TigerLIFE Admissions

Application deadlines:

  • May 15 for Fall Semester
  • September 1 for Spring Semester

This is a comprehensive program of study for unique learners who are highly motivated young adults whose disability is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills.

In order to be sure that the TigerLIFE Program at the University of Memphis Institute on Disability is the best match for our applicants, we require an application packet be completed for each student.

An Application Screening Committee will review applications and select students for admission. Please do not call about the status of your application, as we will not be able to provide this information for you over the phone. You will receive an email, phone call, or letter letting you know of your acceptance.

The decision to offer or deny admission to the program will be made by the Screening Committee in their best judgment and in the best interest of the applicant. Admission will be based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18-29 at the start of the program.
  • The applicant must have a significant cognitive and /or developmental disability that interferes with his/her academic performance as documented on their IEP from high school.
  • The applicant must have sufficient emotional and independent stability to participate in all aspects of the TigerLIFE coursework and campus environment.
  • The applicant should be able to sit through 90 minute courses and function independently for 2 hour blocks of time.
  • The applicant must demonstrate the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and behave respectfully towards others.
  • The applicant must demonstrate the desire to attend TigerLIFE and adhere to the TigerLIFE policies regarding attendance and participation in the coursework and typical University of Memphis classes.
  • The applicant must have the potential to successfully achieve his/her goals within the context of the TigerLIFE programs content and setting.
  • The applicant must be able to function within groups of peers.
  • The applicant must NOT demonstrate any physical aggression or violence towards staff or students.  Physical violence of any kind is grounds for immediate termination from the program.
  • The applicant must be able to walk approximately 3 to 5 miles each school day.  Students must provide any mobility assistance required to do this.

Please note that courses taken while in the TigerLIFE program will count for audit credit only.

Letters of recommendation from teachers are extremely important, too, as these describe current levels of performance across many areas.

Applicants will have typically received extensive special education services in their secondary schools, graduating with a special education diploma or certificate of attendance, and would have considerable difficulty succeeding in a traditional college degree program.

This is a certificate program (not an accredited college degree program) and exiting students will receive a certificate of completion along with a personal portfolio, NOT a degree from the University of Memphis

Application Deadlines:

  • May 15 for Fall Semester
  • September 1 Spring Semester

All required documentation and fees must be recorded with TigerLIFE to complete admission into the program. If you miss the above deadlines on any documents or fee payments, your application will be kept for the next available semester.  Late processing of applications is not available.

Note: Due to space limitations, not all applicants who complete the application and meet the "criteria for admission" can be accommodated in TigerLIFE; however, these students are welcome to reapply.

Please email Viki Poole at v.poole@memphis.edu or  vkschwrt@memphis.edu, or call (901) 678-4303 if you have other questions.

Please send all admissions materials to:

University of Memphis Institute on Disability
C/o Dr. Chrisann Schiro-Geist
100 Ball Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152