About the University of Memphis

For almost a century the University of Memphis has been a catalyst for progress in the city of Memphis, the state of Tennessee and the surrounding Mid-South region. From its inception as a normal school dedicated to the education of public school teachers, to its role today as an educator of technologically-savvy graduates who face a complex world, the University of Memphis has always fulfilled its current mission while looking forward to and planning for its future.

Exceptional students from Tennessee, from every other state in the nation and from almost 100 countries around the world choose to attend the University of Memphis. They come here on the recommendation of their major professors at European universities; they come here to study subjects that are offered nowhere else; they come to study alongside men and women who are recognized and respected throughout the academic and scientific communities as foremost in their fields.

Ever forward-looking, the University of Memphis is poised to enter one of its most historic and productive periods. From the faculty and staff we have in place to our alumni and benefactors, our “people assets” have never been more willing, able and generous in their efforts to build an academic environment that makes a life-long impact on the young minds at the U of M.

Dr. Shirley C. Raines

1912 as West Tennessee State Normal School

Campus Size
1,160 acres and 202 buildings at eight sites

Operating Budget
$344 million

Local Economic Impact
$1.43 billion

Enrollment (for Fall 2008)
Total 20,214
Undergraduate 15,813
Graduate (3,277 masters + 889 doctoral) = 4,401
Law School 411
Full-time 67%
Part-time 33%
Men 38%
Women 62%

The University of Memphis is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Approximately 2,500 employees including 930 full-time faculty

Colleges & Schools
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Communication and Fine Arts
College of Education
Fogelman College of Business and Economics
Graduate School
Herff College of Engineering
Loewenberg School of Nursing
School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
University College

15 bachelor's degrees in more than 50 majors and 70 concentrations
Master's degrees in over 45 subjects
Doctoral degrees in 21 disciplines
Specialist degree in education
Juris Doctor (law degree)
Online degree program

Major Divisions
Business & Finance
Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
Information Technology
Intercollegiate Athletics
Office of the Provost
Student Affairs

Scholarships for 2008-09 academic year: $22 million (undergraduate)

Tennessee Centers of Excellence
Center for Applied Psychological Research (CAPR)
Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI)
Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP)
Center for Research Initiatives and Strategies for the Communicatively Impaired (CRISCI)
Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Intercollegiate Sports
Baseball, Basketball (men's & women's), Cross Country (men's & women's), Football, Golf (men's & women's), Rifle, Soccer (men's & women's), Softball, Tennis (men's & women's), Track and Field (men's & women's), Volleyball

Notable Alumni

Government, public service, and public policy
William Duane Benton, Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri 
Robert N. Clement - Former U.S. Congressman 
Bernice Donald - Judge, United States district court 
W.W. Herenton - Mayor, City of Memphis 
Benjamin Hooks, Civil rights leader and former executive director of the NAACP 
Jim Kyle - Tennessee State Senator and Democratic Leader of the Tennessee Senate 
Fred Thompson - Actor and former U.S. Senator 

Literature, arts, sciences, and media
Dixie Carter - Actress 
Kellye Cash - Miss America 1987 
Eric Jerome Dickey - Author 
John Dye - Actor 
Johanna Edwards - Author 
Stan Franklin - Cognitive scientist 
Barbara Walker Hummel - Miss America 1947 
Michael Jeter - Actor 
Terry Manning - Music Producer 
Wink Martindale - Game show host 
William Sanderson - Actor 
Drew Thomas - Singer/Songwriter 
Pat Kerr Tigrett - Fashion Designer

Todd Adams - Owner, Newby's 
Martin Belz - President of Belz Enterprises 
William Dunavant - Chairman of Dunavant Enterprises 
G. Douglas Edwards - President of Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. 
J. Kenneth Hazen - President and CEO of CTSI 
Nancy Laurie - Billionaire Investor in Wal-Mart 
R. Brad Martin - Chairman of the Board/CEO, Saks Incorporated 
Kenneth May - CEO of FedEx Kinko's 
James M. Phillips - Chairman and CEO of Luminetx Corporation 
William C. Rhodes III - Chairman and CEO of AutoZone, Inc.

Earl Barron - NBA 
Antonio Burks - NBA 
Rodney Carney - Minnesota Timberwolves - NBA 
Larry Finch - Memphis TAMs - ABA 
Anfernee Hardaway - NBA 
Mike McKenzie - New Orleans Saints - NFL 
Sam Thomas - All Blacks - Rugby Union 
Jerry Lawler - Hall of Fame Professional Wrestler - WWE 
Dave Anderson - Multiple Teams - MLB 
Chad Harville - Multiple Teams - MLB 
Dan Uggla - Florida Marlins - MLB 
Tamika Whitmore - Indiana Fever - WNBA 
DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers- NFL 
Stephen Gostkowski- New England Patriots-NFL 
Shawne Williams - Dallas Mavericks - NBA 
Lorenzen Wright - Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA 
Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls - NBA 
Chris Douglas-Roberts - New Jersey Nets - NBA 
Joey Dorsey - Houston Rockets - NBA 
Darius Washington - NBA 
Bill Laurie - Billionaire and 1973 NCAA Championship Game starting point guard for Memphis State 
Isaac Bruce - San Francisco 49ers - NFL 
Elliot Perry - Phoenix Suns - NBA 
Keith Lee - New Jersey Nets - NBA 
Win Wilfong - Cincinnati Royals - NBA 
Dajuan Wagner - Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA 
Larry Kenon - Multiple Teams - NBA 
Vincent Askew - Multiple Teams - NBA 
Cedric Henderson - Utah Jazz - NBA 
Sylvester Gray - Miami Heat - NBA 
Richard Jones - New York Nets - NBA 
William Bedford - Multiple Teams - NBA 
Hank McDowell - Multiple Teams - NBA 
Andre Turner - Multiple Teams - NBA 
Wayne Yates - Los Angeles Lakers - NBA 
David Vaughn - Multiple Teams - NBA

Notable Professors & Scholars
Béla Bollobás - A prominent mathematician who is known for his work in combinatorics. He was Fields Medal winner Timothy Gowers' dissertation advisor. With 18 articles co-written with Paul Erdős, he has an Erdős number 1.
Ralph Faudree - A prominent Erdős number 1 mathematician with a focus on Ramsey Theory, he is currently provost of the university. With 50 articles co-authored with Erdős, only two other persons have co-authored with Erdős on more papers.
Shelby Foote - Prominent Civil War historian 
Stan Franklin - A cognitive scientist, Franklin is a leading proponent of artificial consciousness.
Benjamin Hooks - Attorney and former executive director of the NAACP 
Cecil C. Rousseau - An Erdős number 1 mathematician

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