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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
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:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
In addition to its main campus in Memphis, and it online eCampus, the University also has satellite campuses in the following communities and neighborhoods:
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
Total enrollment at University of Memphis is around 21,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 19% 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 $10,100. 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: $7,100-$8,500
- Nonresident Student Tuition: $19,000-$22,520
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $290-$350 per unit
- Out-of-State: $490-$590 per 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||97%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||92%||$8,458|
|Receiving Student Loans||55%||$5,323|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
The overall graduation rate of University of Memphis is approximately 43%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||13%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||21%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||9%|
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
U of M 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)
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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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- The University of Tennessee - Martin in Martin, TN (104 miles away)
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