Parent Handbook: Academics at UofM

There are 12 different Schools and Colleges at the University of Memphis Main and Lambuth Campuses, plus off-campus locations including: Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Millington, Whitehaven, and Dyersburg. Students seeking a degree are admitted to a school or college and not the University itself. Consequently, most academic policies, rules, and regulations are unique to the specific school or college to which a student applies. Each student should familiarize themselves with their specific school or college’s policies and degree requirements.

Those students who are non-degree seeking must apply to the University. These students should be aware that students can take only up to 1/3 of a degree requirement’s load before having to apply to a school or college.


Academic year calendars mark the major activity dates (class start/end dates, exam dates, and commencement) of each term and its parts. Each Academic Year begins with the Fall term and ends at the conclusion of the Summer term (Ex, Fall 2010- Summer 2011). Students wanting registration, add/drop, fee payment, etc., dates and deadlines for a particular, immediate term should review the Dates & Deadlines Calendar for that term.


At The University of Memphis, our vision is that academic advising will empower students, impact decisions, and exceed expectations. Academic advising is one of the ways that each new student can have one-on-one contact with a supportive member of the University community.  Each undergraduate student will be required to meet with an academic advisor every semester.  This meeting can be an important opportunity to assess the freshman student's adjustment to college. 

Freshmen meet with their academic advisor for the first time at New Student Orientation. The first advising appointment is a chance to meet the advisor and get acquainted.  In addition, freshmen will plan for the first semester of classes during this meeting.  Registration is completed at New Student Orientation.

Future meetings with the academic advisor will help the student clarify academic, career, and personal goals.  The relationship with the academic advisor is enhanced by the active participation of the student.  Read more about student and advisor responsibility in academic advising.

What is Advising?

The purpose of academic advising is to facilitate the intellectual and personal development of our students, to enhance their academic performance, and to ensure student progress toward graduation by assisting them in achieving the following objectives:

  • Choosing, clarifying, planning and achieving their life goals;
  • Exploring academic options so that they can make meaningful short- and long-term decisions
  • Identifying a major program to achieve educational, career, and life goals
  • Selecting courses that integrate their educational and personal goals
  • Assuming responsibility for current information about University degree requirements, including General Education, academic policies, practices, programs and support services.

Academic Advising

Tutoring Services:

Educational Support Program provides academic assistance for classes that students are currently taking at the UofM. ESP free services are available to graduate and undergraduate students. Tutoring is offered both on campus at one of our Educational Support Program Centers and online. Currently, the University offers online tutoring in Math, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Writing.

Educational Support Program

Academic Regulations

As with all colleges and universities, students are bound by academic regulations.  For more information on each of the topics, please click the link.

Class Attendance

  • Adding and Dropping Courses
  • Withdrawal from the University
  • Enrollment Transactions

Classification of Students

Academic Standards - Grades and Quality Points

  • Grades and Quality Points
    • Grade of Incomplete
    • In Progress
    • Grade Changes
    • “T” Grade
  • Grade Reports
  • Withholding of Grade Reports
  • Repetition of Courses
  • Audit Courses
  • Credit/No-Credit Courses

Undergraduate Grade Appeal Procedure

  • Purpose
  • Procedure

Computing Grade Point Average

Academic Fresh Start

Academic Status and Retention

Recognition of Academic Performance

  • Dean’s List
  • Graduation with Distinction

Transfer Credit from Other Institutions

  • Transfer Credit from Previous Instruction
  • Earning Transfer Credit after Enrollment at the University of Memphis
  • Transfer Credit from Distance Education

Additional Means of Earning Credit

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • Credit for Instruction in the Armed Services
  • Credit for Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction
  • Credit by Examination
  • CLEP and DANTES Standardized Examinations
  • Departmental Examination
  • Upper Division Credit by Validation Examination
  • Credit for Course Placement and Completion
  • Credit for Experimental Learning by Assessment