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Reviews 841 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received exactly what I needed. That is not the story for all students but the process is quick and easy.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: At first, the parties seem fun and entertaining. After a while as a student you realize the parties are repetitive and boring if you aren't drunk or legitimately interested in meeting people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is dull and boring. There is little to no diversity in food options excluding the wok station. A lot of dishes are made up like the “Mexican Lasagna”.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know anything about off campus housing

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been off campus very many times, but I cannot complain about the places I have gone.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I don't think the campus is really strict. The point is to make sure students are safe.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive any need based aid, but the merit based it good.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I have never been to a party on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't really mind it as much as my friends do. I am not a picky eater at all.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am really lucky to be living in the dorm that I live in currently.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus for two years. It was fun, but it was also dirty, and someone broke into our house when one of my roommates was home.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Memphis has so many delicious off-campus dining options!

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Campus Safety is great-for white kids. Drinking underage is okay, drugs will get you in trouble.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Rhodes is very generous with their aid. I come from an upper middle class family and still received funding.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: As a member of a sorority, I experienced a healthy, full social life. However, I didn't rush until my Sophomore year, and during my Freshman year I had a very limited social life.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are really only two options-the Rat and the Lair.

The Rat is unlimited, cafeteria style, but the food is not great.

The Lair includes the campus pub, and offers salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, pizzas and grill items (chicken nuggets, burgers, fries, etc)

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for two years, and then on a street adjacent to the campus for the last two years. The housing off campus is significantly cheaper than it is on campus, but the school doesn't do much to include commuter students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A lot of juniors and seniors are pushed off of campus, but freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed housing. However, freshmen do not get to pick the specific dorm that they want to live in.

Robinson is excellent. There is housekeeping that comes in twice a week to clean the suite bathrooms. Apartment style dorms like West and East Village must clean their own bathrooms.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: First of all, I would like to give you the business for looking at this "Guys & Girls" section of a school when deciding where to apply. It is misogynistic and encouraging the patriarchy! How dare you. Just kidding. This is probably what I looked at the most when applying to schools.

Rhodes College has some of the most fantastic people I have ever met. Even though most of them are white and come from upper-middle class families, somehow there still manages to be a diversity of opinions and upbringings.

A lot of the girls here are in sororities; however, Greek life is not as prevalent as you would believe. The sororities still intermingle and no one really cares which one you're in.

Ten percent of the male population at Rhodes is football players. Seriously, this is not a joke. There are a lot of athletes here, but since this is a D3 school, they aren't the typical meatheads you're imagining. They have activities outside of football and interact with non-football players. That being said, Rhodes has a lot of male athletes, but sports is not prevalent on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Memphis is an interesting city. There are super safe neighborhoods right next to very sketchy ones. Going off campus during the day, even if walking alone, is completely safe and harmless, but at night I would never walk anywhere alone.

On campus, I have never once felt endangered or worried that I might be attacked. Campus safety does a magnificent job of keeping the campus safe.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fraternities hold parties on Thursday through Saturday with DDs for all off-campus parties. There is even a phone number that you can text, and a brother will come pick you up (even if you are at a different fraternity's party). If partying isn't your thing, Greek life still hosts events that aren't parties. For example, every year AOII hosts a Minute-to-Win-It team fundraiser, and the TriDelts have a Pancake fundraiser. If Greek life in general sounds atrocious, there are still plenty of non-Greek events hosted on campus. For instance, the Rhodes Activity Board (RAB) hosts open mic nights and often gets local artists to play in the Lair.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Strict enough to ensure a good classroom environment, but lenient enough that people can still have a good time. The Honor Code is taken very seriously for the most part and is mainly supported by the initiative of your peers, which is awesome. The 3 big no's are lying, cheating, and stealing which are pretty simple rules to follow and really pay off (like there is nothing like the freedom to be able to leave all of my things in the library while I leave for a half hour study break at Middle Ground without any worries). This being said, rules are kind of loose in terms of alcohol, so if drinking is your thing, then just drink responsibly and bring a sober friend with you and you'll be fine!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life dominates the campus, which means almost all parties or social gatherings are Greek affiliated. That being said, the topic of Greek life is reflective of the lack of diversity on campus as there is a really large difference between the predominate (and historically white) Greek life on campus and the historically black Greek organizations that are often denied funds and receive little support from the school as a whole. Also, there have been some complaints from students about some activity from Greek organizations (mainly the fraternities) being of homophobic or racially offensive nature. All of this is kind of disappointing since Greek life is so predominant on campus and plays a large role in campus social life.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's one apartment complex that I believe is owned by the school and is technically off campus. A lot of older students just seem to prefer renting houses close to campus with their friends (which a lot of times can be cheaper than paying for on campus housing-which requires a meal plan), and I find that to be the preferential option.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus and I know that for the most part, the Campus Safety workers do a really good job (and will even give you a ride to the hospital if you need to go there, but calling an ambulance is unnecessary). They give out rides if you aren't feeling safe and will head over to check out any suspicious activity you may detect. The honor code pretty much prevents theft from even being an issue at all on campus. The only concern really is the dominance of frats/sororities combined with the strong presence of alcohol on campus. Misconduct due to that combination is a reality here.


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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.

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