Explore Your Options
We’re so glad that you have chosen The University of Memphis, and we would like to get you started on how to best maximize your experience at our institution. Below are a few tips and tricks on how to become a true blue tiger before attending New Student Orientation.
Choosing a Major
- The Undergraduate Catalog gives details about each major available.
- In the section of the Catalog titled “Colleges and Degree Programs,” look for majors that interest you.
- Choose the one or two majors to read more carefully.
- Check the 4 year plan for each major to see what courses are suggested for the first
Each course in the 4 year plan has a certain number of hours listed beside it. Twelve hours is considered full time; however, many first year students take 15-18 hours of coursework. Taking 15 hours per semester for 8 semesters allows a student to graduate in 4 years.
- If you are not sure what major you want to pursue, you have the option of beginning your college career as "undeclared," which gives you time to explore the majors of greatest interest to you. "Undeclared" students are advised in the Academic Counseling Center by professional advisors who will assist you with seeking a major and a career.
- Focus 2 is an online assessment designed to help students learn about careers and majors that fit their interests and strengths. You will need to create your account according to the instructions.
- Transfer students can utilize the Transfer Equivalency Table to help get an idea which classes will transfer for academic credit. Classes not included on this equivalency table will be reviewed by an admissions analyst during credit evaluation.
Taking General Education
Many of the courses in the first semester are General Education courses, often referred to as “Gen Ed” courses. Look over the Catalog information regarding “University General Education Program.”
- Be prepared to tell your advisor which courses in these categories sound interesting to you.
- Mathematics (3 hours required)
- Social/Behavioral Science (6 hours required)
- Humanities and Fine Arts (one literature course plus 6 hours required)
- Natural Science (8 hours required)
When you meet with your advisor, you should tell him or her about any of the following items that pertain to you.
- Dual Enrollment: Any college level courses during high school. You will need to ask the COLLEGE or UNIVERSITY through which you took these courses to have a transcript sent to The University of Memphis. Please bring an official or unofficial copy of your dual enrollment transcript to orientation just in case! If you took them through The University of Memphis, your transcript is here already.
- AP Credit: Any AP courses for which you took or will take the AP Test. Check the AP table to see what score you need to place out of courses at The University of Memphis. If you place out of a course by earning AP credit, you receive an S for the course, and you are allowed to take any subsequent courses in that area.
- ACT Proficiency Exam Program: Students scoring 29 or higher on the ACT English Sub Score or the equivalent SAT Verbal Score will be awarded 3 hours credit for ENGL 1010 with ACT scores for this credit being valid for 3 years. The University of Memphis awards 3 hours of credit for MATH 1710 College Algebra to students with an ACT Math subscore of 29 or above. Students who have previously taken MATH 1710 and earned a passing or failing grade are not eligible. ACT scores for this credit are valid for 2 years.
- CLEP Tests: Students have the option of taking a test to determine if they have the knowledge required in some college courses through a nationally recognized battery of tests referred to as CLEP tests, or College Level Examination Program. If a test is successfully completed, the student will receive course credit for the appropriate class.
- Language Media Center: Some degree programs require students to complete courses in a world language. For a new language, or if you know your skills are weak, you will begin with the 1010 level of the language. If you want to continue with the same language from high school and feel you have a solid background, you should take a placement test in the Language Media Center in Jones 220 to determine which course you are ready to take. Select Language Placement and Credit for more details about placement testing. Select Student Resources for Language Media Center hours.
Participation in Special Opportunities
Several programs have been designed to support students as they make their adjustment to college studies and campus life. Talk to your Orientation Guides and your advisor to see if these opportunities are right for you!
- ACAD 1100: This program is designed to teach the academic strategies and self-management skills necessary to be a successful college student.
- Tiger Learning Communities: Learning Communities consist of courses tied together with a specific theme or academic major. Students in a Tiger Learning Community make connections on many levels - with other students in the community, with the specially-chosen faculty who teach and serve as mentors, and with the courses that revolve around the theme/major.
- Helen Hardin Honors College: High achieving students are encouraged to apply for the Honors College at The University of Memphis.
- Pre-Health: Students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant studies or in one of the allied health professions (including cytotechnology, dental hygiene, health informatics and information management, medical technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy) should take advantage of the information found on the Pre-Health website and let their advisor know of this interest.
- Pre-Law: Students interested in going to law school after completing their four-year degree should explore the Pre-Law website and let their advisor know of this interest.
- Trio Classic Program: This program provides support services to first-generation, low-income students and/or students with disabilities needing support services during their university years.
- Trio STEM Program: This program is designed specifically for 120 eligible students who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors at the UofM. Students must meet the eligibility requirements to become TRIO STEM Participants.
University of Memphis Traditions & Fight Song
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