University of Memphis


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 12th in Tennessee and 529th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 86.3
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $25,423
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1210
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 15 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 76% / 54%
Enrollment Total (all students) 21,458


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.

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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 4862nd for the average student loan amount.
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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.

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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.

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