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Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) approved tuition increases for all technical, two-year and four-year institutions governed by the system for the 2016-17 academic year.

At the University of Memphis, tuition will increase 2.3 percent for undergraduate, graduate and law students. This represents a $7 per credit hour increase for undergraduates, an $11 per credit hour increase for graduate students and an $18 per credit hour increase for students attending law school. There will be no additional increase for out-of-state students.

This announcement means that undergraduate in-state students taking a full academic course load of 12 hours will pay $7,488 per year, plus mandatory fees of $1,637. In-state graduate students taking at least ten hours will pay $9,800 a year, plus mandatory fees of $1,643. Students in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will pay $16,688 plus $1,475 in mandatory fees.

The increase in undergraduate tuition is less than that of the previous year and continues to be well below the eight percent average increase in tuition at the UofM over the previous 15 years. The University of Memphis remains committed to maintaining affordability and accessibility for our students. We are able to keep tuition and fee increases low due to cost-saving initiatives and efficiency measures. Our goal is to provide a quality education in an environment that promotes and provides for student success.

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Campus Community,

We are greatly saddened by the tragic event in Orlando, Florida. When the loss of innocent lives is the result of hate, as a society, we must respond. As our campus comes together in solidarity, we will support those of us who are grieving, feeling helpless and angry as we continue to reaffirm our commitment to the inclusion and safety of each individual.

The Offices of Student Leadership & Involvement, Multicultural Affairs and the Counseling Center will lead us in reflection and remembrance tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the University Center Atrium. All students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend. Psychologists will be available for private meetings, and the Counseling Center is available 24/7. In cases of emergency after hours, call 678-HELP. Information from the American Psychological Association is also available here.

In the coming weeks, the Critical Conversations Committee will continue to plan events and discussions focused on diversity, inclusiveness and anti-violence.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless incident.


M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Karen Weddle-West
Provost | Director of Diversity Initiatives


Dear Faculty and Staff:

Here’s a quick update on summer enrollment. The 2016 unduplicated headcount stands at 5,595 compared to 5,363 in 2015, a total of 4.3% growth this year. Total credit hours stand at 32,557 as compared to 31,536 in 2015, representing growth of 3.2%. Overall, we gained considerable ground with continuing students, online, off campus (Collierville) and our 3+3 program. We have a total of 4,658 continuing students enrolled this summer, the highest since 2011. UofM online enrollment reached 3,215 students generating 9,226 credit hours. Online enrollment, including RODP, is up 11% year-to-date. Off-campus course enrollment continues to outpace last year (up more than 26%) with Collierville enrollment up more than 40%. A total of 274 students took advantage of the 3+3 program, a 48% increase over last year. All colleges/schools have surpassed 2015 course enrollment headcounts except Fogelman College of Business & Economics, which is down about 11%, and the College of Education, which is flat year after year. As this data indicates, we are making some meaningful progress.

Graduation numbers have also increased. Although the certification numbers for the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law have not been completed, we have certified 2,194 degrees thus far for May 2016 and are on track to easily surpass the 2,204 degrees from May 2015.

Additionally, for the upcoming fall semester, the anticipated housing occupancy has increased 12.9%. That equates to approximately 199 rooms.

Thank you for your hard work, innovation and commitment to our students.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor
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