Parent & Family News: Fall 2017


It is hard to believe that a new year is about to begin! We are excited for the fun of the beginning of the semester as our new and returning students come back to campus for another great year. We look forward to helping them succeed and making the most of the semester. 

As always please feel free to contact us at 901.678.2115 or with any questions or concerns. We know that your student will continue to look to you for advice and guidance and we want to help you help your student. 

How you can help your student...

  • Encourage your student to always go to class, and to use a day planner to keep up with assignments. Students can get a free planner at the beginning of each year with their student ID in the University Center.
  • Remind them that attending study groups can be a fun and interactive way to get prepared.
  • Let your student know that professors are available during their office hours, and they are there to help.
  • Be there! Students will often turn to the safety of family when times are tough, and it is important to know that you will always be there for them.
  • Encourage your student to ask for help when needed.
  • Encourage your student to make time for exercise, healthy meals, and sleep.

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To stay up to date on all upcoming dates and deadlines, please check out our Parent & Family e-calendar.

August 24-26: Residence Hall Move-In

August 25: Fee Payment Deadline, 4:30 pm (All registered courses will be DELETED if not paid In full or signed up/paid on the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) by the Fee Payment Deadline)

August 25: Last Day of Regular Registration

August 26-31: Late Registration Period

August 28: First Day of Classes, Fall 2017;  New Student Convocation, Rose Theatre, 2:30 pm

August 31: Last Day to Add/Change Classes

September 4: Labor Day (University Closed)

September 4: Last Day to Register for Parent & Family Weekend

September 10: Last Day to Drop Class for No Grade

September 5-10: Panhellenic Recruitment

September 15-17: Parent & Family Weekend

September 22-23: Homecoming

September 30: 1st Installment Fee Payment Deadline

October 1: Submit your FAFSA for 2018-2019

October 14-17: Fall Break

October 20: Last Day to Drop a Course

October 30: 2nd Installment Fee Payment Deadline

November 13: Spring 2018 Registration Begins

November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break (University Closed)

November 30: 3rd Installment Fee Payment Deadline

December 6: Last Day of Classes

December 8-14: Exams

December 17: Commencement



Join us for Parent & Family Weekend, September 15-17!

Parent & Family Weekend, September 15-17, is less than 1 month away! Whether you are a local or from outside the Mid-South, Parent and Family Weekend is a wonderful time to see your student, visit campus and get to experience life as a Tiger! You will have the opportunity to meet other Tiger families, faculty and University administrators. Visit the Parent & Family Weekend website to register, for the schedule of events, and more information. Registration closes Monday, September 4. 

Get your 2017-2018 Parent & Family Calendar

Purchase your 2017-2018 Parent & Family Calendar today! The calendar is filled with the dates, deadlines, and information to help you help your student over the next year. Visit the Parent & Family Calendar website to purchase.

Parents of the Class of 2021!

Hopefully, by now you've become familiar with our Complete to Compete initiative which was shared with many of you during New Student Orientation (NSO). We hope you found the session valuable and will continue to use Complete to Compete as a guide for your students' college experience. For those who missed out on our session at NSO, Complete to Compete is an initiative dedicated to graduating students in 4 years or less. For example, please keep the following in mind as your student finalizes their schedule for the coming academic year:

  • To be a member of the Class of 2021 your student needs to complete 30 credits/year (generally 15/term).
  • Students who attempt 30 hours a year graduate a full 3 semesters earlier than those who take 26 hours a year (that's a saving of at least $12,000 in tuition!).
  • Completing 30 hours as a freshman almost doubles your student's likelihood to graduate.
  • Credits 13, 14, & 15 only cost about $180 compared to $1,200+ if taken as part of a 12-hour load.
  • National Research published in Forbes Magazine shows that the cost to students who graduate in 6 years is about $200,000 more in expenses and lost earnings as compared to those who finish in 4 years. Time is money.
  • 5 classes a semester leaves plenty of time for involvement on campus and student engagement.

For additional information on the Complete to Compete initiative email or call 901-678-3170.




Fall 2017 Reminders: Fall registration has been open to all degree-seeking students since April 3. Refer to the Fall 2017 calendar for Important Dates and Deadlines. Please remind your students that they must be advised before they can register; the registration system will not allow a degree-seeking student to register if he or she has not been cleared by an advisor.

The last day of regular registration is Friday, August 25. Students who register after this date will be subject to late registration and late payment fees. Encourage your students to print and review their class schedules before their first day of classes. Building and room assignments are sometimes changed at the last minute. Also, some students mistakenly sign up for course sections not realizing that they are being offered at remote locations (Millington, Collierville, our Lambuth Campus in Jackson, etc.) rather than the main campus. Let's make sure that everyone is where they are supposed to be.


Fall Fee Payment Deadline is August 25, 2017, by 4:30 p.m.
Do not let your student lose their classes by missing the fee payment deadline.

Students who register for classes through August 25 will need to satisfy fee payment requirements by the fee payment deadline above to avoid deletion of their registered classes. For additional Fee Payment Deadline Information and important dates and deadlines, please refer to the Fee Payment Deadlines/Refunds/Important Dates calendar.

