Lyle School of Engineering - Admission
Because of the high standards of the Lyle School of Engineering and the rigorous
character of its curricula, it is essential that the entering student be well prepared
in basic academic subjects in high school.
The usual high-school preparation for entrance into SMU and study in engineering
includes the following courses:
However, a minimum of 15 academic units is required for admission. The courses
listed above, with the exception of foreign languages, are recommended but are
Most recently, students admitted to SMU with the intention of majoring in
engineering were the most competitive applicants. To be successful in SMU engineering
programs, the student should have the following academic strengths:
Equivalent ACT scores may also be submitted.
These guidelines should assist students interested in studying engineering at SMU.
- Enrollment in an appropriate program of study in high school, as outlined
- Rank in the upper third of his or her graduating high school class.
- Have a minimum SAT composite of 1100 with at least a 600 math score.
Admission from Dedman College
and Other Schools Within SMU
After completion of the first year, students are admitted to the Lyle School of
Engineering through an interschool transfer. These transfers are approved by the
appropriate department chair and the Associate Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering.
For admission, a student must have completed 24 credit hours and must
demonstrate the ability to achieve academic success in engineering or applied
science by attaining a 2.0 or higher G.P.A. For admission into the civil engineering,
computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, or mechanical engineering program, a 2.0 or higher G.P.A. is required in the following
five courses: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 or equivalent, MATH 1337, MATH
1338 and PHYS 1303. For admission into either the computer science or management
science program, a 2.0 or higher G.P.A. is required in the following six
courses: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 or equivalent, MATH 1337, MATH 1338, CSE
1340 and CSE 1341. If a course is repeated, both grades will be used in computing
Admission by Transfer from Another Institution
An undergraduate at a junior college, college or university may apply for admission
to the Lyle School of Engineering. Admission will be granted provided the prior
academic records and reasons for transfer are acceptable to the Lyle School of Engineering.
Transfer credit will be awarded in courses that have identifiable counterparts
in curricula of the Lyle School of Engineering, provided they carry grades of C- or
better. Transfer students will be expected to meet requirements equivalent to students
admitted from Dedman College and other schools within SMU.
Transfer credit is awarded only for work completed at institutions that have
regional or comparable accreditation. Because of SMUís 60-term-hour residency
requirement for a Bachelorís degree, there is a limit on the total amount of credit
that may be applied toward a Lyle School of Engineering degree.