AUDITIONS AND OTHER SPECIAL ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
Various divisions in Meadows School of the Arts have special admissions criteria,
such as auditions, portfolio reviews, and specified course work. Admissions
criteria pertinent to each instructional unit are stated in the section
of this publication devoted to that unit.
Prospective students interested in undergraduate degrees in Meadows School
of the Arts apply for undergraduate admission to SMU as first-year students
or transfer students through the SMU Office of Enrollment Services, PO
Box 750296, Dallas TX 75275-0296. The application deadline for first-year
students entering for the fall term is November 1 for early action, January
15 for regular decision and merit scholarships, and November 1 for the
spring term. For transfer students, the application deadline is June 1
for the Fall Term and November 1 for the Spring Term. (See the University
Admission section in the front of this bulletin.)
Admission as an SMU Inter-School Transfer Student
First-year premajor students enter Dedman College and then transfer to
Meadows School of the Arts when they complete requirements for the major
declaration. A student transferring from Dedman College (or other schools
of the University) must secure a Change of Academic Program form from
the dean of the student's current school to present to the Undergraduate
Academic services office of Meadows School of the Arts.
Students must have completed a minimum of 24 term hours of study with
a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00 or greater. Students in various divisions
also must receive formal recognition for suitable scholarly or creative
ability, and talent in the performing arts. Art students must take introductory
course work in the first year and must seek admission through a review
of the work done in those classes. Art History students should contact
the chair of the Art History Division for a conference. Advertising, Cinema/Television,
Journalism, and Corporate Communications and Public Affairs students must
successfully complete the prerequisite subset of courses with the appropriate
G.P.A. to be admitted to their degree programs.
It should be noted that all students in dance, music, and theatre will
have auditioned/interviewed prior to entering SMU.
Admission as an External Transfer Student
Transfer students applying for admission to Meadows School of the Arts by transfer
from another accredited educational institution should request a transfer
application from the Office of Enrollment Services. Transfer applicants
who have completed 24 transferable hours with a G.P.A. of 2.50 or better
are often successful in gaining admission to the University. Once admitted,
a transfer student must be prepared to earn 60 hours of credit in residence
Transfer credit is not given for correspondence courses or for work completed
at a nonaccredited school. Only grades of C- or better in comparable
courses are transferable to SMU.
Transfer into Meadows School of the Arts is not automatic. Recognition
is also given to creative or scholarly potential for the program to be
undertaken and to particular talent in performing areas. Admissions criteria
pertinent to each instructional unit also must be satisfied.
Students should contact the Meadows Undergraduate Academic Services Office
regarding readmission. Music, dance, or theatre students may also be required
to re-audition. Official transcripts from each college or university attended
since last enrolled at SMU must also be forwarded to the Division of Enrollment
Services. If five years have lapsed since the last term of enrollment
at SMU, official transcripts from each college or university attended
prior to SMU must also be forwarded to the Division of Enrollment Services.
All data is due no later than July 1 for the fall term of entry and no
later than December 1 for the spring term of entry. See "Readmission
of Students" in the University
Admission section for more details.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
For many SMU students, scholarships and other aid make the cost of attending
a distinguished university no more, and often less, taxing on their families'
financial resources than attending a public university. More than 75 percent
of all SMU students receive some type of financial aid. For more information,
see the Student Financial Aid section or contact the Division of Enrollment
Services - Financial Aid.
SMU has a generous program of merit scholarships, grants, loans, and
part-time jobs to recognize academic achievement and talent in specific
fields and to meet financial need.
Meadows Undergraduate Artistic Scholarships
The divisions and centers comprising Meadows School of the Arts annually award
scholarships for outstanding achievement in a particular discipline. Candidacy
for scholarship considerations may require an audition, portfolio review
and/or interview. No student with ability should hesitate to apply
to SMU and Meadows because of financial need.
For information regarding Artistic Scholarships, write to the Associate
Dean for Student Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist
University, PO Box 750356, Dallas TX 75275-0356.
To receive primary consideration for all SMU merit scholarships and other
aid, students should comply with the following schedule:
By January 15
- Complete SMU Application for Admission
- Submit Financial Aid Form (FAF) to the College Scholarship Service
- Submit SMU Application for Financial Aid
By March 1
- Complete auditions and/or interviews
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