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University of Memphis

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About the University of Memphis

The University of Memphis was founded in 1912 as the West Tennessee State Normal School. In 1957, the Tennessee legislature awarded the school full university status, and in 1959, the campus was integrated. The school was renamed University of Memphis in 1994. Today, the school has an enrollment of over 21,000 students, and it awards over 3,000 degrees each year. As of 2012, the University of Memphis was one of only three universities in Tennessee that offered doctoral degrees.


The University of Memphis offers 50 majors and 95 areas of concentrations through 11 colleges and schools: the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, the Herff College of Engineering, the Loewenberg School of Nursing, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the School of Public Health, the University College, and the Graduate School. The University of Memphis offers a unique learning experience for freshmen known as Fresh Connections Learning Communities, as well as classes for students in western Tennessee at the Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee. Online courses are also available.


Prospective freshmen can apply to the University of Memphis online. A paper application is also available. Applicants should submit a high school transcript, College Board scores, and a $25 application fee. The Tennessee State Board of Regents requires that all incoming freshmen have completed a high school curriculum that includes four units of English, one unit of visual or performing arts, three units of mathematics, two units of natural and physical sciences, one unit of social studies, one unit of U.S. history, and two units of a foreign language.

The University of Memphis also requires incoming freshmen to have a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 3.00 and at least a 21 composite score on the ACT (or the SAT equivalent, which on the newer SAT is a composite score of 1500).

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual tuition at the University of Memphis varies based on specific courses taken, number of credit hours taken, and state of residency. The University of Memphis website has an online calculator that can be used to estimate yearly tuition. In fall 2012, a Tennessee resident taking 15 hours of regular courses could expect to pay around $4,117 per semester in tuition, while a non-resident would be charged $11,842 for the same course load. Additional fees may be assessed for courses in fine arts, law, broadcast and film, business, engineering, nursing, communication sciences, and teacher education. Incoming students from certain Mississippi and Arkansas border counties may be eligible for a border county tuition waiver, meaning they'll pay the same tuition as Tennessee residents. The cost of room and board varies, ranging from $1,910-$4,670 per semester depending on the housing complex and meal plan chosen.

Approximately 97% of students at the University of Memphis receive some kind of financial aid. The University of Memphis offers seven kinds of academic scholarships. The Cecil C. Humphreys Merit Scholarship is awarded to National Merit Scholars who rank the University of Memphis as their first choice. In addition to the $9,700 award, winners of this scholarship receive a laptop computer, a $2,000 stipend to study abroad, and financial assistance to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The First Scholars Program offers a $5,000 annual award to incoming freshmen whose parents were not college graduates. Several individual departments also offer scholarships, and online students are eligible for eCampus Out-of-State Scholarships.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 17,966 undergraduate and 4,340 graduate students (2011)**
Student Housing Eight residence halls; family housing for married students and graduate students*
Schools and Programs 11 schools and colleges with 95 concentrations of study in 50 majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010 - 2011:
Bachelor's: Multi/interdisciplinary studies (302)
Master's: Curriculum and instruction (210)
Doctorate: Law (128)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting in 2003:
12% in four years
37% in six years
43% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 66% in 2011**
Entering Class Size Approximately 2,570 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 77% full-time in 2011**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students: 22*
Application Due Date July 1 for fall semester*
Decision Notification Date No set date; varies after a 2-3 day processing period*
Tuition (per year) $7,390 in-state, $22,102 out-of-state (2011)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010: Federal grants (55%), Pell grants (55%), other federal grants (41%), state and local grants/scholarships (73%), institutional grants/scholarships (29%), federal loans (55%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97%**

Source: *University of Memphis, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Memphis, Office of Admissions, 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152-3520
  • Phone: 901-678-2111
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