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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are just as important to faculty and students as academics are.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Students come out and support their friends at sporting events. Because the school is so small, almost everyone is friends with an athlete or an athlete themselves. The facilities are better than average, plus the addition of a new Varsity Weight Room allows athletes to train separately from the non-athlete population. For a Division III school, our athletics rank as some of the best in the nation in many different sports.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: overrated and overexaggerated

athletes are rude at times

3 College Junior

Athletics: Honestly I forget that we have sports at Rhodes.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not an athletic person nor do I find sports very entertaining so my opinion isn't really valid. I can go a long time without hearing about our athletics if that means anything.


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Rhodes is a school that's not very sports-oriented. No one really knows exactly why that is. Maybe it's because it's Division III, or maybe everyone gets too hyped up about SEC (Southeastern Conference) football teams to focus any excess energy on Rhodes' team. Either way, varsity sports are mainly only important to the people who play them or to those with friends on the team. Some students will make it out to a few games each year, but usually the stands are pretty bare. It's unfortunate for the players, especially since Rhodes does in fact have some great teams, but that's just how it is.

Intramurals and club sports are much more popular. That could be because they're a good balance for students who are unable or unwilling to try to deal with varsity athletics with a full, intensive course load. Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, and even Quidditch have big followings, and students love getting involved to take a break from working and to meet new people. Intramurals are the way to go if the lack of real sports drama is killing you. You could drive to Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) an hour and a half away to see a real SEC game, but if that's too much effort, you're out of luck. Technically, Sewanee is the school rival, but few people are even aware of that, let alone care enough to get truly competitive. Rhodes Activities Board (RAB) has started creating events to try to bring students into the stands and make everyone more involved, and it is working a little bit. You can also try to create school spirit on your own by putting on the red and black, and getting out into the stands, but you might have some trouble trying to drag your friends out with you. It's sad that the sports teams don't get enough credit because they do produce wins, and they’re a great thing to be a part of. You don't need to be recruited to get involved—one of the pros to being Division III!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
School Colors
Red, black, and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
206 - 29%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
150 - 15%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Dance team
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bryan Campus Life Center
  • Mallory-Hyde Gymnasium
  • Outdoor playing fields and courts
Most Popular Sports
On the varsity level, basketball, football, and soccer are most popular. There's also a lot of interest and competition with intramural and club sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, and even Quidditch!
Most Overlooked Teams
Most Rhodes teams are overlooked, which is sad because a lot of them have earned some great accomplishments recently.
School Spirit
Attending sporting events really isn't a pastime of the average Rhodes student. Because of this, it's easy to assume that there's no school spirit, but that's not entirely the case. While students don't always fill the bleachers and rush the field during games, they're still proud to be part of the Rhodes community. The "Honk If You Love Rhodes" sign waves proudly during orientation days, and alumni are constantly coming back for campus events. A current student could talk for hours about his or her professors, classes, beautiful campus, and all the opportunities Rhodes offers. And on your way out of campus, check the parking lot for all of the Rhodes bumper stickers!
Getting Tickets
Rhodes sporting events don't require tickets. In fact, oftentimes groups like the Rhodes Activities Board (RAB) have to create events with prizes to even get people to come to the games at all.
Best Place to Take a Walk
If you want to stay on campus, there isn't a bad place to take a walk! The grounds are gorgeous, and Oak Alley and Fisher Garden are especially nice to walk through on a sunny day. Overton Park is your best option if you want to go past the campus gates. Just make sure you go during the day and preferably with a buddy!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 72% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 18% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 50 responses

  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 18% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 52% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 47 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 45% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 36% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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