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Megan MurphyStudent Spotlight

Megan Murphy
Memphis, TN
Nursing with a Minor in Spanish

When I transferred to the University of Memphis, I really thought I would be the type of student who went to school and just went home, but my experience here so far has been the total opposite. I love that Memphis has all the opportunities of a big school but the feeling of community that comes with going to a small school.

Non-Traditional Requirements

GED Applicants (under the age of 21)

Students who have successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) Test must have official scores sent to the Office of Admissions. GED applicants who apply for admission will be reviewed by the standing internal admissions committee. GED applicants (under 21 years of age) must take the national ACT exam or the ACT residual exam (ACT exams used for admission must be less than 3 years old). The minimum GED score that will be considered is 450 (or 45 on exams prior to the revision). GED applicants must submit a statement of academic and career goals. Emphasis should be placed on experiences that the applicant has had since leaving high school that they believe will make them a successful college student (e.g. military, successful vocational training, etc.).


Homeschooled Applicants

Graduates of home schools must comply with state law by submitting proof of registration with the local education agency which the child would otherwise attend. This documentation must be submitted in addition to the high school transcript.

The score report of the American College Testing program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): The score report is a necessary part of the application and the test date should be no more than three years old at the time of enrollment.

Applicants who are offered admission with the enhanced ACT English, reading or math subscores less than 19, or the equivalent on the former ACT, will be required to take special basic/developmental courses to develop academic competencies necessary for success in college level courses. Students without valid ACT/SAT scores and without college level credit in math or English will be required to take the COMPASS test in the appropriate areas. Students who feel they have been misplaced by their ACT/SAT scores are encouraged to take the COMPASS test, which can place them in a higher level course. (See Transitional Academic Studies program description in the Independent Programs section of the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.)


Early Admission Applicants

Academically outstanding high school juniors who have completed three academic years of high school, accumulating at least 14 units of coursework may be considered for early admission if they have the following:

1. A minimum high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.00 scale.

2. A minimum ACT composite score of 26 on the ACT or the equivalent on the former ACT.

3. Written recommendations from high school principal and guidance counselor.

4. An interview with U of M faculty/staff committee selecting early admission students.

In addition, they must agree to enroll in freshman English, and, unless successfully completed in high school, courses in American history and economics.

NOTE: Early admission applicants should also check with their high school for specific graduation requirements.


21+ First-time Freshman Applicants (21 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED)

Student applicants 21 years old or older who apply for admission will be reviewed by the standing internal admissions committee. All student applicants, in this category, must take the COMPASS exam; or the national ACT exam; or the residual ACT exam (ACT exams used for admission must be less than 3 years old). The minimum GED score that will be considered is 450 (or 45 on exams prior to the revision). Applicants must also submit a statement of academic and career goals. Emphasis should be placed on experiences that the applicant has had since leaving high school that they believe will make them a successful college student (e.g. military, successful vocational training, etc.).

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