Location
Memphis, TN
Undergrads
1,899
Tuition
$38,092
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 764 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

4 College Senior

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

4 College Senior

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

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.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife pretty much consists of Greek parties. Downtown there are options. Beale Street is popular.

3 College Junior

Diversity: We are diverse, but I think we could go an extra step to increase diversity.

4 College Junior

Majors: The only requirement is to write an essay about why you would like that specific major.

2 College Junior

Majors: The workload at my school is very intense. The curriculum is very very tough. Being in a city there are many opportunities for internships and then future jobs.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: We have a completely student run Honor Council. We take our honor code very seriously and live by it everyday. Students do not think twice about leaving a laptop in the library while leaving to grab lunch. We trust and honor each other.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness, for the most part, is very well done. They know what matters and know when to intervene. Coming into college, I was expecting little to no freedom from administrators and officers, but I am pleasantly surprised.

4 College Freshman

Weather: There are ALMOST four seasons! That's really amazing when coming from a region where it isn't so common to have distinctions between times of year, but at the same time, winter doesn't last as long as I hoped it would.

3 College Junior

Academics: Art majors commit a significant amount of time to working in the studio. The department is not big, but the courses teaches wide variety of skills. There are several art museum to internship or work for.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Rhodes has nice athletic facilities. Spacious, clean fields, and lots of equipments. There is a decent amount of school spirit too.

College Junior

Drug Safety: As a commuter, I don't usually stay on campus after dark. However, I hear stories of strange behavior because of drinking and the popularity of marijuana and pills on campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There were some rough patches, but overall my experience at Rhodes is totally worth it. The level of work greatly contrasts from the work I did in high school and I greatly appreciate that!

4 College Junior

Computers: There are labs, cubicles, classrooms, and other niches available on a regular basis. However, during midterms and finals spots fill up quickly, beginning at 8am. This causes the networks to slow down a bit. During that time I suggest getting to the library early, finding an empty classroom, or just getting a laptop. Laptops are not required for class though.

4 College Junior

Majors: Since Rhodes is a Liberal Arts college, students have the opportunity to explore subjects as they work toward their major. The basic process of declaring is simple - just filling out papers, creating a layout of your classes for all 4 years, and writing an essay about your career goals in that major.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Memphis is a melting pot of activity. You could go down town to Beale Street or explore hole in the wall restaurants in Midtown. The Memphis Zoo, Brooks Museum of Art, and Overton Park are walking distance from Rhodes. Crosstown Arts features galleries, shops, and more (it's always changing!)

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Every now and then students get little coupons to some popular venues around Memphis. Some of the best places to go are Central BBQ, Tops BBQ, or Cafe Eclectic (which is just walking distance!) There's a handful of great ethnic restaurants in Midtown if you want to try something new. As for snacks, there's a frozen yogurt shop close to campus called Yolo. In fact, the founder of Yolo graduated from Rhodes! La Michoacana is a local Mexican ice cream shop that is gaining popularity. That's a great place to hang out with your buddies and try some corn flavored ice cream! Or just get a vanilla cone.

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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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