University of Memphis

1,775 reviews
  1. Memphis, TN
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
University of Memphis is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
Address
Southern Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152

University of Memphis Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
47%
SAT Range
900-1130
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$12,369/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,894/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,441/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,196/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,641/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,764/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.143 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.147 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.147 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,372Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    55%
  • Commuter
    23%
  • Closed off
    9%
  • Determined
    5%
  • Giving
    5%
  • Enthusiastic
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.151 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.194 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 75 responses
Report
  • Diversity
    72%
  • Relaxed
    16%
  • Interesting
    9%
  • Involvement
    3%

After University of Memphis

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.86 responses

Reviews

1,775 reviews
  • Excellent
    299
  • Very Good
    661
  • Average
    664
  • Poor
    102
  • Terrible
    49
This depends how far you want to live! If you want to walk or bike to school/live in the same neighborhood, then almost all of your off-campus housing options are unsafe. They are relatively inexpensive in the $500 range, but only one apartment in walking/biking distance is safe enough to consider living in. Rent at Mimosa Gardens is more in the $600+ range. Houses/duplexes for rent in the area are safer than the nearby apartments but still in a weird mid-white flight neighborhood in Memphis that sees a LOT of robbery and potential walking-after-dark violence. If you branch out to Midtown and Cordova, you get more variety of options and price ranges in better neighborhoods but you have to consider the commute/drive. Talking to friends from other places (Atlanta GA, California, etc) it seems like housing in Memphis is lacking in availability and variety.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • May 15 2014
I had a chance to intern with a local music industry non-profit. The experience was challenging and fun at points. However, most of the time it was very disorganized, and I felt like I was being lost in the shuffle. The great thing was that I was doing meaningful work in a field that I loved. No paper pushing or making coffee! I was able to learn new software used to manage social networking and create electronic newsletters. I expect that experience to be invaluable. I also learned a lot from, and was able to be included in, office politics, a skill sure to become useful down the line. Although I had these meaningful experiences, there were still several downsides. The internship was not paid (virtually none in my field are currently). This took away from income I would be receiving from my regular full-time job over the summer, on which I rely for savings. I also, despite the meaningful quality of work, was shuffled among several departments never knowing who would want me for what or what I would be expected to know. That was supremely stressful, since there was no real training or orientation program besides some introductory paperwork. All in all the experience was useful, and the music industry program offers many of these opportunities to fulfill the university internship requirement.
  • College Senior
  • July 8 2013
The overall atmosphere here in Memphis is wonderful. People are so friendly and down to earth! Campus safety is wonderful and they will provide escorts if needed. Memphis nightlife is the best! There's Beale Street which is located near the FedEx Forum where most concerts and Grizzly games are held. After a concert or after a game, you can enjoy a nice walk down Beale Street or go to a Bar and Grill for good food or drinks. After a certain time, if you are under 21, you will not be allowed on Beale Street due to the clubs and bars around the area. There is always something to do on and off campus. There are plenty museums like the Pink Palace Museum located close to University of Memphis Campus. Elvis Presley's Graceland is also located here in Memphis which is a wonderful attraction! The Memphis Zoo is one of the best in the South. I love going there every so often to visit and get a nice exercise because it is so big! Memphis is Wonderful! Nothing but fun!
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 13 2015