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Fast Facts

Memphis University School is a non-denominational and non-discriminatory college-preparatory day school for boys in Grades 7-12. With an enrollment of 630 students, MUS offers a diverse and challenging curriculum that balances academics, athletics, and the arts while teaching the value of honor, integrity, and strength of character.

Academic Support
We know how to educate boys, and we give them the support, structure, and challenge they need to thrive.
  • Our teachers care about the students, and they get to know them individually. Instructor schedules are structured so there is time to meet with students outside the classroom.
  • Lower School students receive training and coaching in study skills.
  • Boys can seek help in the Lower School English Lab and Math Lab and the Upper School Writing Center and Math and Science Lab.
  • Peer Tutors are available to help students.
  • Throughout the school year, we offer proctored after-school study sessions (until 5 p.m.) as well as evening study halls (6-8 p.m).
  • Free PSAT prep sessions prepare students for standardized testing.
  • The Joseph R. Hyde, Jr. Library Learning Center offers outstanding resources for academic assistance.

Alumni
We have an active and vital community of over 4,450 alumni that supports the school and provides a network for career opportunities. As of August 2018, 460 Memphis-area alumni are corporate officers (presidents, vice presidents, CEOs, CFOs, or COOs) of various companies. Local alumni hold 648 seats on nonprofit boards.

AP and Honors Accelerated Courses
We offer 22 different Advanced Placement courses for possible college credit. Historically, more than 90 percent of our students score a 3 or higher on AP examinations. We also offer 20 Honors Accelerated courses, designed to be equivalent in rigor to AP courses.

Campus 
MUS is situated on 94 acres of wooded property in East Memphis.

Co-EDGE 
MUS and the adjacent all-girl Hutchison School coordinate to offer joint academic, artistic, athletic, civic service, and leadership programs and activities.

College Admissions
 
We have a 100 percent college-acceptance rate. A full-time director of college counseling and two assistant directors assist students and families in the college preparation, selection, and application process. The Class of 2018 was accepted to 142 different schools in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

College Testing 
During the last five years, our mid-range SAT I scores and ACT composite scores have been approximately 30 percent above the national average.

Community Service 
A student’s responsibility to society is a priority at MUS. The student-run Civic Service Organization leads community service projects throughout the year.

Counseling Services 
The Kemmons Wilson Leadership Development and Counseling Department promotes learning and facilitates the social, intellectual, and emotional development of our students. The counseling staff advises student organizations, administers various parent and student education programs, and addresses student concerns through personal guidance.

Faculty 
The faculty challenges, inspires, and nurtures growing minds. About 70 percent hold a master’s degree or doctorate, and they average 23 years of teaching experience. Sixteen faculty and staff members are alumni.

Financial Aid 
Approximately 33 percent of the student body receives some financial assistance totaling about $2.6 million. All financial aid at MUS is need-based.

Funding
Tuition covers 80 percent of the school’s operating costs, with the balance being met by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and endowments. During the past five years, the Annual Fund has raised more than $12 million for the operation of the school. In addition, MUS has a $55 million endowment fund that generates income used for scholarships, teachers’ salaries, and the general operations of the school.

History
The original MUS was founded in 1893 and closed in 1936 during the Great Depression. The present MUS was chartered in 1954 and opened for operation in 1955.

Honor Code 
The student-run Honor Council helps to maintain the school’s motto Veritas Honorque – Truth and Honor – and does not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing.

Sports 
The school has athletic teams in 14 interscholastic sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, trapshooting, and wrestling. About 80 percent of students participate in one or more teams.

Student-Faculty Ratio 
The student-faculty ratio for classroom teachers is 7 to 1. Typical class size is 15 students.

Student Activities 
MUS offers its students numerous extracurricular activities in such areas as government, publications, music, theater, athletics, honor societies, and more than two dozen clubs of popular interest.
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