While sports gets attention, it’s education that drives the University of Memphis to make a difference

Tigers Den

Memphis, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – While everyone focuses on the Tiger’s football team, it’s important to take a look at the education students are receiving at the U of M.

“Driven by Making a Difference!” That’s the university’s slogan. And school officials say that’s what’s happening every single day on the campus. Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin explains.

Nestled in a quiet Midtown neighborhood with trees abound and waterfalls spouting H2O sits the University of Memphis. The university was founded in 1909 and opened its doors in 1912.

Students selected blue and gray as the school colors. The tiger as their mascot.

There is no doubt you’re in the Tigers Den when you pull onto 3720 Alumni Avenue. Some 20,000 plus students see tigers all around them on campus as they walk to their classes.

Besides the landscape and the sports teams headed by Mike Norvell and Penny Hardaway, what makes this campus so unique is its foundation: education.

Let’s look at a few of their programs.

First, Access Memphis. Its goal is student success. It focuses on diversity and inclusion and making sure lower-income students have a chance at getting a quality, higher education.  

“It’s important for students and families to kind of budget and actually plan for their future,” said Assistant Director of Financial Aid Scholarships Lofton Wilborn.

The University of Memphis has had the lowest tuition/fee increases in the state of Tennessee over the last 5 years. In Fall of 2018, approximately 620 students came from households with an income threshold of $50,000. Through Access Memphis and Hope Scholarships, students are sure to thrive; especially with the university’s guaranteed rate.

“It actually locks in your tuition for the next four years. So, whatever tuition you come in at, at that point and time you’re actually locked into that,” said Wilborn.

Head over to the University of Memphis Research Foundation Park and you’ll see the U of M is combining the past with the future – converting an old library branch into a space for startups, with the hope of eventually having an international imprint full of creative empowerment for students to take advantage.

“I know at the University of Memphis, we have not just academic counselors, now we also have career counselors in each college. So, a lot of things are helping students get those interview skills and make connections with internships and things like that,” said Financial Aid & Scholarship Outreach Coordinator Matthew Rhodes.

Matthew Rhodes, a third-generation Tiger and U of M employee, says it’s a recipe for success. And everyone knows Memphis is known for its great food. To that end, the U of M Board of Trustees approved a new culinary institute for the university on Germantown Parkway in Cordova, where students will soon learn how to whip up dishes worthy for any tiger: animal or human. 

“I certainly believe, myself personally, all of those things offer a more robust experience for our students,” said Rhodes.

And these unique programs along with others is why students pounce on the opportunity to attend the University of Memphis. Learn more HERE.

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