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Is SMU a Good School for the Money?

Below Average National Value
Unknown In-State Value
$226,163 Avg Total Cost

Southern Methodist University Value Report

What is a SMU degree worth? College Factual's value analysis compares SMU with other schools of similar quality to see if it's priced fairly.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 5% National Quality
Expensive Price

Southern Methodist University is ranked #2,103 out of 2,223 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe Southern Methodist University is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  2103 out of 2223
Great Value
National Value Score  6.16 out of 100
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

SchoolTotal PriceValue Grade

*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

We're Looking at a Total Cost of $226,163 for a SMU Degree

The SMU time to graduate is about 4.13 years and will cost an estimated $54,761 per year. This brings the total cost to 226,163.

Average Yearly Cost$54,761
Average Years to Graduate4.13
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree$226,163

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Consider the average SMU student takes 4.13 years to complete their degree. If you can complete your degree faster than that you will save money. This is just one way your SMU degree may cost less than average.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$189,059 In-State With Aid
$326,477 Avg Cost No Aid
4.13 Years to Graduate

The net price YOU pay may be very different than the typical net price.

Look at the table below to get a sense of how SMU value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$326,477#0F
All Students$226,163#2,103F
Only Students Receiving Aid$189,059#2,118F
In-State Value by Aid GroupAvg Degree CostValue RankValue Grade
Students with no Aid$326,477#F
All Students$226,163#F
Only Students Receiving Aid$189,059#F

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of Texas.

About 78% of SMU students receive financial aid. Get more details on what SMU financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Finance The Gap

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates value by calculating average SMU cost multiplied by time to graduate, and then compares that number to other schools of a similar quality ranking. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.


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