University of Memphis

Southern Avenue, Memphis, TN

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University of Memphis ("U of Memphis") is a public research university located on a 1,607-acre campus in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to its main park-like campus, the University of Memphis offers online learning via its eCampus, and onsite learning at several satellite campuses in the Memphis area.

The University of Memphis offers 17 bachelor's degrees in more than 200 areas of study. It offers degrees at the master's level in more than 50 subjects, and degrees at the doctoral level in more than 20 subjects. There are also specialist or professional degrees offered in education and law.

The University of Memphis ranks high according to the U.S. News and World Report for its undergraduate business program. 

The University boasts a renowned faculty, including several highly awarded mathematicians, 26 Chairs of Excellence, a recipient of the first Presidential Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research, and a Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year recipient, among others.


The University of Memphis was founded in 1912 as the West Tennessee State Normal School. In 1925, the school's name was changed to "West Tennessee State Teachers College." In 1935, the college's agricultural department was closed.

In 1941, the name changed again to "Memphis State College." Graduate programs were initiated in 1950.

In 1957, the college was granted full university status. In 1959, the first black students were admitted. Doctoral programs were initiated in 1966. In 1994, the name was changed again to "University of Memphis."


The academic calendar for the University of Memphis follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • College of Education
  • Fogelman College of Business and Economics
  • Graduate School
  • Herff College of Engineering
  • Loewenberg School of Nursing
  • School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • School of Public Health
  • University College

Tennessee Centers of Excellence

  • Center for Applied Psychological Research (CAPR)
  • Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI)
  • Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP)
  • Center for Research Initiatives and Strategies for the Communicatively Impaired (CRISCI)
  • Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Student Life

There are numerous student clubs and organizations available on the University of Memphis that cover a range of interest foci, including arts, culture, honor societies, politics, academics, professional, religious, service, sports and recreation, and special interest. Students may also begin their own club or organization.

Sororities and fraternities are active on the University of Memphis campus.

Living on campus is an option through various residence halls, and there are many "Tiger Dining" options.

Campus recreation offers many facilities and events for fitness and entertainment. Student health services are provided on campus.

The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement offers many programs and activities that allow students to become involved in campus life.


The traditional school colors of the University of Memphis were originally blue and gray, but are now blue and white. The school mascot is the tiger, and the University of Memphis athletic teams are nicknamed the "Tigers."

The teams have been referred to as the "Tigers" since 1914, when during their final game the students shouted, "We fight like Tigers!" It later became the official nickname.


The University of Memphis "Tigers" compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Memphis, and it online eCampus, the University also has satellite campuses in the following communities and neighborhoods:

  • Collierville
  • Cordova
  • Germantown
  • Millington
  • Whitehaven
  • Jackson
  • Dyersburg

Community Life

The University of Memphis offers many non-credit and non-degree continuing education courses that are available to community members.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants University of Memphis accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of Memphis is around 21,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 10% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $25 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $7,300-$8,800
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $19,000-$22,840
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $310-$370 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $490-$590 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid97%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships94%$9,121
Receiving Student Loans54%$5,682

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, University of Memphis may offer services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of University of Memphis is approximately 43%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years13%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Memphis is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (372)
  • Basketball (372)
  • Track and Field (372)
  • Football (372)
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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