Location
Memphis, TN
Undergrads
1,899
Tuition
$38,092
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 792 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Memphis is a good city with a lot of opportunity due to it's number of fortune 500 companies, tourism, and dedication to medical research. I am enjoying spending my undergrad here, but I am not personally interested in spending time here after I graduate.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The buildings on campus are beautiful. The facilities themselves are mostly very nice and those that are not quite up to par are being improved.

3 College Junior

Athletics: A lot of students participate in Varsity and Intramural athletics and the events are a lot of fun, but they are pretty sparsely attended. However, our football team has been getting pretty good lately....

3 College Junior

Diversity: Politically: very diverse but the conservatives tend to be a little more outspoken.

Racially: becoming more diverse, but currently not the best.

Economically: mostly wealthy but great financial aid makes the school available to the rest of us.

Religion: a lot of various Christian denominations are prevalent, but other religions are present too.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Don't be dumb. You can do what you want, just don't be stupid about it.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of attractive guys and girls. Due to the nature of our school everyone tends to be nerdy on some level but also almost everyone lets loose and parties on the weekends.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Rhodes is in the midtown area of Memphis and therefore there are great restaurants in any direction. Price range varies (downtown is expensive, fast food is not) but you can find a lot of local gems that will be great for your stomach and also not too hard on your wallet. Poplar and Madison are common streets for students to find good food.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life runs the social scene at Rhodes. There are a few non-Greek social events, but those aren't common and are generally less attended. All on-campus parties open up to everyone after a certain time every night and charge no cover fee. You can attend sorority or fraternity formals if you are invited by a member. I think the Greek organizations at Rhodes are much more open to non-Greeks than at many schools due to the nature of our lack of Greek-specific housing and the requirement of open parties. You don't have to join Greek life to enjoy the social scene, but you will get more out of it if you do.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife is mostly dominated by greeklife at Rhodes. Parties are thrown at the houses on campus almost every weekend (and if the houses are quiet there is definitely something happening off campus). All on-campus parties open up to the whole campus every night and everyone is encouraged to come (the more the merrier).

Some upperclassmen go to the bars and clubs on Beale Street, but that is significantly less common than staying on campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Even though Rhodes isn't too far off of some of the sketchier areas of Memphis, I have never felt unsafe on campus. Campus Safety watches the entrances to campus so that people are unable to just wander into our school.

The Honor Code is also taken very seriously. You could leave your computer and phone out all day and they would be there when you returned. I also only know a few people who feel uncomfortable leaving their dorm rooms unlocked.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It will not kill you, but it doesn't take too long for you to get tired of it.

3 College Junior

Majors: I wish there were more specialized majors, but I understand that is not an option for such a small school.

5 College Junior

Majors: Our physics department is a very tight knit group of students and faculty. We all work together on assignments, participate in social and outreach events through the Society of Physics Students, and just hang out in the SimLab together. On top of all that, the faculty are extremely interested in you and helping you achieve your goals.

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

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

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.

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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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