The University of Memphis opened its doors in 1912. UM is organized into 11 academic colleges and schools. Popular majors include Business, Education and Liberal Arts. African-American honors students can find support through Black Scholars Unlimited, an organization designed to help students maintain their scholarships and excel academically. African-American men can find support through Empowered Men of Color, a group that encourages mentorship and community service. Women of all races can participate in a similar organization called Positive Assertive United Sisters of Excellence (PAUSE) where they can develop leadership skills. These clubs embody the spirit of the campus and its student body of dreamers, thinkers and doers. 

Location: Memphis, TN

Type of Institution: Four-year, public research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $3,695

     • Out-of-State: $11,051

Size: 21,000+

Percentage of African-American Students: 42%

Percentage of Men: 38%

Percentage of Women: 62%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 15:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, Specialist

Colleges/Schools: Law, Arts and Sciences; Communication and Fine Arts; Education, Health and Human Sciences; Business and Economics; Graduate School; Engineering; Nursing; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Public Health; University College

Housing: On-campus housing provided: residence halls, apartments


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: African Student Association, Black Scholars Unlimited, Black Student Association, Empowered Men of Color, Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students, Minority Student Nurses Association, NAACP, National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Society of Black Engineers, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality 

Famous Black Grads/Faculty: Tyreke Evans, DeAngelo Williams 

City Life: Dining (BBQ), museums (Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center, National Civil Rights Museum), Beale Street, shopping, art galleries, outdoor festivals, concert and shows, city tours, farmers market, roller derby, professional sports: NBA (Memphis Grizzlies)