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

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Rhodes is a school that is very accepting of all diversities. It is a school that one can learn from a plethora of different view points. It is truly a priceless experience.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Rhodes claims to be highly diverse, but it could be much more diverse. Everyone seems to be pretty similar.

3 College Junior

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

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of wealthy white students here but it isn't hard to find diversity if you actively seek it out.

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  • 357th
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  • 1041st
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  • 1194th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Hometown
Birmingham, Alabama
Major
English
Grad Year
2014
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If you focus solely on statistics, Rhodes won't seem like the most diverse place. The majority of students is upper-middle-class, white Christians. This is a frequent complaint of many students and faculty members, though some would challenge the numbers and say that the campus is diverse if you become more aware of those around you. While racial diversity is slightly lacking, Rhodes draws in kids from all over the country with different experiences, family backgrounds, and political beliefs. Most students are Christian, but there's a strong Jewish and Muslim community, and few judge based on personal beliefs. In fact, most students really want to interact with people from backgrounds different than their own, and there are few, if any, issues of discrimination or racism.   

Rhodes students are also passionate and opinionated, and there's a wide range of different opinions and interests represented. Many even seek out opportunities to open-mindedly debate and discuss their ideas. Eventually, you might come across someone who's stuck in his or her own ways, but for the most part, the Rhodes community really embraces diversity. The number of minority students has greatly increased in recent years, and it is continuing to climb annually. The hope is that once minority groups have a stronger presence on campus, more students will be willing to join as the years go on. It will be a process to make a major change from the current semi-homogenous community, but it is a process that most Rhodes students are willing to carry out.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
2%
International
3%
Native American
1%
White
71%
Unknown
9%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
74%
Common States of Residence
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 12%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
46%
Male Faculty
54%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
There aren't many openly gay students on campus, but those who are find that the student body becomes more accepting of them each year. It is a struggle for some, but most do not use sexual orientation as a judge of character, and there are hardly ever any incidents of public harassment or discrimination. The GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) organizes events every year, and they strive to promote acceptance and understanding.
Political Activity
Some Rhodes students maintain an apathetic stance on politics, but a surprising amount is actually very political. Some students will jump at a chance to discuss their beliefs. The campus as a whole seems to remain moderate, and there's a good balance between conservatives and liberals. This creates a fairly open environment in general, but there are instances where people become a little too passionate about their beliefs.
Economic Status
Rhodes is a liberal arts school, so the majority of students is in the upper-middle class. Looking around, you'll see a lot of name-brand clothing and designer labels, and some pretty nice cars appear in the parking lot. There are still plenty of students who come from a more comfortable/modest background, and no one judges based on economic status.
Most Common Religions
Rhodes is affiliated with the Presbyterian church, and thus it's predominantly Christian. The Rhodes Christian Fellowship (RCF), the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), and the Catholic Student Association (CSA) are active organizations on campus, and they sponsor many events. Jewish and Muslim organizations are active, too, but they are smaller in comparison.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Rhodes minority clubs make their presence heard. The Black Student Association (BSA) hosts great events and parties that are open to everyone, as does the Rhodes Indian Cultural Exchange (RICE) and All Students Interested in Asia (ASIA). The entire campus is invited and encouraged to attend all the events these clubs sponsor.
Did You Know?
More than 80 percent of Rhodes students are involved in community service in all different areas of the city. Of these, many students spend time with multilingual organizations and diversity awareness groups, such as Bridges and Common Ground.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 15% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 36% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 15% Conservative
  • 45% Moderate
  • 24% Not sure
  • 9% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 47% Very accepting.

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