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

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.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have not pledged but over half the student population is in a Greek organization. Some people feel pressure to join to ensure their place in the social scene but many others find that it is no big deal.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most kids are Greek but it's not that big of a deal if you aren't.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life at Rhodes and with each passing day I am thankful to not be. I believe that such organizations at Rhodes are too consuming and often limit interaction between Greeks and non Greeks. However, I have very good friends involved in Greek life so I suppose it depends on the person,like most things.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 178th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 207th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 447th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1155th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Hometown
Birmingham, Alabama
Major
English
Grad Year
2014
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If you're coming to college looking for an "Animal House"-esque Greek life experience, Rhodes is definitely not for you. For many, that's a very good thing. Around 50 percent of students are in either a sorority or fraternity, but that does not mean you're left out if you decide it isn't for you. While most of the campus events and parties are sponsored by a Greek organization, all students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. There's virtually no exclusivity, and Greeks and independents are all friends with each other. Unlike your typical Southern state university, parties (except formals) are free and open to everyone after 11 p.m., guys included, and the Greek houses are non-residential.

Because of this, there's little campus division between Greeks and non-Greeks. That being said, Greek life is a bigger part of campus than people like to admit. It dominates most of the activities on weekends, and it's easy to feel a little awkward or left out sometimes, especially during rush week. But everyone understands that it is a personal choice, and no one will judge you if you decide you'd rather remain independent. It's encouraged to rush just to meet people, though, and keep an open mind—many happily affiliated students say that they weren't originally planning on joining, but Rhodes' laid-back Greek scene made them change their mind.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
45%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
33%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
52%
Freshman Women in Sororities
49%
Number of Fraternities
7
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu
Sororities
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Not Greek? No problem. Most of the events hosted by the Greek organizations are open to all students, including parties, service activities, and pageants. Even swaps become open to everyone after 11 p.m.
  • Each year, Rhodes students gather to watch and participate in the Kappa Delta All-Sing, a musical competition that has become a Rhodes tradition.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 52% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 41% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 93% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 7% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 66% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 14% Somewhat difficult.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 32% Very easy.

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