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University of Memphis Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of Memphis ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Memphis Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Memphis was awarded 65 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts general studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, U of Memphis is ranked #887 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when U of Memphis held the #924 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

U of Memphis also holds the #17 spot on the Best Colleges in Tennessee ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of Memphis.

Is It Hard to Get Into U of Memphis?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Memphis is 85%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that U of Memphis is a good fit for you.

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 )

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

ACT Composite Scores for University of Memphis  ( 19 to 25 )

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University of Memphis Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, University of Memphis is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Memphis is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Memphis

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Memphis enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 17% for first-time, full-time students at U of Memphis, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  17 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at U of Memphis

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,396 undergraduates at U of Memphis with 12,400 being full-time and 4,996 being part-time.

U of Memphis Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for U of Memphis is 79.36 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  79.36 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Memphis Cost?

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.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of U of Memphis, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 58% of students took out student loans averaging $5,781 a year. That adds up to $23,124 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%.

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How Much Money Do U of Memphis Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from U of Memphis make about $37,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 6% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at University of Memphis make the most money.

Location of University of Memphis

University of Memphis is a public institution located in Memphis, Tennessee. The location of U of Memphis is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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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

University of Memphis Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 83 majors graduated from University of Memphis. Of these students, 3,088 received undergraduate degrees and 1,191 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health & Physical Education 330 $28,300
Nursing 310 $58,900
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 239 $28,700
General Psychology 171 $24,600
Business Administration & Management 147 $36,200
Accounting 138 $41,500
Liberal Arts General Studies 124 $34,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 113 $29,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 97 $26,300
Marketing 93 $35,700

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Memphis along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at U of Memphis

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 8,258 students took at least one online class at University of Memphis. This is an increase from the 7,476 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 8,258 3,067
2016-2017 7,476 2,591
2015-2016 7,374 2,319
2014-2015 6,422 2,202
2013-2014 6,496 2,223

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