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University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

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University of Memphis overview
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Online memphis.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Memphis overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Memphis, located in Memphis, Tennessee, stands as a public research university founded in 1912. A member of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, its urban setting sprawls across a 1,607-acre campus characterized by a mixture of contemporary and traditional architecture. Notably, the institution is situated in close proximity to downtown Memphis, granting easy access to the city's diverse cultural and entertainment options. The academic profile of the University of Memphis includes a wide array of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs, with notable emphasis on business, engineering, and education majors. Student housing is available, with various on-campus living options designed to accommodate a significant portion of the student body. The University of Memphis's application process exhibits moderate selectivity, seeking a broad range of students while maintaining academic standards. While the university supports a full array of NCAA Division I sports teams, known as the Memphis Tigers, it is particularly recognized for its competitive men's basketball and football programs.

In the most recent statistical year 15,767 prospective students applied, and 14,916 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,414 enrolled in the school.  13,643 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 8,274 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,352 plus fees of $1,704. Memphis is ranked 883 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Memphis is rated within the lower 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Memphis overview
SAT 930/1230
ACT 17/24
GPA 3.48

Applications Accepted

University of Memphis overview
Applications Due Jul 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Tennessee Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Memphis
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,704
Room and Board $10,126
Budget for Other Expenses$6,354
Total One Year Cost$28,136

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Memphis
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,704
Room and Board $10,126
Budget for Other Expenses$6,354
Total One Year Cost$32,360

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

38% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Memphis students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
General Studies 11%
Education 8%
Health Professions 6%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=220862 IPEDS survey data for University of Memphis.

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