Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

a/o 1/8/19

Counselor Resources ยป
Greetings from SMU, 

The Mustangs are charging into 2019, and we have several upcoming events for both high school students and counselors that we want to share with you.

Many SMU students have already signed up to make a difference over spring break this March with Alternative Breaks. They will be re-building homes affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, teaching at a community school in Taos, and building sustainable solutions by cleaning up the gulf coast in Biloxi!

The New Year also ushers in opportunities for high school students to get a closer look at life on our campus, from Daily Visits to a special preview day known as SpringFest. This event will take place on Monday, February 18 andSaturday, April 6 (registration is open now) and includes on-campus meals and tours for high school freshman, sophomore and junior students and their families.

In partnership with other North Texas colleges, we'll be hosting the popular counselor fly-in program, Magic in the Metroplex. This program gives high school and independent college counselors an inside look at four colleges, including Southern Methodist University. Please note that this tour requires an application and is full for Spring 2019. To learn more about the 2020 tour, just fill out the inquiry form

As a reminder, January 15 is our admission deadline for Regular Decision and Early Decision II, as well as the priority-consideration deadline for merit-based scholarships. We invite you to access our counselor resources, including a "5 Tips" series for guiding students through their college search, at any time. If you run into questions along the way, please don't hesitate to contact my team.

With every good wish,

Elena D. Hicks
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
Executive Director of Enrollment Services

a/o 12/7/18

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What's New at SMU
Among the best in the nation
SMU places in the top 20% of "best national universities"and ranks No. 1 in North Texas and third-highest in the Lone Star State in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges.
Class of 2022
SMU welcomes the Class of 2022
From Move-in Day at SMU's Residential Commons to Discover Dallas tours, the traditional class photo on the main quad (here's a behind-the-scenes look) and the 104th Opening Convocation (watch Dean Elena Hicks introduce the Class of 2022), incoming students are given a warm welcome on the Hilltop. Mustangs across campus are gearing up for a big year ahead!
Marissa Lopez
Big on internships
Last summer, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Visakh Madathil '21 was a data science/software engineering intern at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington, D.C. He learned that it's "important to understand the human side and the technology side so you can build innovative technologies that can help people."

SMU alumna Marissa Lopez '16 (left) interned at both large and small agencies as well as at Southwest Airlines before landing an internship at BBDO, NY, which she parlayed into a full-time position as junior art director.
Roxana Farokhnia
Big on research
Roxana Farokhnia '20, who describes herself as "a Mustang who wants to save lives," is back in the lab this fall to continue her work on chemotherapeutics to help cancer patients.
Greg Guggenmos
Big on community
Greg Guggenmos '19 created a community bail fund to keep disadvantaged people accused of minor crimes from languishing in jail. Financial awards from SMU's Engaged Learning and Big iDeas programs covered field research and startup costs.
Neha Husein
Big on innovation
Neha Husein '19 turned a car crash with a texting driver into inspiration for Just Drive, an app that rewards drivers for staying off their phones while driving. With support from SMU's Engaged Learning program, she was able to bring her big idea to life and earn an invitation to the SXSW Launch Institute. The senior marketing and human rights major will continue to build incentive partnerships for the app this fall.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
Big on creative disruption
SMU alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd '11 is the $1 billion queen bee of dating apps, according to Forbes. As founder and CEO of Bumble, a social connection app that empowers women to make the first move, the international studies major has grown her female-centric business to more than 35 million users in 160 countries in just four years, with plans to launch in India by year-end.
Big on discovery
Louis Jacobs, SMU professor emeritus of earth sciencesand one of the world's foremost authorities on prehistoric creatures, is the collaborating curator for "Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola's Ancient Seas," an exhibition opening this fall at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
Road to college: our top 20 tips
Our admission team covers four important topics, with five tips each, for your students. Don’t miss these valuable resources at
Industry-driven areas of study at SMU

Academic disciplines in tune with industry trends help launch successful careers. Recently introduced disciplines at SMU include energy management, entrepreneurship, management information applications, computer science with video game development specialization and electrical engineering with leadership specialization. Explore even more areas of study

Application and financial aid deadlines

According to Forbes' 2018 Best Value Colleges ranking, SMU is part of an elite group of only 300 schools nationwide that are worth the investment, based on net price, net debt, school quality, alumni earnings, timely graduation and population of Pell Grant recipients.

