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End of Fall Semester Update

Dear Campus Community:

As promised, I am providing another periodic update regarding admissions and fundraising efforts.  As of this week, we have a total of 12,562 first-time undergraduate applications (i.e. first-time freshman and transfers) for the main campus, representing an increase of 244% over last year.  This includes an increase in first-time freshman applications of 263% and transfer applications of 52% (despite the TN Promise).  Undergraduate applications to the Lambuth Campus total 418, a 260% increase over the prior year. Most of the gains have been within our 250-mile radius strategic target area, but we certainly have improved our regional and national footprint, with remarkable improvement in applications from east Tennessee.  In terms of admissions, we have a total of 4,770 to date for both campuses (79% increase over this time last year), with a first-time freshman increase of 83% and a transfer increase of 5%.  Now, we are working to actually get them to our campus and convince them to enroll at the University of Memphis!

Our fundraising efforts have had excellent returns in the first six months.  Here are the totals to date:

 

JUL 1 thru NOV 30, 2013

JUL 1 thru NOV 30, 2014

DIFFERENCE

Athletics

$1,500,570.19

$7,693,941.92

$6,193,371.73

Academics

$4,056,634.81

$7,206,291.46

$3,149,656.65

TOTAL

$5,557,205.00

$14,900,233.38

$9,343,028.38

As you can see, we have experienced significant increases, almost tripling our totals from last year.  We have made an effort to leverage our athletic visibility in order to achieve gains on the academic side, a strategy that appears to be working with over $7 million raised for academics. These totals do not include over $12 million in proposals that are actively under consideration.

I hope that you all are doing well.  Let me wish you and your families the best for the holiday season.  If you have not had a chance to view our holiday greeting card, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to do so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xuv6ay6LCM&feature=youtu.be

Warm Regards for 2015!

M. David Rudd | President

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