Five Things to Know About the University of Memphis
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1. A Basketball Power:
Memphis has made three NCAA Final Four appearances, most recently reaching the national championship game in 2008. The Tigers, who have gone to the Elite Eight six times, have played in 23 NCAA tournaments, won nine conference championships and won the 2002 NIT title.
2. FedEx Forum Is State-Of-The-Art:
Memphis plays its home men’s basketball games at the FedExForum, which opened in 2004. The facility, which accommodates 18,119 spectators for basketball, has hosted NCAA regionals in both men’s and women’s basketball and also serves as the home arena for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. The Tigers were a combined 110-13 in the facility during its first six years, including a 47-game winning streak from 2006-08. The $250 million facility is located in the heart of Memphis’ famous Beale Street.
3. Outstanding Academics:
The University of Memphis has a number of academic distinctions spanning a variety of disciplines. The university has 25 Chairs of Excellence –state-designated definitive authorities in their respective fields of study – more than any other school in Tennessee. The university’s audiology program is ranked No. 8 and its speech-language pathology program is rated No. 13 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. And the university’s Fogelman College of Business and Economics is ranked by Princeton Review as one of the top 10 business schools for minority students.
4. Memphis Has Soul:
The City of Memphis’ musical roots run deep. Considered the “Home of the Blues” and the “Birthplace of Rock ‘N Roll,” Memphis has a deep connection to popular American music, including the world-famous Beale Street, which is the entertainment center of the city. Elvis Presley’s Graceland, located in the city, is one of the five most-visited home tours in the nation and is the most famous home in the United States after the White House.
5. The Hub of the Mid-South:
The University of Memphis is located in the largest city in the state of Tennessee, the third-largest in the southeastern United States and the 20th-largest in the United States. The greater Memphis metropolitan area, which includes adjacent counties in Mississippi and Arkansas, had a 2010 population of more than 1.3 million, which comprises a top-50 media market.