The University of Memphis, Rhodes College and Christian Brothers University are some of the universities located in Memphis, Tennessee. These three schools were founded more than 100 years ago and are known as some of the top universities in the landlocked state.
Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is among the top colleges in Tennessee and in the United States. It seized the 53rd spot in a U.S. News & World Report list as one of the best colleges for liberal arts in 2013 and took the 98th spot on the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges in 2014. The 100-acre college was named twice as America's number 1 Service Oriented College by Newsweek magazine.
The University of Memphis opened its doors in 1912 as the West Tennessee State Normal School. The 1,600-acre university is categorized as a National University in the U.S. News Education ranking in 2015, putting it in the same category as Princeton and Duke University. It currently houses more than 17,000 undergraduate students. The U of M, as it is commonly known, is one of the main public research universities in the state, with strong research programs in hazards, bioscience and learning technologies, among others.
CBU started as an all-male school that provided elementary, secondary and tertiary education from 1871 to 1915. In 1942, the college reopened as a Junior College and became a co-educational institution in 1970. Despite being a Catholic university, CBU has a diverse student body population, with many students coming from different states, ethnic backgrounds and faiths.