Rhodes students rave about the academics. The small class sizes create a great environment for learning, but they also make attendance absolutely necessary. You cannot be invisible, and everyone is expected to participate. Professors are very invested in their students’ learning and expect the best, but that means you earn the grades you get. They’re passionate about their subjects and, for the most part, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to help you—whether it’s personal or class-related. It’s not uncommon to see students and professors joking with each other or meeting after class or for lunch just to have a good conversation. The curriculum’s strong emphasis on reading and writing can make it seem like the work never ends. Still, students say the workload is tough but fairly manageable, if you know how to manage your time well. If you do well at Rhodes, you can expect to have success going to grad school, med school, law school, or finding a job in the “real world.”
Class registration can be a struggle, and students complain about not always getting the courses they want. There’s also the issue of Rhodes having a limited number of programs available. This tends to be something most small schools deal with, so it's up to you to research beforehand and know your options. But it’s no big deal if you haven’t decided what to major in. The Foundations Curriculum forces you to take classes from a variety of different areas, and, like many students, you might end up falling in love with a class in a subject area you never thought you’d explore. Overall, Rhodes academics seem to make up for any complaints students have about the school. Many have been surprised with just how great their academic experience has been, and they are thrilled when they find that life after college is a little bit easier because of it.