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4 College Senior

Academics: The professors will push you.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Rhodes is about as good as one could ask for. The professors are engaging, very approachable and willing to help if you go to office hours. The only downside is that the workload can be quite overwhelming at times (especially if you are taking a lab) but visiting professors in office hours usually helps with the more difficult material.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Neuroscience is a great major. Since it is really popular there is a lot of help with faculty and a lot of opportunities to do work outside the classroom.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are very rigorous.

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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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 15 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 27% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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