University of Memphis

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,208
6.88% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$13,481
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
11.4%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
84.8%
14,778 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
21,685
64.6% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
47.8%
1,010 Graduates

About

University of Memphis is a higher education institution located in Shelby County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Memphis were Registered Nursing (310 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (280 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (239 degrees).

In 2019, 4,456 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Memphis. 61.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,434 degrees), 1.89 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1291 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Memphis is $8,208, which is $−20,292 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Memphis is $8,208, which is $−20,292 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,481.

In 2019, 78% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 52% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,208
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of Memphis was $8,208. The cost of tuition at University of Memphis is $−20,292 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$13,481
2019 Value
2.33%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of Memphis had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,481. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of Memphis grew by 2.33%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,975
Room and Board
$1,569
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Memphis was of $9,975 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,569. The cost of room and board increased by 6.5% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 10.9% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
52%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

78% of undergraduate students at University of Memphis received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 78% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
11.4%
2017 Default Rate
648
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of Memphis was 11.4%, which represents 648 out of the 5673 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Memphis received 14,778 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 4.5% annual growth. Out of those 14,778 applicants, 12,525 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.8% acceptance rate.

There were 21,685 students enrolled at University of Memphis in 2019, and 6% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Memphis has an overall enrollment yield of 21.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
12,525
Accepted Out of 14,778

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Memphis was 84.8% (12,525 admissions from 14,778 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 84.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 4.5%, while admissions grew by 5.07%.

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SAT Scores

6%
Submission Percentage
159
Scores Submitted

6% of enrolled first-time students at University of Memphis in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Memphis has a total enrollment of 21,685 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Memphis is 14,004 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,681. This means that 64.6% of students enrolled at University of Memphis are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Memphis, both undergraduate and graduate, is 48.9% White, 32.3% Black or African American, 5.83% Hispanic or Latino, 4.19% Asian, 3.58% Two or More Races, 0.208% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0461% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Memphis in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.4%), followed by Black or African American Female (22.5%) and White Male (22.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (33%), followed by White Male (21.7%) and Black or African American Female (12.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

64.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Memphis, both undergraduate and graduate, is 21,685 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Memphis is 14,004 and the part-time enrollment is 7,681. This means that 64.6% of students enrolled at University of Memphis are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Memphis was 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), University of Memphis had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    10,602
  2. Black or African American
    7,004
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,265

The enrolled student population at University of Memphis is 48.9% White, 32.3% Black or African American, 5.83% Hispanic or Latino, 4.19% Asian, 3.58% Two or More Races, 0.208% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0461% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 388 students (1.79%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1050 more women than men received degrees from University of Memphis. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Memphis is white (2,434 degrees awarded). There were 1.89 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1291 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Memphis is Registered Nursing (310 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (280 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (239 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Memphis, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (376 degrees awarded), History (82 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (249 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Memphis are Elementary & middle school teachers (216,691 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (189,835 people), Other managers (173,894 people), Secondary school teachers (163,091 people), and Postsecondary teachers (144,623 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Memphis are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (376 degrees awarded), History (82 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (249 degrees), English (111 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (58 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Memphis are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Dentists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of Memphis are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (376 degrees awarded), History (82 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (249 degrees), English (111 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (58 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Memphis are Elementary & secondary schools (547,524 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (316,453 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (200,816 people), Legal services (156,257 people), and Computer Systems Design (126,276 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Memphis are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (376 degrees awarded), History (82 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (249 degrees), English (111 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (58 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Memphis.
Most Common
  1. 310 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 280 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 239 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Memphis was Registered Nursing with 310 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,703
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,753
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,703 degrees were awarded to men at University of Memphis, which is 0.619 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,753).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 156 degrees were awarded to men at University of Memphis in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.26 times more than the 124 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 329 degrees were awarded to women at University of Memphis in Registered Nursing, which is 6.33 times more than the 52 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%
100% Completion Time
43%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 19% of students graduating from University of Memphis completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 43% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 48% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Memphis is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (80% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.099% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,434 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,291 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    222 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Memphis is white (2,434 degrees awarded). There were 1.89 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1291 degrees).

0.247% of degree recipients (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,378 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,056 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    950 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Memphis is white female (1,378 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,056 degrees).

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Operations

University of Memphis has an endowment valued at nearly $223M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $11.1M (4.95%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of Memphis had a total salary expenditure of $444M. University of Memphis employs 263 Associate professors, 245 Assistant professors, and 198 Professors. Most academics at University of Memphis are Male Associate professors (146), Female Assistant professors(142), and Male Professors (139).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Memphis are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 392 employees, Service, with 247 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 232 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$223M
2019 Endowment
3.32%
growth from 2018

University of Memphis has an endowment valued at about $223M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Memphis grew 3.32% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $87.6M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $23.1M - Federal
  2. $4.26M - State
  3. $4.12M - Local

As of 2019, University of Memphis received $23.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.26M from state grants and contracts, and $4.12M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$198M
2019 Salaries
1.2%
decline from 2018

In 2019, University of Memphis paid a median of $198M in salaries, which represents 44.6% of their overall expenditure ($444M) and a 1.2% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 11.2% growth from 2017 and a 2.06% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$71.6M
Instructional Salaries
887
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of Memphis paid a total of $71.6M to 887 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
263 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
392 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Memphis were Associate professor with 263 employees; Assistant professor with 245 employees; and Assistant professor with 198 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Memphis were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 392 employees; Service with 247 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 232 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Memphis was Male Associate professor with 146 employees, Female Assistant professor with 142 employees, and Male Professor with 139 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of Memphis.

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