Rhodes’ Collegiate Gothic campus sits on a 123-acre, wooded site in the heart of historic Midtown Memphis. In this beautiful, supportive environment, our students and faculty comprise a community unmatched in its dedication to learning and a life of honor. Our walkways, quadrangles, residence halls, common areas and classrooms are all intentionally designed to encourage intimate conversation, the exchange of ideas and life-changing connections.
Memphis is world headquarters to Fortune 500 companies such as FedEx, AutoZone, and International Paper and a major hub for biomedical research, distribution, non-profits, and industry, which means our students have easy access to prestigious internships, fellowships, and research opportunities.
Rhodes students are helping researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find cures for childhood cancers, building racial understanding through our Crossroads to Freedom project, addressing the ills of urban poverty through education and health care, launching new businesses and nonprofit organizations, and focusing on environmental issues from an urban perspective. They are immersed in a culture where academic growth and social action go hand in hand, and where their ideas and actions make an impact in the real world.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Since moving to Memphis in 1925, Rhodes has maintained its Collegiate Gothic architecture with each expansion. The Paul Barret Jr. Library (2005) has been ranked among the country’s most beautiful libraries. In 2012, Rhodes opened its two newest facilities, the expanded Catherine S. Burrow Refectory and the West Village Residence Hall. In 2014, the college completely renovated the Rhodes Tower science facility.
Currently under construction is the new Robertson Hall, a $30 million, 55,000-square-feet science facility that will feature state-of-the-art research and teaching labs and smart classrooms. Robertson Hall is scheduled to open in 2017.
For 2016, The Princeton Review named Rhodes the 3rd Most Beautiful College Campus in America.
Thirteen campus buildings and two permanent gateways at Rhodes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
St. Jude Summer Plus Program
Rhodes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital work together to offer qualified 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 summers and the intervening academic year. Through this experience, students become fully engaged citizens in the scientific community of St. Jude, a world-class pediatric clinical and research facility focusing on cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
Mike Curb Institute for Music
The Mike Curb Institute for Music fosters awareness and understanding of the distinct musical traditions of the South and to study the effect music has had on its culture, history, and economy. The Mike Curb Family Foundation owns the first house Elvis Presley purchased in Memphis and the house is used to host “An Evening at Elvis’”, a student-produced house concert series, where guest artists are invited to the house to perform and discuss their careers, especially in the context of Memphis and the Mid-South region.
Urban Studies/Urban Health
In 2013, the college launched a new Urban Health concentration as part of the overall Urban Studies curriculum. Students who follow the Urban Health track explore how public health is altered for better or worse by a city’s design. As part of their academic experience, students are engaged with a variety of health-related community partners.
The Memphis Zoo
The Zoo provides research, summer internships and volunteer service opportunities to Rhodes students. Fields of study and responsibilities include nutrition, behavior, reproductive physiology, ecology, data collection system development, data entry and experience with as wide a variety of species as possible.
Mayor’s Urban Fellows Program
Selected Rhodes students are assigned semester-long projects in the Office of the Mayor of Memphis. The projects are geared toward helping municipal government become more efficient and effective in addressing the city’s needs, particularly in the areas of communications, community organizing and environmental sustainability.
Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies
Typically, about 100 students live on campus during the summer while participating in innovative research and service work in Memphis and the Mid-South. Rhodes Institute Fellows receive housing, research expenses and $3,000 stipends while they pursue their academic work.