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Rhodes is a nationally-ranked, four-year, private, coeducational, residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and honor among ourselves. Our students live and learn on one of the country's most beautiful campuses in the heart of Memphis, an economic, medical, 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, explore, 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
5,207
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

52%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 730
ACT Composite Scores
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 15

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
10:1
Total Faculty
223
with Terminal Degree
210

120
Men
103
Women
44
Minority
7
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

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.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics.

  • 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.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Students Say

Rhodes College is a small, appealing southern institution that produces “graduates that have lots of knowledge and experience.” To say that the program is “academically very strong” or “unparalleled, especially in the sciences” might actually be somewhat of an understatement, considering feedback from some students who began working before even matriculating. “I was granted a position in a research lab prior to even starting my first semester as a freshman.” Early opportunities like these are a common refrain from undergrads, who also talk up the school’s “infinite resources,” which include academic coaches, peer and professor tutors, advisors for classes and health, and many more. Rhodes also allows students to access their strong alumni network, which provides an “immense array of career opportunities,” and there’s also a “well-developed study abroad program.”

But perhaps the highest praise is reserved for Rhodes’ faculty and staff, whom many say are the school’s “greatest strength.” Students love that their professors “each retain their unique styles, with accessibility being the only common factor.” Many “go above and beyond to help students succeed,” which is apparent from the way office hours are utilized, not just for help “but for lively discussions on papers..., for finding research opportunities, or just to chat, because they’re great humans.” And a classmate simply sums up by saying, “Professors have challenged me, and through it all, I have learned more than I ever thought possible.”


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

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

Allen Reynolds ?60
award-winning Country Music songwriter and multi-million selling record producer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

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)
$51,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$97,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$54,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$115,800

Percent High Job Meaning
25%

Percent STEM
47%


Students Say

The typical Rhodes College graduate has a starting salary of around $51,900, and 47 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
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,927

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,229

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,622

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
46%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,155

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$43,302

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,888
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
$11,631
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)

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
1,973
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

6.49%
Asian
9.69%
African-American
6.54%
Hispanic
65.69%
Caucasian
5.36%
International

58% female
42% male
71% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

The “great community feel” at Rhodes comes down to the unifying desire to learn. “Students WANT to come to class and complete assignments, because they truly care about the work they are doing.” Unsurprisingly, peers describe one another as “very motivated,” “intelligent” and “extremely hardworking.” Admittedly, students also state that “the campus still feels very white,” but qualify this by calling out the fact that they’ve “met people with diverse perspectives, cultures, and interests that have allowed me to learn more about the world beyond the classroom.” Regardless of background, students appraise one another as “genuine, kind, and respectful of others,” and one adds that “I’m amazed by how inclusive the student body is and the opportunities they create to ensure the acceptance and safety of everyone.” All in all, “finding ‘your group’ of people is very easy, and not difficult at all because everyone just bonds easily.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
67%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Students Say

Undergrads at Rhodes tend to be serious about their academics and students certainly “study very hard throughout the week.” Nevertheless, there’s plenty to enjoy and experience beyond classwork. For starters, undergrads can join groups as disparate as the board game club and bee-keeping club, get involved with mock trials and student government, or try out for the “really great intramural frisbee team.” A number of people also like to participate in the “Rhodes Outdoor Organization, which provides totally free trips to go camping, hiking, and climbing out of Memphis, as well as trips to more local sites to rock climb indoors.” Additionally, “Greek life is very big” and we’re told that “frat parties are common on Saturday and Friday night.” Students also make the most of the city of Memphis, whether that’s heading to “Beale Street for night life” going on a taste-test of new restaurants because “the food is amazing” or “attending music and arts fests in Cooper-Young neighborhood.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Student Accessibility 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
141
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
7

32% join a fraternity
38% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

51% participate in intramural sports
26% 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

65/99

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
We have special pricing through two consortia: TICUA and HESS/E&I These are multivendor discount agreements with substantial savings through selected resellers. We also have educational discounts with Apple and Dell.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jessica G. Jones
Campus Visit Service 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
Paul Barret, Jr. Library
The Middle Ground (Coffee Shop)
Burrow Refectory (Cafeteria)
Bryan Campus Life Center (Athletic Facility)
Lynx Lair (Bar and Cafe)
Robertson Hall - the newest academic building McNeill Concert Hall - performance auditorium

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. Crosstown Concourse. 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: Hu 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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