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Rhodes is a national, four-year, private, coeducational, residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, and honor among ourselves. We enjoy one of the country's most beautiful campuses in the heart of Memphis, an economic, political and cultural center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges located in a major metropolitan area.

The Rhodes experience combines the best of the classroom and the real world—through internships, service, research and other opportunities in Memphis and far beyond. Students learn, play and serve others with a determination to grow personally and to improve the quality of life within their communities.

Rhodes aspires 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.

The classroom experience at Rhodes is intimate and challenging. We value the type of engaging dialogue that arises when students and professors work together to investigate questions and problems they care about. In this environment, students are expected to formulate and articulate big ideas and contribute in major ways to the critical discussions and debates that take place in our classrooms and laboratories.

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Overview

Applicants
4,733
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.91

GPA Breakdown

69%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
1010:1
Total Faculty
222
with Terminal Degree
204

116
Men
106
Women
38
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • 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."

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

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
76%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$47,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$97,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$100,100

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
30%


Students Say

The typical Rhodes College graduate has a starting salary of around $47,900, and 46 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.”

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 generates. 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 Research 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 critical thinkers, competent in both written and oral communication. 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." Rhodes alumna Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is the Kentucky Secretary of State, 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."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,593

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,751

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,303

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,576

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,624

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,194
Required Fees
$310
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,125

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,373
Transportation for Commuters
$1,293

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,290
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,988
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

6.23%
Asian
8.05%
African-American
5.52%
Hispanic
70.28%
Caucasian
1.77%
Unknown
3.65%
International

56% female
44% male
72% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

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.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
70%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

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." Rush also occurs in the spring, which encourages students to explore other campus clubs and organizations in their first semester. "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

Program / Service Name
Office of Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Melissa Butler

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Current, comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation. Visit https://www.rhodes.edu/content/student-accessibility-services for specific documentation guidelines.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Current, comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation. Visit https://www.rhodes.edu/content/student-accessibility-services for specific documentation guidelines.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
148
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
11

32% join a fraternity
42% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

24% participate in intercollegiate sports

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 (Lady Lynx)
12 Sports

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

Student Services

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

Sustainability

75/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

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
Paul Barret, Jr. Library
The Middle Ground (coffee shop)
Burrow Refectory (Cafeteria)
Bryan Campus Life Center (athletic facility)
Lynx Lair (Bar and Cafe)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Beale Street
National Civil Rights Museum
Graceland
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


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