Rhodes College

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2000 N. Parkway

Memphis, TN 38112

Phone: (901) 843-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Rhodes College is a private institution that was founded in 1848. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,915, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rhodes College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 54. Its tuition and fees are $39,794 (2013-14).

Students at Rhodes College are in an ideal location for experiential learning and extracurricular fun. Located outside of 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 80 other student organizations to check out, too. About 25 percent of students play on the varsity Lynx sports teams, which mainly compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. More students – about 65 percent – 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 percent 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Rhodes aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others and the ability to translate rigorous academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action. Students administer the Honor Code and interact with Memphis through service (80% of the students volunteer at nonprofits) and internships (60% participate in 150+ academic internships). All enjoy the city's amenities, from blues on Beale Street to the giant pandas at the zoo to museums, art galleries, opera and the symphony. The highly-selective, private liberal arts college frequently has been cited for having one of the nation's most beautiful campuses.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1848
Religious affiliation Presbyterian (USA)
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $271,509,075


When applying to Rhodes College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Rhodes College is $45. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 54.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 83.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.6%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rhodes College is 10:1, and the school has 63.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rhodes College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 80%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 24%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
English Language and Literature/Letters 9%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

Rhodes College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,915, with a gender distribution of 41 percent male students and 59 percent female students. At this school, 71 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 29 percent of students live off campus. Rhodes College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,927
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Rhodes College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. Rhodes College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rhodes College, 73 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rhodes College.

Students who have cars on campus 73%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Rhodes College, 49.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,536.

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Tuition and fees $39,794 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,884 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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