Considering Grad School in Tennessee? Check out University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is a public research university in Memphis, Tennessee. They have a number of graduate programs that could be a great fit for students from the IU College of Arts + Sciences. The Walter Center had a chance to interview representatives from U of M, and this is what they had to share:

In your opinion, what makes the University of Memphis stand out from other nearby graduate schools?

“The University of Memphis offers 130 graduate programs across 12 schools and colleges.  We are a major urban research university located in a city with 1.1 million citizens in the metropolitan area. Given our strong logistics and transportation facilities and being located in the middle of the US we have 92 of the Fortune 100 with major operations requiring a knowledgeable talented workforce, with FedEx, AutoZone, and International Paper headquarters here among others.  Our faculty are globally recognized scholars pursing innovative research agendas and leading top ranked programs: Top 25 Online MBA Program by The Princeton Review, Top 25 Nationally-Ranked Graduate Programs by U.S. News & World Report in Audiology #17, Rehabilitation Counseling #21, Speech-Language Pathology #24, among many more.  Finally, we pride ourselves on offering our award-winning, accredited programs at an affordable cost (please visit our Tuition Estimator”

Many students value institutions that have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. How does the University of Memphis uphold these values?

“The University of Memphis is dedicated to helping students, faculty and staff create a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive environment. Take a look at our campus, and you’ll see that diversity exists all around the University of Memphis. Our students bring many cultures, experiences and perspectives. We have an active Office of Multicultural Affairs which provides with a space to broaden one’s knowledge and understanding about the backgrounds and cultures of others.  This Office provides a wide range of opportunities for leadership development, programs, events, scholarships, travel and guest lectures to help everyone on campus embrace diversity by thinking critically and leading the way in finding solutions to society’s toughest issues.  The University of Memphis reflects the diverse city we live in and has a strong commitment to maintaining our international student diversity as well.”

What are some advantages to living and working in the city of Memphis?

“Live and work in Memphis for great work opportunities and the low cost of living, then settle in to enjoy the perks of fantastic music, the best barbeque, and southern hospitality. Home to Graceland, Beale Street, and Sun Studio, Memphis provides plenty to celebrate against a backdrop of deep-rooted history, southern hospitality, and the mighty Mississippi River.  We are known for our blues and soul to rock ‘n’ roll, with patio restaurants galore, historic leafy neighborhoods with friendly neighbors, and a wide range of arts and cultural amenities.   Furthermore, you’ll find lush landscapes and running rivers that invite you outside. Some advantages to leave you with:

  • Livability – It’s hard to top the Memphis mix of work and play.
  • Low Cost of Living – Quality of life is high, and the cost of living is low.
  • Thriving Art Scene – With world-class music, a fascinating history, and initiatives from the Urban Arts Commission, artists thrive in the city.
  • Great Housing Market – Buying a home is affordable, especially compared to many other similarly-sized cities.
  • Friendly Neighbors – This is a place that takes southern hospitality seriously.
  • Great Outdoors – Memphis offers easy access to beautiful parks, trails, botanical gardens, forests, and rivers.
  • Good Weather (Most of the Time) – Outdoor activities are doable year-round.”

If you are interested, please watch this video, visit their website, or contact graduate admissions. 

By Hillary Nienhouse
Hillary Nienhouse Assistant Director, Employer Relations Hillary Nienhouse