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What UofM Lambuth Means to Us, to You and to the Region.


The University of Memphis will be recognized as one of America's great metropolitan research universities, noted for its comprehensive, innovative academic programs and for capitalizing on the region and its urban settings in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee to address the challenges of our global society.


We provide the highest quality education by focusing on research and service benefiting local and global communities. The mission of the University of Memphis at Lambuth is to advance that mission with an emphasis on instruction and service to Jackson, TN and the West Tennessee region.  


Lambuth University was founded in December 1843 as the Memphis Conference Female Institute. Created by the Memphis Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, under a charter received from the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee authorizing its founding, the school began educating the people of West Tennessee.

In November 1921 the Memphis Annual Conference voted to establish a coeducational institution, and in 1923, the school admitted its first male students. With that development, the school's name was changed to Lambuth College, in honor of the Reverend Walter R. Lambuth, M.D., a pioneer Methodist missionary bishop.

In July 1991 the historic liberal arts "college" became a university. During the school's 168-year lifetime, it earned an outstanding academic reputation and was recognized as one of the nation's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Post.

As a small institution, Lambuth fell victim to dwindling fiscal resources, and as a result, it was forced to cease independent operation in June 2011, and the region lost an important resource. Enter the University of Memphis. Recognizing the vital role of the university, civic leaders and government officials worked to maintain the Lambuth campus as a part of the University of Memphis, a public four-year research university. In August 2011 the University began offering classes at the Lambuth campus in Jackson. The University of Memphis is proud to have revived this campus and invest in this area. We firmly believe that excellence in higher education knows no limits. We are nationally recognized, but locally yours—the people of greater West Tennessee and beyond. 

Featured Facts

  • 21 bachelor degrees, 8 master's degrees, and 2 doctoral degrees in a variety of areas
  • Enrollment of over 950 students
  • Student/Faculty ratio of 15:1
  • Nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report on the Honor Roll for Teacher Quality in the teacher preparation area
  • Military Friendly Schools list for 2015
  • Nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for top 10 best internship programs in the United States
  • Ranked 14th best online RN to BSN program nationally
  • Ranked 23rd in the top 25 online MBA programs across the US by The Princeton Review
  • MSN online program ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked one of the top online Criminal Justice programs of 2015 by BestColleges.com
  • Selected one of 353 "green" colleges and universities by The Princeton Review
  • Over 50 study abroad programs available
  • National collegiate honors program available
  • Average ACT score for entering students is 22
  • UofM Lambuth is a Level 2 Certified Arboretum as designated by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (Map)
  • Highest required score in the state for the edTPA Education assessment and has a 100% passing rate
  • Home of the M.D. Anderson Planetarium
  • Jackson, Tennessee designated "most livable" small city in the U.S. by the U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Scholarships are available - Contact us for more information!