SMU Early Decision for Fall 2022 Admission

Southern Methodist University offers both Early Decision and Early Action for freshman admissions.

The Early Decision (ED) 1 deadline for Fall 2022 admission is November 1. ED2 deadline is January 15.

All ED1 applications should receive an admissions decision by December 31. For Fall 2020, SMU admitted 343 of the 527 applicants who applied early decision. The acceptance rate was 65.1%.

The Early Action (EA) deadline for Fall 2022 admission at SMU is November 1.

All early action applicants should receive an admissions decision by December 31. Last year, SMU admitted 4,913 of the 9,816 applicants who applied Early Action. The acceptance rate was 50.05%. For more information visit the Southern Methodist University page on College Confidential.

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Assuming 95% of ED admittees end up enrolling, 14.5% of SMU’s class was filled with ED in 2015 vs. 21% in 2020.

That’s far lower than some peers like Lehigh which filled 57% of its 2020 class with ED applicants. (815 * 0.95) / class of 1370 with a 73% acceptance rate. 44% of Lehigh’s 2015 class was admitted from ED. They also rate level of applicant’s interest as important vs. considered at SMU. Not to single out Lehigh, but colleges’ higher level of focus on yield is interesting. TCU filled 11% of its class with ED in 2015 and 21% in 2020.

If you’re applying to private universities, check out the common data set and see if applicant interest is considered or important. If so, make sure you show the school some love.

Does anyone know when ED1 decisions will be released for 2022 admissions?

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Last year, someone got an email saying ED1 decisions would be released at 7 p.m. on 12/2. That was a Monday and by that Friday, Dec 7, the poster said the applicant had been admitted to both SMU and Cox.

Early Action was released on 12/17 last year, a Tuesday. My son applied EA so I’m hoping for great results for everyone. My daughter applied ED1 for Fall 2020.

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Any idea of when Early Action decisions will be notified? Thanks


EA released:
Tuesday, 12/17/20
Saturday, 12/14/19 by 7:00 p.m.
Second Friday of previous year (?)

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One week out anyone heard any news yet?

Hi I came to check the same nothing here!

anyone know when ED 1 is coming? I have heard this week but I’m not sure if thats correct

I heard this week too . . .

Tonight at 7:00pm CST


Only ED or EA too?


hi yesterday I went back and looked at past years and it looked like ED came out the week before EA but that might not have been the case for everyone or this year.


Any updates on EA notification? Does it come out tonight?

Just ED tonight. EA is at least a week later. Good luck everyone!


Thanks for the info!

Any good news tonight?

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