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Talented 10% program aims to take in high achieving high school graduates

(Source: U of M) (Source: U of M)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The University of Memphis announces its new Talented 10% program. This program is part of the university’s plans to attract the top 10 percent of every graduating high school class in the country to contribute to a generation of new innovative ideas.

This initiative will intensify the U of M’s focus on academic excellence, enhance its national and regional diversity, increase access, and extend its efforts to target students whose talents are exhibited in different ways.

The University of Memphis is the only institution in the Tennessee Board of Regents system classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with High Activity (RU/HA) and the university with the largest Honors Program in the state.

A primary goal of the state of Tennessee and of the university is to increase graduation rates. National data continues to show that high academic performance during the high school years is one of the best predictors of timely graduation.

Jon Erickson, former president of the ACT, stated in an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education last week that the ACT score is one quality measure.

“I still see the high school record and transcript as being definitive," Erickson said. "That’s long-term behavior, which is typically your best predictor of success in college.”

The university aims to be the desired institution for the top 10 percent of high school seniors across the country.

“The best and most capable of our youth must be schooled in the colleges and universities of the land”- (W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903).

For more information on the Talented 10% admission program, click here.

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