University of Memphis

University of Memphis Admissions and General School Information

The University of Memphis is a 4-year, public educational institution in the state of Tennessee. The University of Memphis confers degrees in areas such as nursing, engineering, fine arts and sciences.

General Information about the University of Memphis

The University of Memphis was founded in 1912 as West Tennessee State Normal School. Before taking its present name of University of Memphis in 1994, the school was also known as Memphis State College and later as Memphis State University.

The university has a student population of 20,220 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1. Several centers of research in areas such as technology and earthquake studies are located on the campus.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

First-time applicants to the University of Memphis must complete an application that includes high school transcripts and ACT scores, while transfer students should include transcripts of all colleges and universities attended. Applicants who are interested in early admission must have a GPA of at least 3.5, written recommendations from a guidance counselor and high school principal and an ACT score of 26 or higher. Early admission applicants must also interview with the committee responsible for selection.

University of Memphis Colleges

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law began as a college at the university in 1962. The purpose of establishing the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law was to replace two older schools, the University of Memphis Law School and the Southern Law School, that only offered part-time education. Currently, the school has approximately 460 students and plans to open a new building in 2010.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, and as such houses many research centers, the ROTC, two Centers of Excellence and 24 academic units. The College of Arts and Sciences is divided into three divisions, which include natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Every year the college confers over 500 undergraduate degrees, the largest number of undergraduate degrees by college awarded by the University of Memphis.

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Established in 1997, the College of Communication and Fine Arts is home to departments of music, speech and drama, journalism and art. The college also has a number of research centers. The Center for Sustainable Design works toward developing green architecture within the context of social, economic and environmental conditions of the Mid-South.

College of Education

Dating back to 1912, the College of Education was a part of the University of Memphis when it was known as the West Tennessee State Normal School. Currently, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and houses 21 institutes and research centers. One of these, the Campus Elementary School, allows students to gain hands-on experience in teaching.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

The Fogelman College of Business and Economics enrolls a total of 2,742 students. Undergraduate students can choose from among ten different business-related majors. There are also five different master's degrees and a Ph.D. program with six concentrations. The Fogelman College of Business and Economics also houses several research centers, including the Robert Wang Center for International Business, funded by a $4.1 million Department of Education grant.

Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of Memphis provides applicants with the resources needed to apply for graduate programs. The school provides information on the application process, university fees and tuition, financial aid, housing and academic degree programs. The Graduate School also provides guidance on preparing theses and dissertations.

Herff College of Engineering

The Herff College of Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas such as mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering technology. Many corporations seek to partner with the Herff College of Engineering to conduct research. There are also research centers within the college, including the Ground Water Institute, which functions as an independent voice on issues related to ground water maintenance and conservation.

Loewenberg School of Nursing

The Lowenberg School of Nursing offers two Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) options. One option is for first-time nursing students, the other is an RN to BSN option. The school also has master's degree programs in areas such as nursing education, nursing informatics and nursing administration. Nursing students can engage with local communities by participating in programs and centers associated with the nursing school. The Crossroads Hospice provides students the opportunity to interact with hospice nurses and learn about their responsibilities.

School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, located within the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center, only offers graduate degree programs. Established in 1947 by the center's Board of Directors, the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center provides clinical services to people suffering from communication disorders.

School of Public Health

Established in 2007 by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the School of Public Health offers degree programs in environmental health, biostatistics, health administration and behavioral sciences. Students enrolled in public health programs may also engage in community health projects through the Center for Community Health. The center draws health researchers from areas such as nursing, business and economics and education.

University College

The University College offers a range of interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs, with over 25 undergraduate degree concentrations and three master's programs. The college was established in 1975 to provide interdisciplinary study. Students may choose from existing majors or work with academic advisors to develop their own courses of study. The college has 150 graduate students and 1,400 undergraduate students.

Contact Information

  • Address: Memphis, TN 38152
  • Phone: (901) 678-2000