Bragging Rights


Education and Talent

Leadership and Talent Development Health Science Schools
Postsecondary Education and Training Primary and Secondary Education

Leadership and Talent Development

Memphis boasts multiple business and entrepreneurial incubators such as:

A culture of encouraging and cultivating talent is offered through structured programs like:

Memphis was ranked 4th in Forbes magazine’s “10 Happiest Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads” in 2012.



Postsecondary Education and Training

The University of Memphis is the largest university in Memphis and is the flagship institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Christian Brothers University was the first university in Memphis to grant a degree.

  • Ranked 24th on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014” list and 7th for “Best Value Schools” in the Regional Universities (South) division
  • Ranked among the “Best Southeastern Colleges” according to The Princeton Review’s 376 Best Colleges guidebook (2014 edition)
  • In the past five years, CBU students achieved a 74% acceptance rate into medical school compared to 43% nationally and an 82% acceptance rate into pharmacy school compared to national rate of 50%.
  • 75% of CBU engineering students are employed in industry by the time they graduate.

Rhodes College is a top-ranked liberal arts college.

LeMoyne-Owen College one of the nation’s oldest historically black colleges.

  • LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School was founded in 1871 as an elementary school for freedmen and runaway slaves. In 1968, Owen Junior College and LeMoyne Colleges merged creating LeMoyne-Owen College.

Southwest Tennessee Community College, the largest two-year college in Tennessee, offers more than 100 programs and areas of study. 

Memphis College of Art is one of only four independent, regionally and nationally accredited art colleges in the south and is the only one to offer graduate degrees.


Health Science Schools

About 1 out of every 3 Memphis area college graduates, or over 4,500, earn bioscience-related degrees each year.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center offers bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees from its School of Biomedical Engineering and Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work.

Baptist College of Health Sciences is an accredited four-year college that offers bachelor's degrees in nursing and health sciences.

  • Offers majors in nine fields: Biomedical Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Care Management, Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Care.  
  • The Pinnacle Health Care Management program that allows full-time workers with some college credit to earn a degree in 19 months.

The Southern College of Optometry offers a Doctor of Optometry program that graduated 123 students in 2013. The college is also home to The Eye Center which is one of the largest and most clinically advanced facilities of its kind in the United States and serves approximately 60,000 patients each year.  The school boasts a consistent 90% pass rate on the national board exam.


Primary and Secondary Schools

Shelby County Schools, the largest school system in Tennessee and among the top 20 in the nation, offers a free education to about 117,000 students at 229 schools.

In August 2014, six new school districts began operation in Shelby County: Arlington Community Schools, Bartlett City Schools, Collierville Municipal School District, Germantown Municipal School District, Lakeland School System, and Millington Municipal Schools.