College Spotlight: Rhodes College

Tucked away on 100 acres in a historic section of Memphis, students at Rhodes College enjoy easy access to a big city, while still enjoying a true college campus experience. Named the 3rd prettiest campus in America, Rhodes has a cozy, residential feel, complete with Gothic architecture and wide open green spaces. The school is located across the street from the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park, home to an old-growth forest and a student-run farmers market.

Approximately three quarters of undergrads reside on campus, in one of 14 residence halls and three on-campus apartment buildings. A sense of community is fostered not only by small class sizes (average size is 14) and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, but also the school's honor code--students feel comfortable leaving personal belongings strewn around the campus. With more than 100 clubs and organizations and an active Greek system (more than 50% participate), Rhodes itself offers students more than enough in the way of entertainment and activities. Students don't stay cloistered on the campus, however; connections to the greater Memphis community are encouraged and embraced. From St. Jude Hospital and the National Civil Rights Museum to FedEx and AutoZone, there is no shortage of internship or volunteer opportunities for Rhodes students. Named #1 service-oriented college, a full 80% of students participate in some form of community service before graduation.

Business Administration & Management, Biology/Biological Studies and Psychology are the most popular majors, but all students are required to take one of two 3-course humanities sequences, ensuring exposure to the breadth of liberal arts education. In addition, all students are required to take a critical thinking course (math or logic) as well as a lab science. Reading, writing and speaking well are traits expected from all Rhodes students, and discussion-based seminar classes help reinforce those skills. And because Rhodes only has undergraduate students, juniors and seniors generally work on advanced projects that rival graduate-level work at other institutions.

Fast Facts:

  • 2,000 students (undergrad only); 1/3 go on to graduate or professional school

  • 50+% students rank in Top 10% of class, and more than 80% have a GPA of 3.5 or highter

  • ACT mid-50% range: 27-32; SAT mid-50% range: 1200-1370

  • Tuition/Room & Board: $56,000; 93% of demonstrated financial need is met

  • 25% of students participate in varsity sports

Fun Facts:

  • Earned Southern Athletic Association 2015 President's Trophy for best varsity program in the conference

  • 65% study abroad; 75% complete internships

  • Rhodes traditions surround climbable statues, hidden gargoyles, haunted theaters, a secret garden and more

  • Rhodes is a designated Level IV Certified Arboretum, the highest designation for certification

  • Notable alums include: Charlaine Harris Schulz (author of "The Southern Vampire Mysteries," the inspiration for HBO's "True Blood"; John H. Bryan, former CEO of Sara Lee Corp.; NC state Rep Chuck McGrady, former president of the Sierra Club; Abe Fortas, former US Supreme Court Justice.

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