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University of Memphis

University of Memphis Rating: 3.5/5 (15 votes)

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Introduction

The University of Memphis (UM) is the flagship public research institution in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Located in urban Memphis, Tennessee, the school grants undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and has a total student population that regularly exceeds 20,000.

Established in 1912 as West Tennessee State Normal School, the institution went through numerous names changes until 1994 when it received its current name.

Academics

Major departments and colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, the College of Education, the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Loewenberg School of Nursing, the Herff College of Engineering, and the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

UM offers 17 bachelor’s degrees in hundreds of areas of study. It also offers over 50 master’s degree programs and over 20 doctoral degrees. You can also obtain a specialist degree in the area of education or the law degree of Juris Doctor. In addition, you can earn a graduate certificate in 30 areas of study.

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Although admissions to UM are somewhat competitive, nearly 90% of those who apply are admitted in a typical year.

This school reports that it considers a broad range of criteria when making admissions decisions, including age, educational background, entrance examination scores, high school GPA, prior college attendance, as well as other special talents and/or special circumstances.

Proof of graduation or GED equivalency is a key requirement for admissions, as are completion of a number of core high school classes. Separate requirements exist for home-schooled students, including submission of ACT or SAT scores. Students seeking early admission are held to more rigorous standards.

Applicants who submit their applications before the start of July will receive priority consideration for the fall semester.

Financial Aid

UM offers its students a number of options geared to help ease the financial burden of college attendance. Ongoing workshops are held to assist students in filling out the FAFSA form, which is the first step in the financial aid process. Also offered is an online portal geared to facilitate the financial aid application and disbursement process.

The most commonly awarded types of financial aid at the school include federal loans and grants, merit- and need-based scholarships, and work-study positions.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4645th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The combination of a large and diverse student body and the school’s location in the midst of Memphis’ cultural and entertainment amenities makes for a vibrant campus life. The high proportion of students attending full-time and the availability of on-campus housing also contribute to the cohesive campus community.

Fraternities and sororities are active on campus, and groups and clubs ranging from faith-based organizations to cultural clubs round out the roster of activities. The campus recreation center offers fitness classes, intramural sports, and amenities like massage and personal training.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The University of Memphis Tigers field varsity teams in a variety of men’s and women’s sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and softball. The teams participate in Division I of the NCAA, as well as Conference USA.

Tigers games are a popular draw on campus and in the surrounding community. The school’s football team plays in the 62,000+ seat Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. In past years, the Tigers have scored a number of significant bowl victories, including wins over rivals such as Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, and Tennessee.

Information Summary

Ranks 13th in Tennessee and 551st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 273rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 10 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 42 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.03
Arrest 24 0.11

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 6,738 1.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 117 0.02
Forcible Rape 398 0.06
Robbery 3,083 0.47
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 13,254 2.03
Larceny 25,667 3.93
Vehicle theft 3,434 0.53

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4709

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 730th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,056 $7,056 $21,768
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,256 $1,256 $1,256
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $294 $294 $907
FT Graduate Tuition $8,298 $8,298 $19,476
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,262 $1,262 $1,262
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $461 $461 $1,156
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,535 $23,535 $38,247
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,535 $23,535 $38,247
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,819 $14,819 $29,531

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $15,992 $37,864
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,628 $1,628

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,390 $7,904 $7,390 $7,904 $22,102 $22,616
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350 $1,375
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,330 $8,498
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,746 $5,036
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,325 $8,575
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,746 $5,036
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,746 $5,036

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,990 (2,518 male / 3,471 female)
Admitted 4,098 (1,657 male / 2,441 female)
Admission rate 68%
First-time Enrollment 2,134 (898 male / 1,236 female)
FT Enrollment 2,078 (869 male / 1,209 female)
PT Enrollment 56 (29 male / 27 female)
Total Enrollment21,480

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA

ACT Test Admission

693rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

452nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 6%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,842
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,230
Board Fee$3,486

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 150 1,176 93 130 8 2,360 55 4,054
Accounting 3 47 5 15 105 2 181
Adult Literacy Tutor/Instructor
African-American/Black Studies 1 8 2 11
American Government and Politics (United States) 2 2
Anthropology 3 1 1 22 31
Architecture 1 2 2 6
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 7 7
Art/Art Studies, General 8 1 58 2 70
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 29 29
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 3 3 9 1 16
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 21 4 7 1 54 3 95
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 1 2 3
Business Administration and Management, General 38 52 5 21 2 176 4 302
Business/Managerial Economics 2 1 12 2 18
Chemistry, General 17 1 4 21 45
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 3 6 9
Civil Engineering, General 3 4 23 30
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist 1 1 10 12
Cognitive Science 3 4
Community College Education 6 1 7
Computer Engineering, General 1 3 1 5 10
Computer Science 15 4 1 1 11 1 33
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 1 1
Consumer Economics 1 1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 7 1 21 1 32
Creative Writing 8 8
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 46 3 43 1 96
Curriculum and Instruction 65 3 4 112 186
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 1 22 1 29
Economics, General 2 1 2 5
Education, General 5 11 17
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 5 9 14
Educational Psychology 1 1 2
Educational/Instructional Technology 5 2 8
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 16 2 1 11 1 31
Engineering Technology, General 4 17 1 2 18 43
English Language and Literature, General 33 2 2 1 82 4 128
Environmental Design/Architecture 1 1 4 6
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1 2
Finance, General 17 2 1 29 2 51
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 10 5 2 20 1 40
General Studies 30 2 1 24 57
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 5 5
Geography 3 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 1 19 22
History, General 1 12 2 63 1 79
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 1 4 2 7 15
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2 3 1 13 19
Information Technology 4 4
Interior Design 1 5 6
International Business/Trade/Commerce 6 7 3 21 1 38
International Relations and Affairs 1 3 4 8
Journalism 27 1 1 47 2 80
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 50 2 1 35 1 89
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 34 3 5 1 67 2 114
Knowledge Management 21 2 1 4 7 35
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 76 3 5 82 1 175
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 5 2 3 1 20 1 34
Management Information Systems, General 21 1 4 32 1 60
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 10 2 2 1 55 71
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 18 2 56 2 81
Mathematics, General 2 9 1 27 40
Mechanical Engineering 1 2 2 30 35
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 172 3 4 127 3 315
Museology/Museum Studies 10 10
Music, General 6 12 4 1 27 50
Music, Other 3 1 5 10
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 1 1
Philosophy 3 16 1 21
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 8 19 1 28
Physics, General 3 8 11
Political Science and Government, General 11 2 39 1 57
Psychology, General 2 72 6 4 71 3 170
Public Administration 1 8 2 1 14 26
Public Health, General 2 4 2 7 15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 69 8 8 1 240 5 337
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4 4
School Psychology 1 6 7
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Social Work 36 2 21 59
Sociology 10 2 1 17 1 31
Special Education and Teaching, General 24 3 88 1 118
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 18 29 1 50
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 4 1 1 26 33
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 5 7
Urban Education and Leadership
Women's Studies 1 2 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 885th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,810 ($84,836 male / $61,496 female)
Number of FT Faculty 887 (511 male / 376 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,448
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $33,265,640
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