Please note that unless your student's financial aid, scholarship and/or sponsorship covers 100% of their enrollment fees, remaining fees MUST be paid in full or through the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) by August 25. To take advantage of the IPP, an initial down payment of 25% of the balance due is required after all financial aid (grants and student loans), scholarship, and/or third party assistance award amounts have been applied. Housing, Dining Dollars, and a $50 enrollment fee will automatically be included in IPP. See full IPP details.

Please Note: Students can enroll you as an Authorized User on TigerXpress so that you can view and pay the outstanding balances on TigerXpress and receive email notification when eBills are available.

Other Important Information, Dates and, Deadlines:

  • August 21 – Deadline to sign up for eRefunds (Direct Deposit) for initial disbursement
  • August 25 – Financial Aid/Scholarship Initial Disbursement of eRefunds begins
  • Students can now consent to receive their 1098-T electronically on TigerXpress

Financial Aid and Scholarships

eRefunds will begin to post to the students' bank accounts beginning August 25, 2017. Students who did not sign up for eRefunds will have their refund check mailed to their local address on file with the University beginning September 1, 2017.

Review additional information about financial aid/scholarship disbursements on the Financial Aid Disbursement page.

Residence Life

2017 Fall Check-In

The residence halls will be open during the following hours for check-in:

  • Thursday, August 24th, 2017 - 1 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday, August 25th, 2017 - 1 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 26th, 2017 - 1 PM – 4:30 PM

These are times your student may pick up their key. Your student may move their belongings in anytime at their convenience after they pick up their key. Failure to claim a room by 4:30 PM on Saturday, August 26th, 2017, will result in the loss of the room assignment (and the charge of the $200.00 cancellation fee.) If your student is unable to check-in by 4:30 PM on Saturday, August 26th, 2017, they must contact the Residence Life Office at 901-678-2295 and request to be placed on the Late Arrivals List to avoid the $200.00 cancellation fee and the loss of their housing assignment.

TO CHECK-IN YOUR STUDENT WILL NEED THEIR VALID UNIVERSITY ID. In order to have a secured housing assignment with the University of Memphis, all students must have a minimum enrollment of 6 hours.

Room Change: If your student wishes to change room assignments, they may request a room change during the Room Change period, August 31-September 1. They will receive information on room change at check-in. They are expected to occupy the room stated on their Fall 2017 housing assignment until the room change period. NO MOVES ARE ALLOWED PRIOR TO ROOM CHANGE.

Meal Plan Change: If your student wishes to change Meal Plans, they have until September 1 to email stating which meal plan they currently have (if applicable) and what meal plan they wish to change to. After September 1, if a meal plan change is requested the cancellation fees are based on the calendar set by the Bursar's office.

Meningitis Vaccine Documentation: Tennessee State Law requires all students new to the University and living on campus to be immunized against meningococcal disease before moving into the residence halls or on-campus housing. In order to properly comply with this regulation, you must get the Meningitis vaccine and submit the appropriate documentation to the Student Health Center. If you have questions, please contact the Student Health Center at 901-678-2287. 

Dining Services

Has Your Student Signed Up for a Meal Plan? Dining on campus isn't one-size fits all, so Tiger Dining offers a variety of meal plan options to meet any commuter or resident student's dining needs. New this fall, students have the flexibility to use a lunch swipe for a grab & go combo at 8 locations across campus! Residents, add a plan to your account by sending a message to Commuters sign up online. Last day for commuters to bill a meal plan to student account is August 18.



Career Services

Whether your student is a first-time freshman or graduating senior, Career Services is here to help them progress through the career development process. Encourage your student to take full advantage of the resources available through our office, located in 400 Wilder Tower.

One of our most requested services is individual appointments with Career Services staff members. Appointment topics include choosing or changing a major, resume and cover letter development, interview skills practice, job search strategies, and graduate school application preparation.

Encourage your student to login to the TigerLink career management system. Currently, enrolled students will use their MyMemphis username and password to access TigerLink.

The TigerLink system provides job and internship listings, online resume and cover letter critique, online mock interview preparation, and online appointment scheduling.

Career Services is also available at the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus. Call 731-425-7398 for more information on the programs and services available at Lambuth. 

Campus Recreation Intramural Services

CRIS invites all students to attend our free annual back-to-school event, Rec Fest, on Sunday, August 27 from 5 - 7 pm at the Rec Center. This event features food, games, group fitness class demos, a splash contest, a battleship game and a new log-rolling game in the pool, and more! Please encourage your students to attend this fun event to relax before classes begin the following day and to get acquainted with all the great facilities and programs that we offer at the Rec Center! For more information, click here or call 901.678.2801.

Campus ID Cards

Students can manage their Campus (ID) Card online 24/7.

