Rhodes College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Memphis, TN
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
55 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Beautiful campus
  • The interesting courses and fantastic faculty
  • Small class sizes
  • Professor-student relationships

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Dining options and hours
  • Greek life
  • Can take time to find your niche
  • Lack of diversity

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Rhodes Student Reviews

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat parties are okay- they are fun but can get old. Helps to have a car so you can get off campus every once in a while.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm going to be honest. When I first came to Rhodes, I loved it. Then somewhere during that first semester, I developed an intense hatred for this school. I felt like I was alone; everyone around me was rich, white, and conservative. I applied to transfer; thankfully, that school didn't give me enough money. So I was stuck at Rhodes. Turns out it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.

It takes a while to get used to something new, something different. Rhodes is different. Rhodes students are different. And what I didn't realize before is that every single Rhodes student is different from one another. Once I began to embrace the uniqueness that is Rhodes College, I saw the school in a different light. (I'm sorry for being so corny.) It's a place where you can go to the Middle Ground for coffee and leave with a new friend. It's a place where you will see familiar faces on a daily basis. It's a place where there are very few unrequited smiles, and help is never far. It's like a utopia. People are nice, things don't get stolen, and there is a sense of family.

Rhodes started out as a nightmare for me, but it's become my haven. With people as beautiful on the inside as our buildings are on the outside, I can't help but enjoy my time here. I've already grown so much both academically and personally, and I cannot even imagine being anywhere else.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus. Dorm room sizes vary depending on where you chose to live, but even the smallest rooms can be fabulous if you live with someone who is compatible with you. Generally, there are quiet hours after a certain time each night (very reasonable), which basically means you can't blast music or scream at the top of your lungs. This is just so people around you can sleep or study or do whatever without being disturbed. If you have a communal bathroom, someone comes by once a day (usually in the morning) and cleans everything (showers, toilets, sinks, floors...). If you have a private bathroom with another room, someone will still come by a few times a week to take out your trash, and clean the toilet, showers, and sink. The only annoying thing about living on campus is how pricey it is.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's most definitely cheaper than on-campus housing. A lot of times, Rhodes students tend to forget that we're in the great city of Memphis. We get stuck in the Rhodes Bubble. Living off campus helps break that cycle and serves as a reminder of the opportunities we have outside of our 100 acre haven.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: should give out more to transfers

1 person found this useful Report

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