Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32


Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Early Action
November 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

A “beautiful” campus located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, the “tight-knit 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.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

John Churchill
Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa Society

John Bryan
former CEO, Sara Lee

Cary Fowler '71
Agriculturalist, former Executive Director of Global Crop Diversity Trust

Abe Fortas
Former U.S. Supreme Court justice

Charlaine Harris ’73
#1 New York Times bestselling author

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

Alison Ludergan Grimes ’01
Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

The typical Rhodes College graduate has a starting salary of around $40,600, and 60 percent report that their job has a great deal of meaning. Students feel that Rhodes “is the epitome of opportunity: from service to sports to academics to internships and jobs to career services and professors. Rhodes has it all.” A Biochemistry major notes that “I get to do cutting edge biomedical Cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital. This is an invaluable internship I got through Rhodes.” Many students feel that the internship opportunities at Rhodes are not only “invaluable,” but the sort of things that “helped pull us here.”

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

Many students come to Rhodes interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and the fellowship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a huge pull. Evans Falgoust told us that “connections throughout Memphis with hospitals and research facilities” help make the sciences some of Rhodes’ strongest programs. As Rhodes explains, the fellowship offers “students an intensive research experience that pairs students with St. Jude scientists and places them into the hospital’s professional laboratories for a period of two semesters and the intervening academic year.” The fellowship covers a wide range of research interests, including genetics, immunology, oncology, infectious disease, and developmental neurobiology, with “state-of-the-art research technologies and brilliant scientists from all over the world,” according to one former fellow. Recent research collaborations with St. Jude scientists include a study of avian flu and development of new anticancer drugs, as well as studies that examine the “importance of cultural factors in reducing medication errors” and ways of improving Clinical Decision support in the Electronic Health Record. And there is no need to worry about a summer job or apartment. Fellows are paid a stipend for the forty hours a week they work during the summers and provided with housing on the Rhodes campus. After two semesters and two summers, students have the option to extend their research into an Honors Research credit. But the St. Jude Fellowship experience often bleeds into other classes as well. Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, professor of psychology and director of the Memphis Center, told us about several students, in her senior seminar in urban studies, who were integrating research that they had conducted as interns and fellows during previous semesters into their senior capstone research project.
Service Learning

Service is a strong part of the Rhodes culture, and it is even codified in the school’s educational vision: “to inspire and involve our students in meaningful study, research and service . . . to graduate students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world.” When Alison Lundergan Grimes, now the Kentucky Secretary of State, was looking at colleges, it was the Rhodes tradition of service learning that most appealed to her. As she put it, “Rhodes Colleges is a community that cares.”
Fellowship programs like the Rhodes Learning Corridor, the Community Development Fellowship, and the Summer Service Fellowship, which partner with nearby public schools, encourage students to engage with local government and to address poverty, health and environmental issues in the Memphis community. These programs help connect students to the community, but they also help students connect with one another. Alumnus Evans Falgoust told us that this sense of service and community impacted nearly every interaction: “I found it nearly impossible to walk across campus and not run into someone I knew well enough to have a 10 minute conversation. . . . At Rhodes, we worked hard but we always supported one another. I learned as much outside of the classroom as within it and I developed social skills and worldly perspectives that will serve me for the rest of my life. Rhodes was as much about interpersonal development as it was intellectual growth and the two became one in the same.” Every member of the faculty we spoke to talked about the importance of service or community development in the educational ethos of Rhodes.
Undergraduate Research

At the end of every school year, Rhodes College showcases its stellar reputation for connecting students with internship and fellowship experiences when over 200 students wake up early on a Friday to present their year’s research to the campus. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium, or URCAS, as the event is known, displays some of the best research opportunities, fellowships, and global study that Rhodes has to offer. In the morning, guests may hear from students conducting research at the Memphis Center describe “the human experience of the Memphis and Mid-South region, from the Civil War to civil rights,” and in the afternoon watch Fellows at St. Jude Children’s Hospital present the new cancer treatments and stem cell therapies they’ve been helping develop at the renowned hospital.
But the URCAS presentations do more than showcase student research accomplishments; they demonstrate a key component of the Rhodes educational mission: to produce skilled written and oral communicators. Evans Falgoust, a business major from the Class of 2011 who now works as a Strategy Manager at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, told us that, even among majors that typically involve less writing, Rhodes students are known for their writing skills. Rhodes students hardly ever see a multiple choice test, Falgoust explains, and even classes like accounting require papers. Dr. Mary E. Miller, professor of biology and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in biochemistry and molecular biology, echoed the sentiments of many of her colleagues when she told us that after four years of study, “the difference [in their communication skills] is remarkable, and we know that our students stand ready to articulate well their intentions and passions to the world after graduation.” Secretary Grimes, too, credits Rhodes with setting her up for success when she went on to graduate study. She explained, “I learned to communicate there—both in writing and extemporaneously—which prepared me extremely well for law school at American University. Studying at Rhodes helped me know how to connect with others.”
Faculty Mentors

The cliché of the lonely professor whiling away solitary office hours is unknown at Rhodes. Whether it is in their office, at a coffee shop, or in the lab, when they are not in the classroom Rhodes professors are usually found with their students. Dr. Timothy Huebner, chair of the history department, told us, “Relationships between students and faculty are what Rhodes is all about. I interact with students every single day of the week. Whether it is advising them about classes, answering questions about the requirements of the history major, discussing internship opportunities with students, or just helping students who are struggling with my class or who are studying for one of my exams, being with students is a huge part of what I do. It is what our institution does best. We direct and mentor students closely and continuously—through research projects, essay writing, internships, and co-curricular activities.” And all of this individualized attention gives professors a chance to really figure out what makes their students tick, and to develop individualized teaching strategies that will help their students most. Dr. David McCarthy, professor of fine art, explained, “I get to know my students really well. I know what I can say to them to motivate them; I know what their strengths and interests are, so I can tailor the examples that I use in the classroom or in office hours to what I know is of interest to them and that will hold their attention. That way I can make my point and we can continue to move forward together.”
When we asked professors at Rhodes how they balanced the demands of teaching and conducting scholarly research, they all had the same answer: we combine them. Which makes sense because, as Dr. Miller explained, “Bringing students into [our] research and research into the classroom brings valued perspective to both worlds . . . Faculty are actively engaged in their field and therefore able to integrate students into that work. In my experience, faculty interactions with students outside of the classroom take the form of one-on-one mentored research in the laboratory setting. I have mentored students in my research lab who have moved on to prestigious graduate programs and I have published multiple collaborative works with student authors. Mentored research is one example of how our faculty are able to provide perspective for our students that will prepare them to become the independent thinkers. Faculty understand that opportunities for independent thought and action on the part of our students will best prepare them for the challenges that they will face after graduation.”


Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Annual tuition at Rhodes is $42,914 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 $27,077. 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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
74% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

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 socio-economic 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.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

40% join a fraternity
62% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lynx)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lynx)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Joye Myers
Campus Visit Coordinator

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



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
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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Times vary, contact admissions office

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

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


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