Memphis, with a metropolitan area population of just over one million, is one of the South's
largest and most attractive cities. As a primary medical, educational, communication,
distribution and transportation center, Memphis offers a rich and full range of research
opportunities and cultural experiences. The city, known worldwide for its musical
heritage, has many fine restaurants, museums, and theaters, as well as one of the
nation's largest urban park systems. Annual events include the St. Jude Liberty Bowl
Football Classic, the Memphis in May International Festival, the Federal Express St.
Jude Golf Classic, the Great River Carnival and the Mid-South Fair. The medical complex
in Memphis is the South's largest and one of the nation's foremost centers of medical
research. A public transportation system provides easy travel between the university
and other parts of the city.
Built on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis is devoted to preserving
its history while vigorously building its future. Clusters of stately old homes dot
the city; some are still inhabited, others preserve the past as museums, some have
been restored and recast into commercial establishments; all are home to images from
a long-ago time.
The University's modern and beautifully landscaped campus is centrally located in
an attractive residential area of Memphis, with shopping, recreation and entertainment
centers nearby. In addition to the main campus facilities, the University has research
and athletic training facilities and married student housing on the South Campus,
as well as teaching sites throughout West Tennessee.