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Memphis, TN
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1,899
Tuition
$38,092
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 779 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat parties are okay- they are fun but can get old. Helps to have a car so you can get off campus every once in a while.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm going to be honest. When I first came to Rhodes, I loved it. Then somewhere during that first semester, I developed an intense hatred for this school. I felt like I was alone; everyone around me was rich, white, and conservative. I applied to transfer; thankfully, that school didn't give me enough money. So I was stuck at Rhodes. Turns out it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.

It takes a while to get used to something new, something different. Rhodes is different. Rhodes students are different. And what I didn't realize before is that every single Rhodes student is different from one another. Once I began to embrace the uniqueness that is Rhodes College, I saw the school in a different light. (I'm sorry for being so corny.) It's a place where you can go to the Middle Ground for coffee and leave with a new friend. It's a place where you will see familiar faces on a daily basis. It's a place where there are very few unrequited smiles, and help is never far. It's like a utopia. People are nice, things don't get stolen, and there is a sense of family.

Rhodes started out as a nightmare for me, but it's become my haven. With people as beautiful on the inside as our buildings are on the outside, I can't help but enjoy my time here. I've already grown so much both academically and personally, and I cannot even imagine being anywhere else.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus. Dorm room sizes vary depending on where you chose to live, but even the smallest rooms can be fabulous if you live with someone who is compatible with you. Generally, there are quiet hours after a certain time each night (very reasonable), which basically means you can't blast music or scream at the top of your lungs. This is just so people around you can sleep or study or do whatever without being disturbed. If you have a communal bathroom, someone comes by once a day (usually in the morning) and cleans everything (showers, toilets, sinks, floors...). If you have a private bathroom with another room, someone will still come by a few times a week to take out your trash, and clean the toilet, showers, and sink. The only annoying thing about living on campus is how pricey it is.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's most definitely cheaper than on-campus housing. A lot of times, Rhodes students tend to forget that we're in the great city of Memphis. We get stuck in the Rhodes Bubble. Living off campus helps break that cycle and serves as a reminder of the opportunities we have outside of our 100 acre haven.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: should give out more to transfers

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: housing is to expensive on campus

3 College Sophomore

Majors: i would like to be a teacher. probably would not come to my school if i did it all over again

3 College Sophomore

Majors: its a good major but there need to be more classes its to focused on bio

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students are very involved with supporting the various teams. Most of the students on campus are varsity athletes. The athletic facilities are great, but they need to expand the facilities to accommodate everyone.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many ways to get from Memphis to mostly anywhere in the country. Bus is accessible, as well as train rides. Usually people come from the same areas and are able to share ride.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Memphis weather is pretty random. Winter was pretty cold and now the summer is going to be very hot.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety is greatly available on campus, at any time of the day and night.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We have an entire apartment complex available half a block away from campus. Rhodes also allows posters of available housing to be posted around campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Rhodes is a school that is very accepting of all diversities. It is a school that one can learn from a plethora of different view points. It is truly a priceless experience.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are DD's and no one gets into drunk driving accidents.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Classes are challenging and rigorous but its an academic environment like no other. Like an Ivy league school of the South.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Honor Code contributes to a sense of security on campus. Campus safety officers are great.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: There are only 4 sororities, so options are limited and pledge classes are big. Rush isn't as intense as state school rush, but can still be intimidating. There are more options Fraternity wise with 6 fraternities. Greeks are all pretty much friends with each other and typically don't exclusively hang out only with those in their organization. Greek parties are the biggest social scene, but typically open up to the whole campus.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Rhodes is expensive but the financial aid department is great and willing to help. Scholarships are available and obtainable.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Memphis is amazing. There are always things to do and great places to eat.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Rhodes claims to be highly diverse, but it could be much more diverse. Everyone seems to be pretty similar.

4 College Senior

Athletics: A large majority of students are athletes. Fan support and school spirit could be better. Football/lacrosse field are newly renovated as well as the baseball field. The pool is subpar as it is outdoors, in meters, and not able to be used in the winter or for home meets.

College Senior

Transportation: Zip cars are about the only option

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code is taken very seriously and has created a wonderful environment academically. Students also feel comfortable leaving their backpacks, books, etc. places because they know they'll still be there when they return. Socially Rhodes is a little more lenient. There are alcohol violations and drug violations but consequences aren't typically severe and sometimes those in authority will look the other way.

3 College Senior

Weather: Memphis weather has a mind of it's own. One day it will be sunny and 75, the next rainy and 35.

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Julia Fawal
Hometown
Birmingham, Alabama
Major
English
Grad Year
2014
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If you talk to Rhodes upperclassmen about their college experience, most will say that they're glad they chose their school. When it comes down to it, Rhodes pairs a phenomenal educational experience with a down-to-earth, welcoming atmosphere that alums fondly reflect on. The professors care more than you can possibly imagine. They have high expectations and do their best to challenge students, but they are also there to be mentors or even friends. Students are encouraged to explore their interests, discover passions, and fight to reach their full potential. Students who are unhappy at Rhodes tend to feel suffocated with how small the school actually is. It can be difficult to find a niche, and sometimes it's frustrating seeing the same people everywhere you go. The workload isn't exactly easy, either. Before enrolling, you have to be sure you're looking for such a small environment. There are definitely pros to it—the teacher/student relations, small class sizes, personal attention, a "community" feeling. But the students who are unhappy are typically the ones who realize they belong at a much larger place.

Students who remain at Rhodes say that, even if they were initially dissatisfied, they are so glad they stayed. At the very least, they know that they're graduating with a solid education and the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the "real world," whether that means going straight into the workforce, beginning graduate school, living abroad, or anything else a fully-equipped Rhodes grad could possibly want to do. Rhodes is a great community, and any driven, passionate student would be lucky to be a part of it.

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