Quick Stats

  • Avg. SAT Score
    1414
  • Annual Tuition (in-state excl. fees)
    $38,870
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Program Enrollment
    1,193
  • University Selectivity
    53%
  • University Yield
    24%
  • Job Offers
    88%
  • Average Salary
    $55,919
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
  • School Status
    Private
  • Accreditation
    AACSB Accredited
  • B-School Founded
    1920
  • Program Length
    Four Year
Contact Information
6212 Bishop Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75205-0006, United States
Website
405x225

Cox School of Business

SMU Cox School of Business is an intimate private school located five miles north of downtown Dallas. The school provides its students with the essential tools for success: strong academics, access to employers and mentors, opportunities for leadership and personal growth, and membership in SMU Cox's global alumni network. Cox students learn in small classes taught by accessible faculty. They perform research with renowned professors and solve real-world case studies, study abroad, participate in volunteer service and work in internships. Top employers recruit Cox students for jobs in business: they know the value of a Cox educat

What Current Students Say See All 10 Comments >

The professors and the classes offered are very good. Additionally, there are less students per class than large universities. I believe that if the student is willing the same education can be received from SMU that could be received at any other top business school.

Social

Events Calendar

  • Sep 8
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Forté Forum - Chicago

    Chicago, IL

    Representatives from the Cox MBA Admissions Team travel to cities across the United States and around the world to seek out and personally meet with prospective MBA candidates. We strongly encourage you to participate in these events and meet with a member of the Admissions Team. The Team participates in events with several groups, including Kaplan Road to Business School, the QS World MBA Tour, The MBA Tour, Inside the MBA, Forté Foundation, and MBA Texas Tour.  We also attend graduate school fairs at selected Texas universities.

  • Sep 8
    3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    QS World MBA Tour - Boston

    Boston, MA

    Representatives from the Cox MBA Admissions Team travel to cities across the United States and around the world to seek out and personally meet with prospective MBA candidates. We strongly encourage you to participate in these events and meet with a member of the Admissions Team. The Team participates in events with several groups, including Kaplan Road to Business School, the QS World MBA Tour, The MBA Tour, Inside the MBA, Forté Foundation, and MBA Texas Tour.  We also attend graduate school fairs at selected Texas universities.

  • Sep 9
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Forté Forum - New York

    New York, NY

    Representatives from the Cox MBA Admissions Team travel to cities across the United States and around the world to seek out and personally meet with prospective MBA candidates. We strongly encourage you to participate in these events and meet with a member of the Admissions Team. The Team participates in events with several groups, including Kaplan Road to Business School, the QS World MBA Tour, The MBA Tour, Inside the MBA, Forté Foundation, and MBA Texas Tour.  We also attend graduate school fairs at selected Texas universities.

About Southern Methodist University

Admissions

Admissions Selectivity
53% Southern Methodist University 59% Average Across All Schools

Most Important Admissions Factors
  1. Secondary school record
  2. High school GPA
  3. SAT/ACT scores
More Information
Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
14049% 14,049
53% 53
24% 24
53% School Selectivity
24% School Yield
Demographics of Applicants
  • Male Applicants
  • Female Applicants
  • International Applicants
  • U.S. Applicants
Required Tests
  • SAT or
  • ACT
  • Are Interviews Required? Not offered
Additional Requirements:

Application for admission, transcripts, resume, essay, SAT or ACT scores, recommendation letters from high school counselor and teacher, TOEFL for international applicants, college transcripts for transfer students. Comprehensive and competitive review process.

Total Applications to Program
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
4052% 4,052
20% 20
54% 54
20% Program Selectivity
54% Program Yield
Program Requirements
  • Admissions managed by Business Program
  • Are interviews required? Not required
Required Tests

No other exam required.

Transfer Requirements
  • How internal transfers are handled Other
  • Min college GPA for transfers 3.3
  • Other transfer requirements 3.3 College GPA; 3.3 business subset GPA
Freshman Requirements
  • Freshman admissions Yes
  • Percent of admitted applicants who are freshmen 28
  • Min GPA required in pre-business courses? No
  • How freshmen are admitted Indicate interest on university application
Other requirements for freshmen

Applicants must list business as their first major on their SMU application for admission to be considered. Comprehensive and competitive review of all first-year appliations focus on academic factors (test scores, GPA, curriculum rigor).

Careers

Financial Services 25%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 9%
  • Real Estate 8%
  • Other 6%
Deloitte 16
Top Employer
  • EY 14
  • KPMG 12
  • PwC 11
Job offers within 3 months after graduation
88% Cox School of Business 78% Average Across All Schools