  • Deactivate their lost, misplaced, or stolen card to prevent unauthorized use
  • Activate their found card
  • View card balance(s) and meal plan (if applicable)
  • Add additional funds to their card using a credit card

The Campus Card Office is located in 115 Wilder Tower and in 109 Varnell-Jones Hall on the Lambuth Campus. Offices are open 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. They can be contacted at 901-678-CARD (2273) or at

Technology for your Student

Looking for Microsoft Office for your student? Did you know Microsoft Office Suite is available at no cost in PC and Mac platforms for your currently enrolled student? The software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Office is a great tool for completing coursework and assignments.

Your student can download a copy of the software to their computer or laptop. To learn more about downloading Microsoft Office, have your student visit the Office website.

Student Discounts

Students can use their Student ID at various locations on Highland to receive discounts. Additionally, Garibaldi's, Moe's, McDonald's, RP Tracks, Ubee's, Lenny's, Burgerim, and Domino's will accept Tiger Funds. Faculty, staff, and students can use the Tiger Funds on their Campus Card to eat in or take out. To upload money to Tiger Funds, visit the Campus Card website. 

First South Financial's Tiger Banking Center 

Free checking for U of M students Back to Campus is just around the corner and that means lots of decisions, some of them more complicated than others. However, where to bank is easy!

First South offers FREE checking to all UofM faculty, students, and staff. No minimum balance requirement, no monthly service fee. And your student can manage their account on the go using the mobile banking app, available in a device's app store.

Plus, check out all of the latest specials!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to visit the Tiger Banking Center located on campus (above the University Bookstore) or contact us directly at 901.678.4040 or at

University Eye Care

University Eye Care, a full-service optometry clinic operated on the University of Memphis campus by Southern College of Optometry. Located just above the Tiger Book Store in the V. Lane Rawlins Service Court, University Eye Care offers eye examinations, contact lens, frames, and sunglasses. Most insurance plans are accepted, so students may receive care through their parents' insurance plans. A number of eye care pricing packages are available for students. Visit the University Eye Care website, call (901) 252-3697 or email for information or to make an appointment



New Student Convocation, August 28 at 2:30

New Student Convocation, also known as #TigerTraining is an opportunity for new students to learn the traditions of the University of Memphis. At the event they will hear from President M. David Rudd, Provost Karen Weddle-West, Vice President for Student Affairs Darrell Ray, and numerous others about how they can make the most of their time here including doing well academically and getting involved in co-curricular activities and Tiger Athletics. Students receive a t-shirt and will participate in the alumni pep rally following the event, which should take about one hour overall. We hope you will encourage your new student to attend!

Student Involvement Fair

Have your student come join us for the 2017 Student Involvement Fair taking place on Monday, August 28 right after New Student Convocation! Any registered student organization for the 2017-18 academic year will be present at a table along with several local volunteer agencies.

Welcome Weekend Day of Service

The University is hosting a day of service during welcome weekend & we want all our students to join us! On Saturday, August 26 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm students, faculty, and staff will be taking their talents out into the city of Memphis and giving back to the city we love. Check-In will be from 7:45-8:15 am in the University Center Ballrooms, hot breakfast provided. Encourage your student to sign up today! 

Frosh Frenzy

Frosh Frenzy is August 25 from 5:00pm-7:00 pm. Students will check in at the Central Parking Lot beginning at 5:00 pm. Shuttles will take students to the Liberty Bowl for a mini tailgate, where they will then be led by the marching band, cheer squad, and volunteers into the stadium. Once they get on the field, they will receive a swag bag filled with things including shirts, visors, and more. They will be introduced to Tiger spirit and traditions by Tiger Athletics and hear from Coach Mike Norvell! Students can sign up here.

Fraternities & Sororities

Is your student planning to participate in this year's Panhellenic Formal Recruitment?

If so, join us Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00 pm in the University Center Beale Room for the Parent Panel during Panhellenic Recruitment Orientation. This information session will provide insight into the Panhellenic experience from other parents whose students are members of Panhellenic sororities. For more information, contact Jennifer Williams at



Memphis-led team awarded $13.8 million to develop mPerf mobile sensor technology for workplace assessment. Many of us use mobile sensors to monitor our health and wellness. These sensors can now also be used to help us improve our work performance and productivity.

UofM Receives THEC Grant to Create Memphis Career Preparation Academy. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has awarded a total of $773,447 to the University of Memphis and three community colleges to increase student success and outcomes.

UofM Board of Trustees Approves Funding Model for Football Practice Facility. In a special called meeting, the University of Memphis Board of Trustees approved the financial structure for the Tiger football indoor practice facility on the Park Avenue campus. The facility will include a practice field, dining area and football operations office. The Board also approved initial ground and utility preparation work for the football practice facility.



Visit the Athletics website for all athletic sports schedules.
Make sure you have your ticket! Visit the box office website o purchase tickets!

Football: Tigers Wrap Camp Lambuth. The Memphis Tigers football team wrapped up its three-day trip to Jackson with a scrimmage in front of a great crowd at the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus Saturday in Jackson.

W. Soccer: Lisi Called into Canada EXCEL Camp. Memphis sophomore midfielder Jessica Lisi has been called into Canada Soccer's EXCEL camp, in its final preparations for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. The camp runs August 11-18 in Burnaby, British Columbia.