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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Not many truly care about our teams, which are D3, unless it's homecoming or they're doing really well. Our women's golf and field hockey teams always do very well nationally, though! I think the athletics facilities are good, but I'm not an athlete and thus am a bad judge.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: While the dining halls are nice, the food sucks. Little variety both on a daily and weekly basis. Few vegetarian/vegan/etc options, and that's the same stuff every day, like the salad bar. The only late-night option is the Lair, open til 11. Most meals cost right around $6.50, which seems like a high price for the value. The quesadillas and cheese dip are great, though!

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: We're fairly close to the midtown bar scene, which varies widely in price/atmosphere; there should be something for everyone. The only clubs I know of are downtown, which is about 20 min away. Most places are average-priced there, but pretty fun. The only issue is that downtown can be dangerous. There is one midtown place that's popular for not carding--that's about the only place anyone goes before turning 21.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Most classes are from 10-20 people. I've loved almost all of my profs--very knowledgeable and passionate and willing to help/talk. Since we're so small, there is less variety in available courses, but I loved most of mine (pretty passionate about my psych degree). Most classes are about half lecture, half discussion, but the broader courses are often more lecture-focused.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: We have a fairly good alum/job network and have small networking meetings every semester. I can't speak for this a lot, though, since I knew I was going straight to grad school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Campus is beautiful! Consistently ranked near the top. We have tons of trees and good lawn spaces. I think our athletics facilities are great, but I'm not an athlete. The library and adjoined coffee shop/study spot are great, but usually packed. We only have like 4-5 open computer labs, in the library, and then maybe one each in certain academic departments. It can be very hard to find a study spot around exam time, but otherwise it's not too bad. Our dining halls look nice but serve crappy food. Classrooms are fine, all are "smart" but some are just ugly. We have small arts programs and spaces. All buildings are fairly updated/renovated if they're old.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We're not very diverse: vastly non-ethnic white, middle-upper class, Christian, straight. Mostly liberal but with a good mix of conservatives. Our international students largely keep to themselves (barring the UK/Aus kids). LGBT students are largely accepted and not treated differently, but it varies individually. I'd say the vast majority are accepting of everyone regardless of race, etc., but the minority groups don't always feel too welcomed. Thankfully, that seems to be on the upswing.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: We're located a few miles from midtown Memphis, which is pretty fun, and downtown Memphis, which is fun if you're 21+. Lots of good restaurants, decent shopping, a few good parks and museums/zoos. Memphis also has a pretty good sports environment, if you like the Grizzlies or the Tigers. The problem is that most students hardly leave campus--we call it "the Bubble." Doesn't mean it's not fun, though.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: We are, overall, a very lenient school. Underage alcohol use is discouraged, but it's practiced as "don't see, don't tell." If you're 21, alcohol is fine as long as you aren't wildly disruptive. Drug enforcement is stricter, but is still more like a "3 strikes and you're out" thing than immediate punishment. Our only rule about visitation is that they can't stay more than a few consecutive days, I believe. We take our Honor Code seriously, allowing us to let our guard down, but violations are taken seriously and go to Honor Court. Attendance rules depend on the prof.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I think we only have one apartment complex that's actually associated with the school, and it's kinda crappy. There's a multitude of other options in the area, though, you just have to be concerned about proximity and safety. I rented a house a couple blocks away for my senior year and it was a great decision!

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I didn't really do anything other than submit my FAFSA and apply, so I thought it was pretty easy. Most of my money came from merit, though, so I don't know a lot about the aid.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Something like 60% of students are Greek; it's a huge part of social life. Parties/weekends revolve around Greek life. There's a fairly good vibe between Greeks and non-, but you can feel excluded. A lot of them are rich and a little bit vain, but that's due more to the Rhodes demographic in general than to the Greek kids specifically. You'll meet more people as a Greek, but you can definitely have a great time as a GDI, too!

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.

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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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