University of Memphis

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Memphis, TN 38152

Phone: (901) 678-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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University of Memphis is a public institution that was founded in 1912. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,647, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Memphis's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,904 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,340 (2013-14).

At the University of Memphis, first-year students can take advantage of the Fresh Connections learning communities. Freshmen choose from themed packages of three courses and take them with a small group of other first-year students, who often become future study partners, connections or friends. Past themes have included Africans in History and even War, Peace and Zombies. All undergraduates at U of M, as the school is known, can choose from more than 50 majors, and master's students can study more than 50 subjects, including those in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the schools of education and engineering.

Outside the classroom, U of M students can join more than 200 campus organizations, including about 25 fraternities and sororities, or play for many recreational sports teams. The Memphis Tigers varsity sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference. Notable University of Memphis alumni include NFL football players Stephen Gostkowski, Wade Smith and DeAngelo Williams.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Memphis, founded as a normal school by the Tennessee legislature, observed its Centennial Anniversary in 2012. Today it is one of only two doctoral high or very high research public universities in the state and is designated as "community engaged" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
This year, as the University marked its 100th year of higher education in Tennessee, the U of M's law school marked its 50th anniversary.
Home to 23,000 students from all 50 states and 100 foreign countries, the University of Memphis strives to provide a close community for its students through its Learning Communities, Emerging Leaders Program, Honors Program, residence life and 180 student organizations. Our students are National Merit finalists, Truman and Goldwater Scholars, Emerging Leaders, Honors students, and Merck Research scholars. They have won national competitions in robotics/artificial intelligence, music, journalism, finance, moot court, architecture and mathematics.
In just the past year, the University of Memphis has been recognized in a number of ways that speak to its educational quality and its accessibility for students. U.S. News & World Report's "short list" ranked it in the top 10 universities nationally in terms of student internships. U.S. News also ranked the U of M's graduate programs in audiology, speech-language pathology and rehabilitation counseling among the best in the nation.
The online MBA program, offered by the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, has been named by two business-oriented websites as one of the top such programs in the country, and another national website has designated the University as one of only 100 public four-year universities in the nation that offer a high quality education at an affordable price.
The University offers 15 bachelor's degrees in more than 50 majors and 70 concentrations, master's degrees in more than 55 disciplines, doctoral degrees in 24 disciplines, 27 graduate certificate programs, an education specialist degree, and a juris doctor (law) degree.
Our academic programs enable students to compete at the highest level, offering world-recognized programs in education, psychology, philosophy, audiology and speech-language pathology, earthquake science, biomedical engineering, and discrete mathematics, among others. The Loewenberg School of Nursing has a longstanding 100% first-time passage rate for state licensure, and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law graduates have the overall highest first-time bar exam passage of any law school in the State of Tennessee. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music is the only program in Tennessee that offers a doctorate in music.
The University's Fogelman College of Business and Economics is in the forefront of international business education. Notable initiatives of the Fogelman College are the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, a gift from the world-renowned late hotelier; the FedEx Institute of Technology, a one-of-a-kind partnership with FedEx Corporation; and the Crews Venture Lab, a tech startup pre-incubator.
The University is closely connected to the community via internships and research conducted in conjunction with area schools, non-profits, and businesses. These partnerships provide students with unique educational and career opportunities and generate knowledge to inform the University's community, governmental, business and industrial partners.
The University is dedicated to lifelong learning, and to making higher education accessible to as many people as possible. Toward that end, it makes significant use of online courses and offers classes at the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus in Jackson, Tennessee, at three satellite campuses in West Tennessee, and at 34 off-site community locations.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1912
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $198,361,885


When applying to University of Memphis, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at University of Memphis is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.7%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Memphis is 14:1, and the school has 40.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Memphis include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Education 9%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 7%

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Student Life

University of Memphis has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,647, with a gender distribution of 39.4 percent male students and 60.6 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. University of Memphis is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 22,139
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Memphis offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Memphis also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Memphis, 91 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Memphis.

Students who have cars on campus 91%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Memphis, 69.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,325.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,904 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,340 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,716 (2013-14)
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