Lyle School of Engineering
(2010 Undergraduate Catalog)
For detailed information regarding Southern Methodist University's admission requirements, regulations and procedures, see the University Admission section of this catalog.
Prospective students interested in undergraduate degrees in engineering apply for undergraduate admission to SMU as first-year or transfer students through the Office of Admissions, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750181, Dallas TX 75275-0181.
All first-year applicants admitted to SMU initially enter Dedman College. For students interested in majoring in engineering, a personal interview with the Office of Admission and the Lyle School of Engineering Undergraduate Enrollment Office is highly recommended. The Lyle School of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Student Experience and Enrollment Management can be reached at 214-768-3041.
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 not required.
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:
- Enrollment in an appropriate program of study in high school, as outlined above.
- Rank in the upper third of his or her graduating high school class.
- A minimum SAT composite score of 1150 with at least a 600 math score. Equivalent scores for the ACT exam may also be submitted.
These guidelines should assist students interested in studying engineering at SMU.
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 cumulative GPA. For admission into the civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, management science or mechanical engineering program, a 2.5 or higher GPA is required in the following courses: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 or equivalent, MATH 1337 and MATH 1338, and a minimum of two courses as follows for each Lyle major:
With the exception of courses repeated using the First-Year Repeat Policy, all attempts of subset courses will be used in computing the subset GPA. The subset GPA for students who have Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit is based upon the remaining graded subset courses. Current University grading policy, as summarized under Academic Forgiveness in the Policies and Procedures section of this catalog, permits forgiveness of academic work taken 10 or more years prior to the term of admission. Academic work forgiven under this policy will not be included in the subset GPA.
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 the 60-term-hour SMU credit requirement for a Bachelor's degree, there is a limit on the total amount of credit that may be applied toward a Lyle School of Engineering degree.