University of Memphis: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Memphis is a public university with an acceptance rate of 81%. Founded in 1912 and located about four miles east of downtown, the University of Memphis is the flagship research university in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The park-like campus is a designated arboretum offering self-guided tours, and the red brick buildings are laid out in a Jeffersonian style similar to the University of Virginia. In academics, the University of Memphis offers a wide range of majors and degrees, with notable strengths in journalism, nursing, business, and educationAcademics are supported by a 15-to-1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Memphis Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to the University of Memphis? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, the University of Memphis had an acceptance rate of 81%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 81 students were admitted, making UofM's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 15,381
Percent Admitted 81%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Memphis requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 6% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 620
Math 500 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of the University of Memphis' admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UofM scored between 510 and 620, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 500 and 610, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1230 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at the University of Memphis.

Requirements

The University of Memphis does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UofM does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Memphis requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 96% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 29 27
Math 18 25
Composite 19 26

This admissions data tells us that most of the University of Memphis' admitted students fall within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to the University of Memphis received a composite ACT score between 19 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

The University of Memphis does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The optional ACT writing section is not required by the University of Memphis.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of the University of Memphis' incoming freshmen class was 3.51, and over 54% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of Memphis have primarily high B grades.

Admissions Chances

The University of Memphis, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. The University of Memphis completes a comprehensive review of applicants that considers academic achievement in rigorous coursework. Potential applicants should have a minimum of four units of English; one unit of visual and/or performing arts, three units of math (including algebra I and II and geometry); two units of natural and physical science (including at least one unit in biology, chemistry, or physics), two units of social studies (including one unit of U.S. history), and two units of the same foreign language.

High achieving applicants might consider the University of Memphis' Talented 10% recruitment initiative which aims to attract the top 10% of high school graduates from across the country.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Memphis Undergraduate Admissions Office.