Southern Methodist University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$44,694

4.5% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$37,499

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.5%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

48.9%

13,250 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

11,739

76.7% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

78.8%

1,163 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 (188 degrees awarded), General Finance (164 degrees), and Accounting (109 degrees).

In 2016, 3,993 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southern Methodist University. 49.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,338 degrees), 6.03 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (388 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Methodist University is $44,694, which is $18,838 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Methodist University is $44,694, which is $18,838 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $37,499.

In 2016, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 25% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$44,694

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Southern Methodist University was $44,694. The cost of tuition at Southern Methodist University is $18,838 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$37,499

2016 Value

2.45%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Southern Methodist University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $37,499. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Southern Methodist University grew by 2.45%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,038

Room and Board

$800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Methodist University was of $12,038 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 4.02% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

25%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Southern Methodist University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 2.9% with respect to 2015, when 69% 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.

2.5%

2015 Default Rate

39

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Southern Methodist University was 2.5%, which represents 39 out of the 1558 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 13,250 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.99% annual growth. Out of those 13,250 applicants, 6,482 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 48.9% acceptance rate.

There were 11,739 students enrolled at Southern Methodist University in 2016, and 45% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Southern Methodist University has an overall enrollment yield of 23.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

48.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

6,482

Accepted Out of 13,250

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Southern Methodist University was 48.9% (6,482 admissions from 13,250 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 49%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 1.99%, while admissions grew by 1.92%.

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SAT Scores

45%

Submission Percentage

685

Scores Submitted

45% of enrolled first-time students at Southern Methodist University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Southern Methodist University has a total enrollment of 11,739 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Methodist University is 9,009 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,730. This means that 76.7% of students enrolled at Southern Methodist University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southern Methodist University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.3% White, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 6.15% Asian, 6.15% Black or African American, 2.85% Two or More Races, 0.298% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0596% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Southern Methodist University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (32.6%), followed by White Male (32.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.86%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (26%), followed by White Female (20.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southern Methodist University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,739 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Methodist University is 9,009 and the part-time enrollment is 2,730. This means that 76.7% of students enrolled at Southern Methodist University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%

2016 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

    6,840

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,231

  3. Asian

    722

The enrolled student population at Southern Methodist University is 58.3% White, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 6.15% Asian, 6.15% Black or African American, 2.85% Two or More Races, 0.298% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0596% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2016, 7 fewer women than men received degrees from Southern Methodist University. The majority of degree recipients at Southern Methodist University are white (2,338 degrees awarded). There were 6.03 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (388 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Southern Methodist University is General Economics (188 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (164 degrees) and Accounting (109 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 Legal (295 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (65 degrees), and Theology (96 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 Miscellaneous managers (384,640 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (383,223 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (301,764 people), Civil engineers (231,309 people), and Mechanical engineers (152,038 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Legal (295 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (65 degrees), Theology (96 degrees), Math & Statistics (120 degrees), and Engineering (397 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Physicians & surgeons, Economists, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Legal (295 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (65 degrees), Theology (96 degrees), Math & Statistics (120 degrees), and Engineering (397 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 (426,351 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (400,711 people), Construction (244,745 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (221,808 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (186,279 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Methodist University are Legal (295 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (65 degrees), Theology (96 degrees), Math & Statistics (120 degrees), and Engineering (397 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. 188 degrees awarded

  2. 164 degrees awarded

  3. 109 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Southern Methodist University was General Economics with 188 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,000

  2. 1,993

In 2016, 2,000 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Methodist University, which is 1 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,993).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 234 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Methodist University in General Finance, which is 3.34 times more than the 70 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 144 degrees were awarded to women at Southern Methodist University in Accounting, which is 1.67 times more than the 86 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

67%

100% Completion Time

77%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 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, 77% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 78% 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.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Southern Methodist University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,338 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    388 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    234 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southern Methodist University is white (2,338 degrees awarded). There were 6.03 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (388 degrees).

0.952% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,190 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,148 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    222 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Southern Methodist University is white female (1,190 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,148 degrees).

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Operations

Southern Methodist University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.51B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $71.5M (4.75%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Southern Methodist University had a total expenditure of $507M. Of that $507M, they spent $236M on salaries and $507M on benefits.

Southern Methodist University employs 224 Professors, 164 Associate professors, and 161 Lecturers. Most academics at Southern Methodist University are Male Professors (181), Male Associate professors(104), and Female Lecturers (97).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Methodist University are: Management, with 625 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 236 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 139 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.51B

2015 Endowment

5.62%

growth from 2014

Southern Methodist University has an endowment valued at about $1.51B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Southern Methodist University grew 5.62% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.23B 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. $19.9M - Federal

  2. $6.16M - State

  3. $81k - Local

As of 2015, Southern Methodist University received $19.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.16M from state grants and contracts, and $81k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$236M

Salary Expenditure

$507M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Southern Methodist University had a total expenditure of $507M. Of that $507M, they spent $236M on salaries and $507M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Southern Methodist University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$236M

2015 Salaries

3.23%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Southern Methodist University paid a median of $236M in salaries, which represents 46.6% of their overall expenditure ($507M) and a 3.23% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.74% growth from 2013 and a 5.42% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$79.7M

Instructional Salaries

740

Number of Employees

In 2015, Southern Methodist University paid a total of $79.7M to 740 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

224 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

625 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southern Methodist University were Professor with 224 employees; Associate professor with 164 employees; and Associate professor with 161 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Methodist University were Management with 625 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 236 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 139 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southern Methodist University was Male Professor with 181 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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