Memphis University School

Memphis University School Photo #1 - Founded in 1893, Memphis University School provides an exceptional education for boys in grades 7-12.
Memphis University School Photo #2 - MUS has a thriving performing and visual arts program. We stage both fall and spring theater productions in Hyde Chapel, offer winter and spring musical concerts performed by our Orchestra, Studio Band, Jazz Band, and the a cappella group Beg to Differ, and host a resident visual artist on campus for a week every fall.
Memphis University School Photo #3 - Enthusiastic teachers and a supportive classroom environment keep boys engaged in learning.
Memphis University School Photo #4 - Technology is utilized appropriately throughout the curriculum to ensure boys have the 21st century skills they need to enjoy success in whatever career path they choose.
Memphis University School Photo #5 - The school community supports our 14 Upper School sports and 12 Lower School sports. We have won 63 state sports championships since 1958. More important, our athletics program is an extension of the classroom, providing opportunities for students to develop character and work together as members of a team. Go, Owls!
Memphis University School Photo #6 - Lower School students proudly display the sculptures they created in art class.
Memphis University School Photo #7 - A tradition of excellence remains vigorous here due to the commitment of the entire community - especially students. We encourage boys to strive for excellence because that allows them to find meaning in what they do, to play a role in something greater than themselves, and to discover a sense of competence and confidence in themselves and in their abilities.
Memphis University School Photo #8 - More than 100 Owls got up early on an October weekend morning to package and distribute food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our student-run Civic Service Organization served 30 local nonprofits last year.
Memphis University School Photo #9 - Students man water-balloon slingshots during X-Games, fun activities organized in fall 2020. Our 94-acre wooded campus offers boys plenty of spaces to enjoy the outdoors, play, and practice sports.
Memphis University School Photo #10 - The MUS Drumline is a popular addition to our spirited school community and our Friday night football games.
  • Memphis University School is a college-preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence, cultivation of service and leadership, and the development of well-rounded young men of strong moral character, consistent with the school's Christian tradition.
  • An MUS education is characterized by an engaging curriculum, a lively exchange of ideas, supportive teaching, integrated technology, and adherence to an honor code.
  • For more than 100 years, we have provided Mid-South boys with unparalleled opportunities to develop intellectually, morally, socially, artistically, and physically, becoming leaders well-equipped to turn great ideas into action.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Year Founded1893
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCamp costs vary. Registration opens mid-March.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students665 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Memphis University School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language & Culture, AP Latin, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP United States Government & Politics, Biology II: Molecular Biology, Chemistry II: Materials Science, Economics: Finance & Theory, Economics: Management, Geology, History of Britain, History of the American South, Latin I - V, Physics C - E&M, Physics C - M, Physics II: Robotics, Recording Arts - Engineering & Performing
Average SAT score1341
Average ACT score30

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$21,960
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBuck Towner
Admissions AssociateEmily Bailey
Endowment Size$55 million


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
BowlingCross Country,
Track and FieldWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Civic Service Organization, Ducks Unlimited, Environmental Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Hunters for the Hungry, Justice League, Latin Convention, Mock Trial, Model U.N., Newspaper Staff, Peer Tutoring, Quiz Bowl Team, Yearbook Staff, YMCA Youth Legislature

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella Choir, Drumline, Jazz Band, Literary Magazine, Orchestra, Studio Band, Theater

School Notes

  • Memphis University School is a college-preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence, cultivation of service and leadership, and the development of well-rounded young men of strong moral character, consistent with the school`s Christian tradition.
  • An MUS education is characterized by a rigorous curriculum, a lively exchange of ideas, supportive teaching, and adherence to an honor code.
  • With more than 100 years of experience, we know how to provide the support, structure, and challange boys need to thrive. Young men who join the MUS family get a world-class education and join a lifelong network of successful alumni. 
  • Learn more about MUS:
  • Please visit our Admissions page for more info!

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