contract with their first choice college early in the application process, SMU can make admission decisions partially based on the high level of interest of the applicants. Early Decision applicants will receive notice that their decision has been released no later than Jan. 1 to allow appropriate time to apply elsewhere if necessary. The Early Decision application deadline is Nov. 1.

SMU will continue to offer an Early Action option, which will remain non-binding. Early Action provides students with a decision early in their senior year without requiring an immediate or binding decision from the applicant. The Early Action application deadline is also Nov. 1.

In addition to the Early Decision deadline of Nov. 1, SMU also will offer students a second-round binding application option known as Early Decision II. This allows students who identify SMU as their first choice later in the process to indicate their commitment to attend the University if offered admission.

While Early Decision is a well-known option for the most selective schools throughout the East and on the West Coast, it is lesser known in Texas. SMU joins Rice University in Houston, TCU in Fort Worth and Trinity University in San Antonio in offering this option to  applicants.

For more information, contact the  Office of Admission at 214-768-2058 or visit

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