Ready to start your career as a Tiger? Once you've applied and been accepted to the
University of Memphis, here are the top 10 things you can do to start off on the right
1. Explore the Virtual University
By exploring the University of Memphis website, you can learn just about everything
there is to know about what majors are offered; what courses you need to ear a degree;
policies and procedures on advising and registration; how to live on campus; and much,
Of course there are human beings available to answer your questions as well, and all
the information you'll need to know to get started is covered in New Student Orientation
(described below), but surfing our websites is a good way to find answers to your
most basic questions - or perhaps to figure out what questions you may have!
2. Apply for Financial Aid
If you are looking for scholarships, grants or loans to assist you as you attend college,
you need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate
that the University of Memphis is your college choice.
Because some funding is distributed and exhausted early in the process, to receive
the most funding available to you you'll need to submit your FAFSA as early as possible.
Priority deadlines are generally in mid-February.
3. Complete the Requirements for Registration
You don't want anything to stop you from being able to register for classes! Be sure
to complete the pre-orientation checklist, which includes Math Placement Testing and
4. Attend New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is designed to help you and your parents make a smooth transition
into college life at the U of M. Your orientation program will include informative
presentations from administrators and faculty members, small group discussions, academic
advising, and course registration.
Orientation will afford you many opportunities to meet other new students as well
as interact with our Orientation Guides who, as current upperclassmen, can give you
first-hand information about the U of M based on their experiences. The U of M also
offers a special one-day orientation uniquely designed for transfer and adult students.
5. Sign Your Family Up for UMparents
Designed for the parents and families of current and future students, UMparents is
designed to help families find the information they need to guide students during
their time at the University of Memphis. The program offers a monthly newsletter,
live chats and other helpful resources.
6. Register for ACAD 1100
The Freshman Orientation Program, ACAD (Academics) 1100, provides entering freshmen
with survival skills for university life and beyond. Our goal is to make the academic
experience at the University of Memphis both enjoyable and productive.
ACAD 1100 is a three hour academic course that serves as an elective in the degree
program. Visit the site to learn about its benefits.
7. Register for a Fresh Connections Learning Community
In a learning community, students take a packaged schedule of three courses built
around a common theme. Specially selected faculty work together within the community
to integrate the theme into assignments and enrichment activities throughout the semester
Students in the learning communities take the packaged schedule together. Close connections,
study groups, and collaboration in learning usually emerge through this unique learning
8. Live on Campus
The University of Memphis campus offers eight different residence halls and Graduate
and Student Family Housing for graduate students or students who are married or have
families. Whether you are interested in a traditional style residence hall or apartment
style living. The University of Memphis accommodations to meet your needs.
One residential option is a Living Learning Community. These communities are supported
by an academic program or other University department. Freshmen First is a Living
Learning Community for students designed to offer freshmen the greatest possibility
for success during your university career and provides the necessary components to
meet the needs of the serious student. Other Living Learning Communities are available
for students in the Helen Hardin Honors program, Emerging Leaders, Architecture Majors,
Women in Engineering, and students interested in learning about foreign cultures and
9. Attend Frosh Camp
Frosh Camp is a four day camp exclusively for incoming freshmen. Frosh Camp gives
new students an upper hand on their first year by teaching what to expect inside and
outside of class, introducing them to all that The University of Memphis has to offer,
tons of Tiger spirit, connections with upperclassmen and 250 fellow freshmen, fun
memories, and lots of new friends.
10. Find Programs that will Support Your Needs
Do you have a disability? A comprehensive program of services and academic accommodations
designed to provide access and opportunity is available to qualified students with
disabilities through Disability Resources for Students (SDS). Be sure to register
with SDS early so that the staff can assist you in the best way possible.
Are you a First Generation Student? Consider becoming a First Scholar. First Scholars
live on campus and receive services and a scholarship to help them face the unique
challenges of being the first in a family to go to college. TRiO Programs offer similar
services for students who are low income, first generation and/or a student with a
Majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)? Check out MemphiSTEM,
a program designed to recruit and retain students in STEM fields.
Finally, FRESH is a mentoring program offered through the Multicultural Affairs Office
that matches freshmen with upper-division students.
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