More Information
Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
82% 82
62% 61.74527272727272
82% Receive Offers
75% 75
59% 59.252482758620694
75% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
6% 6
16% 15.83261363636364
6% Receive Offers
13% 13
17% 16.796475409836066
13% Accept Offers
More than 3 Months after graduation
0%
0%
0%
0%
81% Graduates seeking full-time employment
19% Graduates not seeking employment
90% Percentage of graduates for whom employment information is available
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
9% 9
$62,958.00
52K 75K
Finance/Accounting
69% 69
$57,425.00
42K 120K
General Management
1% 1
$58,000.00
46K 70K
Human Resources
1% 1
$62,000.00
52K 72K
Management Information Systems
3% 3
$76,750.00
57K 130K
Marketing/Sales
11% 11
$43,264.00 Data not provided
Operations/Production
2% 2
$54,000.00
30K 75K
Other
4% 4
$44,333.00
35K 50K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Accounting
37% 37
$52,412.00
42K 57K
Consumer Products/Retail
3% 3
$47,750.00
41K 50K
Consulting
9% 9
$60,250.00
46K 75K
Financial Services
25% 25
$62,426.00
35K 75K
Government/Education
1% 1
$60,000.00 Data not provided
Pharma/Biotech/Health
3% 3
$61,250.00
46K 75K
Manufacturing
1% 1
$56,000.00
55K 57K
Media/Entertainment
1% 1
$30,000.00 Data not provided
Petroleum/Energy
3% 3
$80,000.00
60K 120K
Real Estate
8% 8
$53,000.00
35K 75K
Technology/Science
2% 2
$69,125.00
40K 130K
Transportation
1% 1
$31,200.00 Data not provided
Other
6% 6
$46,389.00
35K 70K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Northeast
5% 5
$67,000.00
60K 70K
U.S. Mid-Atlantic
4% 4
$58,750.00
56K 62K
U.S. South
3% 3
$50,750.00
44K 57K
U.S. Southwest
80% 80
$55,338.00
30K 120K
U.S. Midwest
3% 3
$73,250.00
53K 130K
U.S. West
5% 5
$53,625.00
30K 70K
U.S. Possessions/Territories
0% 0
Data not provided
Canada
0% 0
Data not provided
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Average Signing Bonus for Most Recent Graduates
Internship Employers / Interns Hired
  • EY 26
  • KPMG 23
  • Deloitte 23
  • PwC 13
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch 13
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks 10
  • Percentage of internships that are paid 73
Career Services
  • Number of companies that recruited students on campus 74
  • Number of companies that posted full-time jobs on school message boards 818
Other activities and career services provided to undergraduate business students:
Other activities and services at SMU Cox include individual career coaching, required career management course, employee mentor program, industry-focused panels and seminars, resume reviews, mock interviews, dining etiquette lunch, case interview simulation, online career resource library and tools, career fairs, analyst development program, career and job search workshops, consulting prep program, online job board, and alumni networking events.

Cost

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$55,453
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $38,870
  • Fees $4,930
  • Expenses $11,653
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$55,453
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $38,870
  • Fees $4,930
  • Expenses $11,653
80% Percent of Institutional Grants or Scholarships 3% Percent of Full-tuition Institutional Grants or Scholarships
Basis for Grants or Scholarships
  • Need 17%
  • Merit 83%
More Information
Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid Management No
  • Website www.smu.edu/financial_aid
Scholarships
$15,034,133
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students last year
$16,413,574
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students this year
Loans
  • Loan Guarantee Policy No
  • Max Loan Guarantee Per Year

Academics

Average Class Size
  • Cox School of Business
  • All Schools
Core Business Classes
41% 38
50% 46
Elective Business Classes
55% 32
50% 29
Required Classes with a Waiting List
0 Cox School of Business 13 Average Across All Schools

* On the First Day of Enrollment
Top Areas of Study
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
More Information
Business Program Classes
13% Less than 20 Students 10% More than 50 Students
77% 21 to 50 students
32 Average number of students in non-business required electives
63 Different Elective Courses
New Electives
  • Introduction to Consulting and Change Management
  • Identifying Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • Program length Four Year
  • Last change to curriculum 2009
Degrees Offered
  • BBA
Faculty
  • All Faculty
  • Tenured
84% 84
36% 36
Prominent Faculty
  • Hemang Desai

    Accounting, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • William Dillon

    Marketing, Statistics

  • Gordon Walker

    Strategic Planning

  • Are work study or co-ops available? Yes
  • Description of work study / co-ops:

    Work study or co-op opportunities available include internship classes, accounting internships and work-study positions available with faculty and staff.

  • Is study abroad available? Yes
  • Description of study abroad programs:

    SMU offers both business-related and non-business related study abroad programs in 46 different countries. Programs are available to students throughout the year. Additional information may be found at https://abroad.smu.edu/

  • Is community service or volunteering available? Yes
  • Description of community service/volunteering:

    The SMU Provost's office offers students a unique opportunity called "Big Ideas." His office awards 10 undergraduate interdisciplinary teams up to $5,000 each to research & address challenges facing the area. Student teams must write and submit a proposal by a specific deadline for review by the Provost's office. In the "Engaged Learning" program, SMU finances up to $2,000 for students to tackle real-world issues and explore careers. Student clubs and service organizations offer other volunteer opportunities.

Students

71% Students in Top 10% of High School Class 76% Students with High School GPA over 3.75
1450 75th Percentile Score on SAT 33 75th Percentile Score on ACT
Student Body Breakdown
  • International Students
  • U.S. Students
  • Male Students
  • Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
White
67% 67
Asian American
12% 12
Hispanic
7% 7
* Percentages are for U.S. citizens in most recent entering class; only top three responses shown.
More Information
U.S. Regional Breakdown
15%
15%
2%
50%
16%
2%
Student Citizenship
U.S.
99% 99
Other Non-U.S. Citizenship
1% 1
Dual Citizenship
0% 0
Canada
0% 0
89% Freshman retention rate
Graduation Rate
  • 4 Years
  • 6 Years
88% 88
95% 95

Alumni

Alumni Donors
Total Living Alumni 21,043
Alumni Donations
$3,196 Average Gift $1,000,000 Largest Gift

Mr. & Mrs. Tucker S. Bridwell, '73, '74

Most Prominent Alumni
  • Ray L. Hunt

    Hunt Consolidated, Inc. CEO/Chair/President

  • Martin Flanagan

    Invesco Ltd. CEO/Executive Director/President

  • William J. O'Neil

    Investor's Business Daily Founder/Chairman/Publisher