Southern Methodist University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$46,594
4.25% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$36,458
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
2.77%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
48.8%
13,128 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
11,789
76.8% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
80.5%
1,113 Graduates

About

Southern Methodist University is a higher education institution located in Dallas County, TX. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Southern Methodist University were General Economics (193 degrees awarded), General Finance (185 degrees), and Accounting (105 degrees).

In 2017, 4,262 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southern Methodist University. 48.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,435 degrees), 5.56 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (438 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Methodist University is $46,594, which is $20,094 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Methodist University is $46,594, which is $20,094 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $36,458.

In 2017, 68% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 24% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$46,594
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Southern Methodist University was $46,594. The cost of tuition at Southern Methodist University is $20,094 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$36,458
2017 Value
2.78%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Southern Methodist University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $36,458. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Southern Methodist University grew by 2.78%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,413
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Methodist University was of $12,413 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 3.12% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

68%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
24%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

68% of undergraduate students at Southern Methodist University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.49% with respect to 2016, when 67% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.77%
2016 Default Rate
43
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Southern Methodist University was 2.77%, which represents 43 out of the 1552 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Southern Methodist University received 13,128 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 0.921% annual decline. Out of those 13,128 applicants, 6,402 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 48.8% acceptance rate.

There were 11,789 students enrolled at Southern Methodist University in 2017, and 36% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Southern Methodist University has an overall enrollment yield of 22.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

48.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
6,402
Accepted Out of 13,128

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Southern Methodist University was 48.8% (6,402 admissions from 13,128 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 48.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -0.921%, while admissions declined by -1.23%.

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SAT Scores

36%
Submission Percentage
512
Scores Submitted

36% of enrolled first-time students at Southern Methodist University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Southern Methodist University has a total enrollment of 11,789 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Methodist University is 9,053 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,736. This means that 76.8% of students enrolled at Southern Methodist University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southern Methodist University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.5% White, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 6.4% Asian, 5.86% Black or African American, 3.07% Two or More Races, 0.246% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0933% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Southern Methodist University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (32.7%), followed by White Female (31.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.98%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (24.8%), followed by White Female (21.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (4.12%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southern Methodist University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,789 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Methodist University is 9,053 and the part-time enrollment is 2,736. This means that 76.8% of students enrolled at Southern Methodist University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Southern Methodist University was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Southern Methodist University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,774
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,295
  3. Asian
    755

The enrolled student population at Southern Methodist University is 57.5% White, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 6.4% Asian, 5.86% Black or African American, 3.07% Two or More Races, 0.246% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0933% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 87 students (0.738%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 166 fewer women than men received degrees from Southern Methodist University. The majority of degree recipients at Southern Methodist University are white (2,435 degrees awarded). There were 5.56 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (438 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Southern Methodist University is General Economics (193 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (185 degrees) and Accounting (105 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Southern Methodist University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (88 degrees awarded), Legal (296 degrees), and Math & Statistics (130 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Software developers (385,385 people), Other managers (329,771 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (303,520 people), Civil engineers (229,461 people), and Mechanical engineers (173,546 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Communication Technologies (88 degrees awarded), Legal (296 degrees), Math & Statistics (130 degrees), Theology (89 degrees), and Engineering (439 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Communication Technologies (88 degrees awarded), Legal (296 degrees), Math & Statistics (130 degrees), Theology (89 degrees), and Engineering (439 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Computer Systems Design (441,499 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (390,178 people), Construction (252,997 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (233,651 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (179,686 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Communication Technologies (88 degrees awarded), Legal (296 degrees), Math & Statistics (130 degrees), Theology (89 degrees), and Engineering (439 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Southern Methodist University.
Most Common
  1. 193 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 185 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 105 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Southern Methodist University was General Economics with 193 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 2,214
  2. 2,048

In 2017, 2,214 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Methodist University, which is 1.08 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,048).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 265 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Methodist University in General Finance, which is 2.82 times more than the 94 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 144 degrees were awarded to women at Southern Methodist University in Accounting, which is 1.8 times more than the 80 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

67%
100% Completion Time
79%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 67% of students graduating from Southern Methodist University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 79% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 79% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (90%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Southern Methodist University is Female and Asian (90% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.08% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,435 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    438 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    267 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southern Methodist University is white (2,435 degrees awarded). There were 5.56 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (438 degrees).

0.892% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,259 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,176 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    245 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Southern Methodist University is white male (1,259 degrees awarded). There were 1.07 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,176 degrees).

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Operations

Southern Methodist University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.51B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $68.8M (4.57%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Southern Methodist University had a total salary expenditure of $524M. Southern Methodist University employs 219 Professors, 166 Lecturers, and 163 Associate professors. Most academics at Southern Methodist University are Male Professors (174), Male Associate professors(104), and Female Lecturers (97).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Methodist University are: Management, with 639 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 230 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 153 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.51B
2017 Endowment
8.77%
growth from 2016

Southern Methodist University has an endowment valued at about $1.51B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Southern Methodist University grew 8.77% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.22B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $18.6M - Federal
  2. $5.11M - State
  3. $1.23M - Local

As of 2017, Southern Methodist University received $18.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.11M from state grants and contracts, and $1.23M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$239M
2017 Salaries
1.21%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Southern Methodist University paid a median of $239M in salaries, which represents 45.7% of their overall expenditure ($524M) and a 1.21% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.0609% growth from 2015 and a 3.23% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$85.8M
Instructional Salaries
758
Number of Employees

In 2017, Southern Methodist University paid a total of $85.8M to 758 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
219 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
639 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southern Methodist University were Professor with 219 employees; Lecturer with 166 employees; and Lecturer with 163 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Methodist University were Management with 639 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 230 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 153 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southern Methodist University was Male Professor with 174 employees, Male Associate professor with 104 employees, and Female Lecturer with 97 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Southern Methodist University.

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