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University of Memphis Overview

University of Memphis is a public institution located in Memphis, Tennessee. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Memphis Known For?

12,400 Full-Time Undergraduates
$13,048 Avg Cost After Aid
85% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at U of Memphis.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of the faculty were full-time.

University of Memphis Rankings

College Factual ranked U of Memphis as #887 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #17 out of 42 schools in Tennessee.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that U of Memphis has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for U of Memphis

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for the Money 297
Best Colleges for Veterans 413
Best Colleges for International Students 632
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 641
Best Colleges for Diversity 726
Best Colleges 887

Where Is University of Memphis?

Location of University of Memphis

Contact details for U of Memphis are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Southern Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901-678-2000
Website: www.memphis.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uofmemphis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/uofmemphis

How Do I Get Into U of Memphis?

You can apply to U of Memphis online at: www.memphis.edu/admissions/freshmen/apply_ugrd.php

Admission Requirements for U of Memphis

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into U of Memphis?

85% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
4% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 85%, U of Memphis may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 4% of students accepted to U of Memphis submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Memphis  ( 510 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Memphis  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800
U of Memphis received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for University of Memphis  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Memphis  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Memphis  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Memphis?

$13,048 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
11.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of U of Memphis is $13,048. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for U of Memphis

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,599 $11,819 $15,414 $17,658 $17,930

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At U of Memphis, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $5,643 a year. That adds up to $22,572 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at U of Memphis is 11.0%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

University of Memphis Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,400 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,396 undergraduate students at U of Memphis, with 12,400 being full-time and 4,996 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  U of Memphis

There are also 4,125 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,400 full-time undergraduates at U of Memphis, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  U of Memphis

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Memphis students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of U of Memphis Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 449
Black or African American 4,265
Hispanic or Latino 671
White 6,088
International Students 265
Other Races/Ethnicities 662

Geographic Diversity

Tennessee students aren't the only ones who study at University of Memphis. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 83 countries are represented at U of Memphis. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Online Learning at University of Memphis

3,067 Took All Classes Online
8,258 Took At Least One Class Online
8.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 24 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at U of Memphis. In 2017-2018, 8,258 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at U of Memphis has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Tennessee for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of U of Memphis

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Memphis was 8.6%. This is the #1,416 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at U of Memphis regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of U of Memphis majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 10%
Business Administration & Management 4%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Curriculum & Instruction 28%
Education 4%
English Language & Literature 7%
Finance & Financial Management 5%
General English Literature 7%
General Psychology 3%
Health & Physical Education 22%
History 30%
History 30%
Instructional Media Design 18%
Library & Information Science 86%
Library Science 86%
Management Information Systems 26%
Marketing 15%
Music 3%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 22%
Public Relations & Advertising 78%
Special Education 16%
Visual & Performing Arts 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at U of Memphis ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at U of Memphis.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teaching Assistants #6
Journalism #9
Philosophy #11
Ethnic Studies #16
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #20
Public Relations & Advertising #23
General English Literature #27
Political Science & Government #29
Sociology #30
History #34
History #34
Computer Science #35
Teaching English or French #36
Management Information Systems #42
Philosophy & Religious Studies #45
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #47
Public Health #56
Communication & Media Studies #61
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #61
English Language & Literature #64
Information Technology #66
Marketing #71
Instructional Media Design #83
Curriculum & Instruction #85
Communication & Journalism #92
General Psychology #96
Special Education #117
Social Sciences #118
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #122
Psychology #133
Accounting #146
Educational Administration #168
Computer & Information Sciences #220
Criminal Justice & Corrections #230
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #262
Liberal Arts General Studies #270
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #270
Nursing #310
Education #397
Business Administration & Management #477

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Memphis Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Memphis awarded 6,176 undergraduate degrees and 2,382 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 138 41 0
Anthropology 0 26 4 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 5 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 35 2 0
Business Administration & Management 0 147 155 3
Business/Managerial Economics 0 19 0 0
Chemistry 0 28 9 3
Civil Engineering 0 32 11 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 9 13
Communication & Media Studies 0 58 9 3
Communication Sciences 0 0 21 17
Computer Engineering 0 14 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 32 0
Computer Science 0 50 7 5
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 113 7 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 122 13
Design & Applied Arts 0 12 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 22 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 22 6 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 3
Economics 0 6 3 0
Educational Administration 0 0 11 17
Electrical Engineering 0 15 7 0
Environmental Design 0 13 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 13 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 78 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 38 11 0
General Architecture 0 0 5 0
General Biology 0 78 11 3
General Engineering 0 0 0 7
General Engineering Technology 0 28 1 0
General English Literature 0 77 12 15
General Psychology 0 171 16 12
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 7 13 5
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 19 0
Health & Physical Education 0 330 46 0
History 0 66 9 7
Hospitality Management 0 32 0 0
International Business 0 23 13 0
International Relations & National Security 0 13 0 0
Journalism 0 40 8 0
Law 0 0 0 88
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 124 25 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 54 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 60 0 0
Marketing 0 93 0 0
Mathematics 0 32 10 5
Mechanical Engineering 0 39 6 0
Music 0 46 20 7
Nursing 0 310 71 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 239 0 0
Philosophy 0 16 2 3
Physics 0 4 7 0
Political Science & Government 0 45 8 0
Public Administration 0 0 8 0
Public Health 0 0 28 4
Public Policy 0 0 0 2
Public Relations & Advertising 0 36 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 4 0
Social Work 0 62 62 0
Sociology 0 38 9 0
Special Education 0 54 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 26 6
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 97 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 17 0 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 10 0
Writing Studies 0 0 7 0
Total 0 6,176 1,900 482

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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