As the flagship institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents since 1912, the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee stands out from other regional schools for many reasons: it maintains a fascinating Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, independent newspaper The Daily Helmsman covers on-campus affairs across all thirteen of the school’s distinct colleges, and it counts among its notable alumni actress Kathy Bates and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson. Available majors of study include civil engineering, marketing management, African-American studies, art history, and supply chain management, among dozens more. The university coordinates multiple ongoing research projects using such resources as the Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Robert Wang Center for International Business. And the U of M Tigers are passionate about competition: more than 400 student athletes here play in 19 NCAA Division I sports, and U of M is one of only two schools in the nation to employ a live mascot, a Bengal tiger named TOM that attends all home football games! 22,000 students can’t be wrong; the University of Memphis’s wealth of opportunity creates a magnet for greatness across the entire Southeast!