A Message From The College
Rhodes College is a private institution that was founded in 1848. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,973, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 123 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rhodes College’s ranking in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, #54. Its tuition and fees are $50,910.
Students at Rhodes College are in an ideal location for experiential learning and extracurricular fun. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the Rhodes campus is close to a multitude of internship opportunities at powerhouse institutions, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and multiple Fortune 500 companies. For fun, students can venture into downtown Memphis to experience the city’s famed music scene, dining, professional sporting events and museums. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, which puts them close to annual school events like the weekend-long music festival called Rites of Spring. Greek life is a huge outlet at Rhodes, as nearly half of all students are involved in the school’s 15 or so fraternities and sororities. There are more than 100 other student organizations to check out, too. About 25% of students play on the varsity Lynx sports teams, which mainly compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. More students – about 65% – will spend at least one semester off campus, studying in a foreign country or at American University through Rhodes’ Washington (D.C.) Semester program. For students on campus, finals weeks are a little less painful with the help of an evening feast of unlimited blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, served by deans and professors to hungry students in need of a study break.
For students interested in community and civic service, Rhodes College is brimming with options. Rhodes CARES, short for the Center for Academic Research and Education through Service, gives students hands-on learning opportunities around Memphis. Center programs include the Rhodes/UT Neuroscience Research Fellowship, a yearlong project at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and the Summer Service Fellowship program, which assigns students to nine-week projects. Year round, students can give back to the community through the Kinney Program, which matches a student’s interests to one of more than 100 service programs around Memphis. The student body is about 60% female. Famous alumni of Rhodes College include John H. Bryan, former CEO of sweet treat manufacturer Sara Lee Corp.; North Carolina state Rep. Chuck McGrady, former president of the Sierra Club; Abe Fortas, former U.S. Supreme Court justice; and Charlaine Harris Schulz, author of “The Southern Vampire Mysteries,” the series HBO’s “True Blood” is based on.
A Message From The College
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Message from the School
Rhodes is a residential college committed to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, and honor among ourselves. We live this life on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, an economic, political, and cultural center, making Rhodes one of a handful of national liberal arts and sciences colleges in a major metropolitan area.
What Rhodes offers goes beyond its top-tier liberal arts education. Rhodes offers a transformational experience, challenging students to explore innovative ideas, examine their values, and discover what they can contribute to their community and to the world.
Among the stone and the stained glass is a place to belong, where alongside their professors and their peers, students are supported in reaching their full potential. We value the kind 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.
Our collegiate-Gothic campus sits on 110 wooded acres in the heart of historic Midtown Memphis. In this beautiful, supportive environment, our students and professors comprise a community unmatched in its dedication to learning and a life of honor and integrity.
Rhodes provides endless opportunities for hands-on learning experiences. The Lynne & Henry Turley Memphis Center and the Mike Curb Institute for Music provide students with opportunities to pair the liberal arts and interdisciplinary research with real-world experience on campus and in the community. Rhodes also has a number of fellowships that match students with partners in the medical, research, and nonprofit sectors in Memphis to explore professional and academic projects while equipping them for successful careers and graduate study.
World headquarters to Fortune 500 companies such as FedEx and International Paper and a major hub for bio-medical research, distribution, and industry, Memphis offers prestigious internships and research opportunities. And the city’s independent spirit makes it fertile ground for arts and culture, nonprofits, community service, and thoughtful leaders of all kinds.
At the heart of the Rhodes education is the mentorship relationship between professors and students. Faculty members at Rhodes are scholars by example, and they consider the academic experience to be an intellectual journey for both students and professors. Our faculty work closely with students-in and out of the classroom- to challenge them to find their passion for knowledge and discover the person they want to become.
Beyond the Expected
Rhodes is committed to the belief that a better world is possible. Whether engaging in cutting-research alongside doctors and researchers at St. Jude Research Hospital or pursuing archival research to correct the historical record regarding the selling of enslaved Africans in Memphis, students are immersed in a culture where academic exploration and social action go hand in hand and where their ideas and actions make a meaningful impact in the world. We provide our students access to world-class faculty and real-world experiences, which enables them to develop the intellectual muscle to move big ideas and the character to do so in the service of humanity. Rhodes graduates are perceptive thinkers, creative problem solvers, and lifelong learners, and they have the skills and abilities to connect them to the country’s top graduate and professional schools, interesting careers, and fulfilling lives. Choose any field of human endeavor-from medicine, law, or education to business, politics, or the fine arts-and there are Rhodes graduates working within the discipline to change the world.
Rhodes College’s 2021 Rankings
Rhodes College is ranked #54 in National Liberal Arts Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
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Rhodes College Admissions
Rhodes College admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 45% and an early acceptance rate of 55%. Half the applicants admitted to Rhodes College have an SAT score between 1220 and 1430 or an ACT score of 27 and 32. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline at Rhodes College is Jan. 15.
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