Colleges That Change Lives

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Rhodes College

"If its elegant, Oxford-like campus of lovely grounds and collegiate Gothic buildings with leaded glass windows were transported from a residential area in Memphis, Tennessee, to a town in New England, Rhodes College would be as selective as an Ivy school. But so long as it isn't it will have to be satisfied with being as good as, and in some important ways, better than an Ivy."
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  • Founded in 1848, 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, an economic, political and cultural center, making Rhodes one of a handful of national liberal arts and sciences colleges in a major metropolitan area.
  • Rhodes has the soul of a liberal arts college coupled with a real-world mindset. Our students put their liberal arts knowledge to work in the world starting their first year. We also encourage students to reflect on their experiences, adding a deeper degree of value as they examine what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Recent Rhodes graduates earned prestigious Fulbright, Watson, Rhodes, and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • Rhodes was named a "Best Buy" college in the 2015 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges.
  • Rhodes was named a "Best Value" and a "Best Southeastern College" in the Princeton Review's 2014 edition of the Best 377 Colleges. Rhodes was named the 3rd most beautiful college in the United States.
  • In 2014, both Forbes and The Washington Post included Rhodes in their lists of colleges whose graduates have the highest salary growth potential.
  • For two years in a row, Rhodes was selected by Newsweek magazine as the #1 "Most Service-Oriented" college in the nation for encouraging students to give back to the community and spend time in selfless service. In 2014, Washington Monthly named Rhodes the #1 college in for community service.
  • The Rhodes Mock Trial team has placed in the nation's "top ten" on 17 occasions, and they also hold the current record for consecutive national championship tournament appearances at 25 years.
  • The Rhodes team was named Rookie of the Year at the 2012 NASA Great Moonbuggy Race.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • Our vision of a liberal education balances rigorous classroom academics with the challenge of putting these lessons into action. At Rhodes, you’ll be encouraged to engage in research, leadership and service opportunities—and to take responsibility for shaping your educational experience to meet your personal interests and goals.
  • Our academic program is based on four components: the Foundations curriculum, major concentration, elective courses, and participation in co-curricular activities. The Foundations curriculum lays the structure for life-long intellectual pursuit.
  • Rhodes professors are eminent scholars and knowledgeable mentors, with outstanding credentials and noteworthy professional achievements. Above all else, they are dedicated to teaching and to students.
  • 96% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; there are no teaching assistants.
  • More than 50 majors and minors. The most popular include Biology, Commerce and Business, Economics, English, History, Political Science and Psychology.
  • 75% of Rhodes students participate in at least one internship and 65% study off-campus or in other countries.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • Nearly 100% of first-year students live on campus.
  • For over 100 years, our Honor Code has been more than just a pledge not to sneak a peek during a take-home exam—it’s built a campus-wide community of trust and mutual respect.
  • Rhodes fields 21 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III athletic teams, which compete in the Southern Athletic Association against Birmingham‐Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Berry College and Sewanee: The University of the South.
  • More than 100 student clubs and organizations
  • Kinney Community Service Program: 80% of students get involved with community service projects.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E

Rhodes graduates are perceptive thinkers, creative problem solvers, and lifelong learners, and they have the skills and abilities that connect them to the country’s top graduate and professional schools, interesting careers, and fulfilling lives. Consider these facts:

  • Of those members of the class of 2013 applying to graduate/professional schools, more than two-thirds reported that they were accepted by their first-choice school. The overall acceptance rates for different programs (MBA, MD, JD, and others) far exceeds the national average.
  • Since 2002, Rhodes students have won 11 Fulbright Scholarships, 2 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, 7 Watson Fellowships, 3 Truman Scholarships, 2 Luce Scholarships, 1 Rhodes Scholarship, and 6 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • Rhodes is in the top 10% of all U.S. baccalaureate colleges for the percentage of students who earn Ph.D.s in the sciences. Rhodes is among the top 5 in the southeast.
  • Rhodes College is ranked 15th in the nation for the number of physics majors who have gone on to receive a Ph.D. degree in physics or astronomy.
  • Rhodes is in the top 6% in the nation as an undergraduate source of psychology Ph.Ds.
  • Rhodes graduates have an exceptionally high rate (typically around 90%) of acceptance into graduate schools and professional programs.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1200 - 1360
  • Middle 50% ACT: 27-31
  • 48% ranked in the top 10% of their class