The University of Memphis: Narrative Description

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Memphis, TN 38152
Tel: (901)678-2000
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of Tennessee Board of Regents. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1912. Setting: 1,100-acre urban campus. Endowment: $151.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $44.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5714 per student. Total enrollment: 20,668. Faculty: 1,183 (784 full-time, 399 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 5,049 applied, 70% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Students come from 44 states and territories, 83 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 38% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 31% 25 or older, 16% live on campus. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $3748 full-time, $209 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,472 full-time, $573 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $732 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program. College room and board: $4920. College room only: $2840. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 7% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Springfest, Black History Month. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,080 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. University of Memphis Libraries: McWherter Libraries plus 6 others with 1.1 million books, 3.5 million microform titles, 15,643 serials, 37,824 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $9.2 million. 2,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Memphis, with a metropolitan area population of over one million, is one of the South's largest and most attractive cities. As a primary medical, educational, communication, distribution, and transportation center, Memphis offers a rich and full range of research opportunities and cultural experiences. The city, known worldwide for its musical heritage, has many fine restaurants, museums, and theaters, as well as one of the nation's largest urban park systems. All forms of commercial transportation are available. Opportunities are numerous for part-time employment. Annual events include the St. Jude Liberty Bowl Football Classic, the Memphis in May International Festival, the Great River Carnival, and the Mid-South Fair. Some of the points of interest are the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Chuclissa Indian Villiage and Museum, Elvis Presley's Graceland, Mud Island, Libertyland, and the Great American Pyramid.

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