Location & Contact Information

807 Walker Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38126
Main Phone: 901-435-1500 (admission) or (800) 737-7778
Main Contact: June Chinn-Jointer

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Lemoyne-Owen College

     The LeMoyne-Owen College occupies a beautifully landscaped campus at 807 Walker Avenue in South Memphis. City Buses make regular stops throughout the day in front of the campus.
     If you have the time, we'd like you to visit the The LeMoyne-Owen campus, meet a few students, sit in on a class, or chat with some of our distinguished faculty members. Stop by the Alma C. Hanson Student Center for a snack, or maybe lunch. Stroll around the historic grounds. Get a feel for our beautiful campus. We want you to be comfortable. After all, you'll be spending a lot of time here. Interviews are not required, but we'll arrange one if you'd like. And, of course, we'll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
     Campus visits should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 987
Graduate Population: 0
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $10318
Out of State Tuition: $10318
Room & Board: $4852
Applications Due: April 15th ($25)
Conference: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)
Mascot: Magicians
Accreditations: NCATE, SACS,
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 38%
Percent Women: 62%
Majors Offered
-BA Art
-BS Biology
-BBA Business Administration
-BA Chemistry
-BS Child Development and Family Studies
-BS Computer Science
-BA Criminal Justice, interdisciplinary
-BA English
-BA History
-BA Humanities, interdisciplinary
-BS Information Technology
-BS Mathematics
-BA Music
-BA Political Science
-BA Social Science
-BS Social Work
-BA Sociology
-BS Special Education
-BA Teacher Education English/Language Arts
-BS Teacher Education General Mathematics
-BS Teacher Education General Science
-BS Teacher Education Social Studies
-BA Urban Leadership and Social Justice
Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Dance, Fraternities, Honors Program, Jazz Band, Sororities, Student Newspaper
College History
     The merger of LeMoyne College and Owen College in 1968 joined two institutions, which had rich traditions as private, church-related colleges that have historically served Black students, founded and developed to provide higher education to students in the Mid-South area.
     LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School opened officially in 1871, but it actually began in 1862 when the American Missionary Association sent Lucinda Humphrey to open an elementary school for freedmen and runaway slaves to Camp Shiloh soon after the occupation of Memphis by federal troops under General Ulysses S. Grant. The School was moved to Memphis in 1863, but was destroyed by fire in the race riots, which followed the withdrawal of federal troops in 1866. Lincoln Chapel, as the school was then known, was rebuilt and reopened in 1867 with 150 students and six teachers, but the small school was beset by financial problems.
     In 1870, Dr. Francis J. LeMoyne, a Pennsylvania doctor and abolitionist, donated $20,000 to the American Missionary Association to build an elementary and secondary school for prospective teachers. The first years were difficult ones, primarily, because of the toll that the yellow fever epidemic took on school personnel, but under the leadership of the third principal, Andrew J. Steele, the institution experienced three decades of growth and development.
     In 1914, the school was moved from Orleans Street to its present site on Walker Avenue. In that same year, the first building, Steele Hall, was erected on the new campus. LeMoyne developed rapidly; it became a junior college in 1924 and a four-year college in 1930, chartered by the State of Tennessee just four years later.
     Owen College began in 1947, when the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention bought property on Vance Avenue to build a junior college. After several years of planning, the school opened in 1954 as S. A. Owen Junior College, named in honor of a distinguished religious and civic leader, but the name was later changed to Owen Junior College. The merger of Owen and LeMoyne Colleges in 1968 joined two religious traditions at the same time that it reinforced the institutions' shared purpose of combining a liberal arts education with career training in a Christian setting.
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News and Upcoming Events at Lemoyne-Owen College

Claflin College Is a Private Black College That Is Weathering the Economic Storm
Much of the recent news concerning private black colleges and universities has been depressing. Paul Quinn College in Dallas recently lost its accr ...
LeMoyne-Owen Trustees Resign
LeMoyne-Owen Trustees Resign for $2.5 Million Donation By Ibram Rogers Jul 3, 2006 MEMPHIS Members of the board of trustees at LeMoy ...
Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn Appointed to Leadership Post at LeMoyne-Owen College
Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn, a prominent education researcher and author, has been named interim vice president for academic and student affairs at LeMoy ...
Mr. Lemoyne-Owen reigns as Mr. HBCU 2008-09
Jerome Alonzo Heard, Mr. LeMoyne-Owen College 2007-08, 2008-09, added another accomplishment to his resume by winning the fourth annual Mr. H.B.C.U. K ...
Lemoyne-Owen College Board of Trustees Elects the College’s First Female President
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