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Parents of Incoming Freshmen

Welcome to the University of Memphis!  We are so excited to welcome you and your family into the University of Memphis community.  Below you will find important information for your student as they prepare to attend the University of Memphis. 

Important Dates:

Scholarship Admissions Deadline: December 1, 2014

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: March 1, 2015

New Student Orientation: For a complete list of dates, please click here.

Frosh Camp:

  • Session I: June 15 - June 18, 2015
  • Session II: July 13 - July 16, 2015
  • Session III: August 3 - August 6, 2015

Residence Hall Move-In:

  • Thursday, August 20, 2015, 1:00 to 4:30 pm
    • Emerging Leaders and Honors Program Residents assigned to the Living Learning Complex
  • Friday, August 21, 2015
    • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Noon): Residents of Rawls Hall
    • 1:00 to 4:30 pm: All Residents
    Saturday, August 22, 2015
    • 1:00 to 4:30 pm: All Residents

First Day of Classes: Monday, August 24, 2015 

New Student Convocation: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm in Rose Theatre

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid administers federal, state, and institutional aid programs to qualified students. To receive financial aid, qualified students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Financial Aid priority deadline is March 1. For more information on your student applying for and receiving financial aid, please click here.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Office awards hundreds of academic scholarships each year to entering freshmen.  A separate scholarship application is not required unless noted. The deadline for admission to the University of Memphis for scholarship consideration is December 1.

There are also non-academic scholarships available to students.  For a list of scholarships and more information on scholarship offers, please click here.

For information on cost of attendance, please visit the Financial Aid website or click here.

New Student and Parent Orientation

Students and parents are encouraged to attend orientation, as it prepares both for college life at the University of Memphis.  Parents have a chance to learn about their student’s new home and ask all the questions they like. Please register early as the sessions fill up quickly.

For more information on New Student Orientation, please click here.

For more information on Parent Orientation, please click here.

Frosh Camp

Held during the summer, Frosh Camp is an opportunity to help students to prepare for their transition to college.  It is also a wonderful introduction to the University and to being a Tiger!  For more information, please click here. Please register early as the sessions do fill quickly. 

ALEKS Math Placement Test

To better ensure student success, the University of Memphis has adopted a mandatory placement assessment, known as ALEKS. Because students are admitted with a wide variety of strengths and backgrounds in mathematics, it is reasonable to expect that there will be various levels of readiness among students.

ALEKS is a powerful artificial intelligence based mechanism to assess math proficiency and skill level. It is important for student success in mathematics that they enroll in a course for which they have the necessary preparation and which leads to the math courses required for their particular major. For more information, click here.


Make sure to check out all the resources that we have on our website to help you and your student transition into college life.  Below are just a few of the pages that might be helpful.

Living On and Off Campus

We encourage students to live on campus their first year of college as it gives them the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the college experience and to get involved on campus.  For more information on the residence options available to students, please visit the Residence Life web site

For students who live off campus, there are a variety of options within walking distance or a short drive from the university.  Adult and Commuter Student Services manages a site dedicated to off-campus housing. Please review our Parents of Commuter Students page as well.

Meal Plans

Whether living on or off campus, there are a variety of meal plan options for all of our students.  Please click here to view the various options. 

Parent Handbook: Living On and Off Campus

Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment

For our students who are interested in joining a Fraternity or Sorority, please visit the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website for more information by clicking here.

Important Links:

Publications for Parents

Tips for Parents of Incoming Freshmen

University of Memphis Vocabulary

Financial Aid Office

Scholarship Office

New Student Orientation

Frosh Camp

Residence Life

Off Campus Housing

Meal Plans

Opening Week Events

New Student Convocation

Greek Affairs

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