Students Say

A “beautiful” campus located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, the “tightknit community” of Rhodes College offers “individual study in a liberal arts mold,” which involves exposing students to “as many different disciplines as possible in order to gain a broader understanding of the world.” Academics here are extremely challenging, “but nothing that hard work and study time can’t handle.”

Overview

Applicants
3,382
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.73

GPA Breakdown

60%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 690
SAT Math
600 - 690
ACT Composite
27 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

A “beautiful” campus located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, the “tightknit community” of Rhodes College offers “individual study in a liberal arts mold,” which involves exposing students to “as many different disciplines as possible in order to gain a broader understanding of the world.” Academics here are extremely challenging, “but nothing that hard work and study time can’t handle.” “I have been pushed (in a good way) to the outer limits of my academic capabilities,” says a sophomore. Professors are undoubtedly “one of Rhodes’ best assets”—invitations to faculty members’ houses for dinner are par for the course—and “truly care about our achievement, grasping the right concepts, and progressing in our education.” “Professors don’t just care about passing the tests, they want students to be able to take what they have learned and apply it to real life,” beams a student. The “small classes” and “comprehensive honor code” only help to further students’ love of the Rhodes’ classroom experience. The concerned individuals making up the Rhodes administration are “not just doing a job,” they are “dedicated to the mission of this college and committed to the students they serve.” Though some students have had some bad experiences with administrators, most are content, and it doesn’t hurt that the school “took all of the different offices that were spread throughout campus and consolidated them into one newly-renovated building that makes any form or process/meeting much simpler.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
210
with Terminal Degree
193

110
Men
100
Women
20
Minority
8
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
80%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Churchill
Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa Society

John Bryan
former CEO, Sara Lee

Dixie Carter
Actress

Abe Fortas
Former U.S. Supreme Court justice

George Hearn
Actor

Claudia Kennedy
U.S. Army's first female three-star general

Carroll Cloar
Artist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
85
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Annual tuition at Rhodes is $41,262 to which a student should expect to add another $11,763 for living and other school expenses. However, in addition to working hard to meet students with financial needs—a full 93 percent of undergraduates receive aid—the school offers many merit-based scholarships. Forty-four percent of students will take out loans, and the average cumulative student debt is $26,581. The Rhodes Student Associate Program is a unique work program that matches students with “meaningful employment that requires advanced skills and dedication.” The program currently offers more than 100 positions in a variety of both academic and administrative departments. Rhodes also facilitates many off-campus student employment opportunities with local non-profits.

Bang For Your Buck

“Memphis is a city with character, and Rhodes is an institution [that] helps foster it,” one student explains. The city of Memphis offers it all to students, from internships to “great restaurants” and weekend activities. Despite being located in a city, the college provides a secluded college atmosphere for those who want it. The professors are “great and helpful,” and with a faculty-to-student ratio of 10:1, they are easily accessible. The student body is “actually really diverse and tends to have some great opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and countries.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,578

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,183

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,056

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,077

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,578

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,262
Required Fees
$310
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,125

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,164
Transportation for Commuters
$1,293

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Rhodes has its fair share of “white, upper-middle-class” students, but “no one is elitist,” and the overall student body itself is diverse on many fronts. Many students here are from the South and “preppy,” and you can spot many “polos and khakis around campus.” “Everyone is well accepted regardless of socioeconomic status,” and the few atypical student groups “mix freely” and “interact with few problems.” The school is full of hard workers (“academic but not full of nerds”) and the school’s honor code is taken very seriously. “People rarely ever cheat or steal”—most students live on campus and “a large percentage don’t ever lock their doom rooms.” One thing is for certain, though—students here are “busy” in all areas of their life: studying, taking advantage of the “countless service opportunities,” arts/athletics, and Greek life. The typical student is generally an “overachiever” while still “[liking] to have fun and enjoy him or herself.” “Rhodes is filled with the types of students that are any high school counselor ’s…dream,” sums up a student.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,031
Out of State
74%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

6.67%
Asian
6.47%
African-American
3.67%
Hispanic
77.89%
Caucasian
1.88%
Unknown
3.01%
International

58% female
42% male
74% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

With “gothic architecture [that] will make you feel like you live in a fantasy world,” the Rhodes campus is “easy on the eyes,” while the food used to be “tough on the gut,” Rhodes opened a new best-in-class dining facility in the fall of 2012. There is a huge Greek contingent here—“frat parties on campus are always fun and wild”—and all students are sure to find their niche since “each fraternity is different.” Generally speaking, the typical student schedule breaks down like this: “weekdays and nights in the library (which is beautiful, so it’s not as bad as it could be), and starting Thursdays, partying.” Don’t be fooled, though: “Most people here work hard and see it academically pay off.” “Students focus on getting their school work done before going out and hold their friends accountable so not many get behind,” says another student. The school itself offers tons of service activities, cultural events, speakers, and intramurals, and people like to get off campus and have fun in Memphis, which is “surrounded by fun sports teams” to which the school provides cheap tickets. The library can also be a social place, especially during exams, “because so many people spend their time there.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
71%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
90
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
78

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
115
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
11

35% join a fraternity
65% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lynx)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lynx)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Memphis
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Memphis

Sustainability

Green Rating
79

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
96%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Joye Myers
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
2000 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112-1690

Phone
1-800-844-5969

Email
visit@rhodes.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Barret Library (includes a Starbucks coffee shop in the Middle Ground)
Burrow Center for Student Opportunity
Bryan Campus Life Center (home to the Ly
East Village (apartment-style dorms)
Burrow Refectory
The Burrow Center for Student Opportunity opened in Spring, 2008. It consolidates most student services under one roof, including a one-stop transaction center, enrolling and financing, student development and academic support, and out of class experiences. It also includes space for student organizations and is open to students 24x7.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Graceland
National Civil Rights Museum
Beale Street
Rendezvous BBQ
Orpheum Theater
Rhodes campus is 5 minutes from downtown Memphis. The Cooper Young area. Stax Museum.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays
8:30am-5pm M-F
1-800-844-5969

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Times vary, contact admissions office

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@rhodes.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1 night stay; (Sun-Thurs) seniors and transfers only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Memphis International Airport is seven miles from campus. Rhodes students provide transportation from the airport to campus between 9am and 9pm every day; call the admissions office at least one week in advance to arrange for this service. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Memphis. Taxis are available from the stations to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, take I-55 S. to West Memphis, AR. Exit to I-40 E. (toward Memphis). Exit at Danny Thomas Blvd. North (Exit 1B) and take the first right onto North Pkwy. Continue on North Pkwy., then turn left on University St. and continue to the Phillips Lane entrance to the campus. From the south, take I-55 North to Memphis and merge with I-240 North, exit Union Avenue East. Continue on Union Ave. to East Pkwy. Turn left onto East Pkwy. and continue to North Pkwy. Turn left at North Pkwy. and continue to University Street. Turn right at University to Phillips Lane Entrance. From the east, take I-40 W. to Memphis. Continue on Sam Cooper Blvd., which becomes Broad St. Proceed on Broad, then turn right onto East Pkwy. At the first intersection, turn left onto North Pkwy. and proceed to University St. Turn right at University to the Phillips Lane entrance. From the west, take I-40 E. to Memphis, then follow the directions given from the north.

Local Accommodations
Downtown: Madison Hotel The Peabody Hampton Inn & Suites Westin Hotel - Beale Street Courtyard by Marriot Spring Hill Suites River Inn of Harbor Town