Electronic submission or postmark deadline
November 1 Early Decision I, Early Action and priority scholarship and financial aid consideration
January 15 Early Decision II, Regular Decision and priority scholarship and financial aid consideration

All applicants considered for academic scholarships.
U.S. and dual citizens and permanent residents considered for need-based financial aid:
We invite your students to the Hilltop

We encourage your students to come and explore SMU to get the inside story on everything from admission to financial aid, and take a tour of the campus. For more information, call 1-800-323-0672 or 214-768-0496 or email us.

Daily Visits
Selected Mondays — Fridays
Daily visits include an information session and a campus tour. Your students can also explore one of our undergraduate schools in greater depth. Learn more.

We would love to meet you

The same dates and times apply for counselor visits, too. We also can set up something special to accommodate your schedule and would love to show you around. Plan your visit today.

Give us a call at 214-768-2058 or 1-800-323-0672, or email us at Let's talk!

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 a/o 11/29/18

Our students recently enjoyed our annual Celebration of Lights, and are now finishing up exams and getting ready for the holiday break ahead.  

I understand that it's a busy time of year for your students as they prepare their admission essays and begin to hone in on college majors that may be of interest to them. On our website, you'll find handouts you can share with them containing helpful tips and information specific to Southern Methodist University.

As a quick reminder, January 15 is our application deadline for Regular Decision (non-binding) and Early Decision II (binding), and as you well know, that date will be here before we can blink! Please point interested students toward this handy application checklist for other important dates and details.  

As always, I encourage you to reference SMU's counselor resources. Please contact us with any questions, and let my team know if there is any other support we can offer.

With every good wish,

Elena D. Hicks
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
Executive Director of Enrollment Services

a/o 10/16/18

 See flyer below for information on the Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program.  The Hunt Leadership Scholarship is one of the most generous and prestigious leadership scholarships in the country, and it allows students to combine learning and leadership in a unique way at SMU.  They are looking for 20-25 students each year who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in high school, and who will passionately pursue leadership as Mustangs.  Hunt Scholars take a leadership development course together during their first semester on campus, study abroad together, enjoy wide access to the Tate Lecture Series, engage with campus, community, and world leaders, and create a lifelong network of leaders by working alongside one another.

Students selected as Hunt Leadership Scholars for the Class of 2023 will receive an annual Hunt Scholarship of $42,000 or a total of $168,000 over four years.  The Hunt Scholarship may be stacked up to tuition and fees with need-based aid, outside scholarships, and many of SMU’s departmental scholarship, but it will replace and supersede any centrally administered merit aid.  Additionally, the Hunt Scholarship covers full tuition and airfare for a leadership-based study abroad program during May term following the scholars’ sophomore year.


If you are planning a trip to Dallas, Texas for College Board Forum 2018, SMU would like to invite you to visit our beautiful tree-lined campus in the heart of the city.

About SMU:
At SMU, your students will benefit from a wide range of academic programs, internship opportunities, career services, and an economically dynamic city with a vibrant arts scene. Our rigorous academic enterprise of more than 100 majors and 85 minors includes notable programs in the humanities and sciences, business, engineering, visual and performing arts, communication, and education. Our students motivate one another to do their best to make a meaningful difference in our community, providing more than 200,000 hours of public service in the area. We enjoy a wide variety of cultural activities on campus and resources such as the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Tate Lecture Series, which bring world leaders and innovators to campus.

We’re interested in the visionaries, the dreamers, the creators – ambitious minds that will take advantage of SMU's emphasis on Engaged Learning, through programs like BigiDeas and creative spaces like the Deason Innovation Gym, and more. We’re know your students want to do amazing and revolutionary things, and our goal is to help them expand their knowledge, explore new ideas and engage in the creation of solutions that will shape their future.

Interested in learning more?
We will be offering special counselor visits before and after the College Board Forum on Monday, October 22 andWednesday, October 24. On both dates, we will be providing transportation to and from the conference venue. The programming for both visit options vary slightly so make sure to read the descriptions on each of the registration pages to ensure you select the one that best fits your schedule and interests. To register, please select your preferred date below:

If these two options do not work with your schedule, but you would still like to tour SMU, please contact 
the Office of Undergraduate Admission

What to expect:
During your visit, you will have the opportunity to experience a guided walking tour of campus, led by a student ambassador, meet SMU admission staff and current students, and learn more about the advantages of living and learning in the vibrant city of Dallas. You’ll gain insights on admission, financial aid, scholarships, academic programs, and campus life at SMU. 

We can’t wait to show you around!
SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission

P.O. Box 750181
Dallas, Texas 75205

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