Academics

Location
Memphis, TN
Undergrads
1,899
Tuition
$38,092
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are very demanding but the professors are really great about meeting you in office hours if you need extra help or just want to clarify a few things.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 104th
    Smartest Professors
  • 247th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 454th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 461st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 681st
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Hometown
Birmingham, Alabama
Major
English
Grad Year
2014
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
170
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
33
Total FT Faculty
170
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$68,077
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Transfer-Out Rate
17%
Graduation Rate
81%
Programs/Majors Offered
31
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 74%
  • 20 to 49 students: 25%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 5%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Classrooms
  • In Burrow study areas
  • Oak Alley on nice days
  • On a blanket in the grass by the Briggs Student Center
  • Under the starry sky ceiling in Barret Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your email at least five times a day-you'll miss something if you don't.
  • Don't be afraid to ask a professor for extra help or to take your paper to be edited at the Writing Center.
  • Don't be shy or spend all your weekends on campus.
  • Don't bring too much stuff; you probably don't need half of it, and it'll be a pain to get it all to fit in your dorm room and packed up to head back home at the end of the year.
  • Don't fall behind, especially on the readings.
  • Go to class, even if you didn't do the homework.
  • Go to the SACK Fair and get involved.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Procrastination can be fun, but only do it in moderation.
  • Research classes and professors before signing up for anything.
Did You Know?
  • During finals week each semester, Rhodes hosts a "Pancake Study Break" where students gather in the Refectory ("the Rat") to eat pancakes, listen to music, and get away from the chaos of cramming and writing last-minute research papers. Each table in "the Rat" is covered with butcher paper and crayons so students can color away their stress and revisit their childhoods for a bit.
  • Rhodes has often been referred to as a "hidden treasure" among the nation's liberal arts colleges. Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews ranked Rhodes sixth out of 100 in his book "Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You."
  • In fall 2010, Rhodes ranked number one out of 13 schools for the total number of student-athletes named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Academic Honor Roll.
  • Rhodes takes its honor code very seriously, and the Honor Council's job is to uphold the standards of the code and the community. The council investigates the case of each student who is accused of breaking the code and then administers appropriate punishment. It consists of 17 elected representatives made up of students from all grade levels.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 28 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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