Memphis Schools

Memphis University School


  • Grades Served: 7 – 12
  • 640 Students (All Boys)
  • 7 Students per Teacher
  • Methodology: Liberal Arts with emphasis on writing, reasoning, critical thinking
  • Theme: Boys School focusing on Academics, Honor, Character with strong athletics and arts programs
  • Languages Offered: Latin, French, Spanish
  • School Day: 8:10am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Care: 3:40pm – 5:30pm
  • Summer Programs: MUS offers a wide variety of activities for boys entering Grades K-12, including half-day and whole-day Camp U and sports camps.
  • Opened in 1893
  • Tuition Range: $22,260 Per Year
  • Need-based financial aid available
  • 33% of students receive Financial Aid
  • School pillars are academic excellence, cultivation of service and leadership, adherence to Honor Code, and the development of well-rounded young men of strong moral character, consistent with the school's Christian tradition.
  • The school community abides by the MUS Honor Code, which is administered by the student-run Honor Council.
  • MUS aspires to be a community of mutual respect and concern regardless of individual differences.
  • Teachers and counselors guide boys in learning how to learn, and they provide many avenues for academic support -- study skills sessions, English labs, math labs, study halls, peer tutoring, teacher office hours, and After-School Academic Program (Lower School).
  • MUS has a strong and growing arts program, encompassing studio arts, theater, speech, orchestra, concert band, jazz band, studio band, plus extracurricular drumline, and pep band.
  • Extracurriculars: Students may be involved in 14 interscholastic sports, student government, honor council, drama, publications, drumline, pep band, honor groups, and 30 clubs formed around student interests.
  • Gifted Education: With our small class sizes, teachers can challenge gifted students to stretch themselves. Math courses available to Advanced Topics with Multivariate Calculus. Topics could include differential equations; dynamical systems; chaos theory; mathematical (i.e., calculus-based) statistics; linear algebra; linear programming; discrete math; graph theory; error-detecting codes; irrational and even transcendental numbers; countability; constructability; solvability; number theory; and cryptography.
  • Parent Involvement: The Parents' Association is a vibrant community that reaches out to all parents and assists with many activities, including parent and student gatherings, faculty appreciation events, and bookstore sales.
  • Tours: Call the Admissions Office at (901) 260-1304 to schedule a personalized tour and visit. For a virtual tour, visit
  • Three full-time college counselors, a college-athlete counselor, and three guidance counselors are available to students. Regular group college meetings in Grades 9-12 and individual college meetings in Grades 11-12.

Enrollment Info

  • Application Requirements: Entrance exam
  • Priority Application Deadline: 12/10/2021
  • Financial Aid Application Deadline: 01/15/2021
  • Admission Notification Date: 02/10/2021
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Reviews (3)

  • College-like culture, opportunities for every studentParent 07/31/2015
    Boys schools are not the norm these days, but after seeing my children study there, among the wide variety of students, mentored by the faculty there, it truly is an exceptional experience for those who are willing to count the cost (financial, academic, accountability, high expectations). Not for everyone, MUS is significantly accommodating to all kinds of nerds, athletes, geeks, socially-minded, and artistic boys. The diversity is legit, much more than a popular racial benchmark. The school attracts families who are serious about their boys growing up, learning how to become self-sufficient, identify their priorities, organize their time. It's home to about 15% of each class qualifying for National Merit, but the average boy there is not a gifted student. Average boy there is, however, fairly disciplined while being pretty happy. The alumni overwhelmingly wax nostalgic mainly because maturity comes later to most. The teachers and coaches become iconic in the boys' lives. Real gift to Memphis and beyond.
  • One of the best decisions we made as parentsParent 02/06/2015
    Both of our sons attended MUS and I can say without reservation that sending them to this school was one of the best decisions we made as parents. Our boys are very different in terms of their academic interests, personalities, and extracurricular interests. MUS helped them both to thrive, both in and out of the classroom. They were able to form lasting friendships with faculty members, play two different varsity sports that did not require try-outs, and receive a stellar education which prepared them very well for college. In fact, one of our sons received several generous college scholarships that I do not think he would have received had he not attended MUS. The cost of this school was expensive for our family, but we have no regrets about sending our sons to MUS.
  • A great schoolParent 02/06/2015
    We have 3 sons who attend MUS. They have different personalities, different interests, and different learning styles. Despite their differences each boy has been positively challenged academically and athletically by their teachers and coaches. MUS is not a school for every boy as the academic standards are high and the schoolwork is difficult and time consuming. If students are willing to put in the work the rewards of an MUS education are hard to beat.
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically33% of students receive Financial Aid
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially


29 In 2017, the Average ACT Score for students was 29
100% In 2017, the Graduation Rate for seniors was 100%

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