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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The students on campus are great. I wish there was more of a student center than just the Middle Ground.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful! Consistently ranked near the top. We have tons of trees and good lawn spaces. I think our athletics facilities are great, but I'm not an athlete. The library and adjoined coffee shop/study spot are great, but usually packed. We only have like 4-5 open computer labs, in the library, and then maybe one each in certain academic departments. It can be very hard to find a study spot around exam time, but otherwise it's not too bad. Our dining halls look nice but serve crappy food. Classrooms are fine, all are "smart" but some are just ugly. We have small arts programs and spaces. All buildings are fairly updated/renovated if they're old.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The buildings on campus are beautiful. The facilities themselves are mostly very nice and those that are not quite up to par are being improved.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life is bountiful, but is majorly contingent upon being greek. 50%+ of the student body is greek. Library is beautiful and very helpful, new build ('04). Campus events and traditions are also bountiful such as convocation and Rites of Spring. Students hang out in the Middle Ground often, which is a 24 hour lounge with Starbucks and printers (the coffee isn't 24 hrs).

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Dorms suck. Because the school is so old, most of the dorms haven't been renovated. The best housing is West and East Village, but it's pretty hard to get into one because of the housing selection system. Classrooms are not very high tech, and a lot of the bathrooms are really old.

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Step onto campus, and it feels like England. Actually, it feels like a scene from "Harry Potter," which is why many students jokingly call Rhodes "Hogwarts." The stunning Gothic architecture, the springtime flowers, the stone buildings, and the stained-glass windows make students fall in love with the school upon first sight. When the bell chimes, it really does begin to feel like another country entirely—definitely not Memphis

The amenities inside the buildings are impressive, too. The BCLC (Bryan Campus Life Center) is the main student activity center, and it's home to the workout rooms, basketball/racquetball/squash courts, the ballroom (where lecturers come to speak), and the outdoor pool. All of the facilities are kept clean and up-to-date, and, while the gym isn't huge, there's usually not a wait to use any of the machines. Connected to the BCLC is the Lynx Lair, where you can play a game of pool, watch the Super Bowl, or grab a snack. When you're forced to be productive, one of the most beautiful buildings on campus, inside and out, is the Paul Barret Jr. Library. The problem is sometimes it's too pretty—it's easy to stare off into space, marveling at its design. While there isn't much room on campus to expand, Rhodes is continuously updating facilities and making renovations to give students a state-of-the-art and aesthetically pleasing home for the next four years of their lives. 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
100 acres
Student Centers
Bryan Campus Life Center (BCLC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Paul Barret Jr. Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The amphitheater
  • The lawn by the bookstore
  • Lynx Lair
  • The Middle Ground
  • The pool
Bar on Campus
None, but the Lynx Lair sells beer.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but the College often reserves an entire theater at the Peabody and offers discounted tickets when many students show an interest in an upcoming film. Also, the Big Diehl (a Rhodes organization) frequently gives out free movie passes for the Malco Paradiso theater.
"Green" Initiatives
Rhodes has an environmental studies and sciences program, where students can combine the study of social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and fine arts.
School Slang
  • The BCLC: Bryan Campus Life Center, main student activity center on campus
  • Belli: Bellingrath, a residence hall for women
  • Big Willi: Williford, a residence hall for freshmen girls and boys
  • The Bubble: Either "the bubble" put over the pool during the winter, or phrase used to refer to Rhodes campus in regards to its isolation from the outside world ("The Rhodes Bubble").
  • Burrow: This building houses almost every office imaginable, including the Admissions Office.
  • Directory-Creep : The directory is an online collection of all students, faculty, and staff, complete with picture, phone number, address, major, and other such information. To "directory-creep" is to search someone to find out more information about him/her.
  • DT: Short for downtown
  • The Dungeon: The basement of Clough, where the psych department is located
  • EV: East Village, the only apartments located on campus
  • FJ: Frazier-Jelke, the science building
  • Fob: An electronic key that gives students access to almost all buildings on campus, including dorms and academic buildings. It can also be used to get through some of the gates that go around the entire campus. Freshmen are given one as soon as they arrive and are expected to keep it all four years. Don't lose it if you want to avoid awkwardly standing outside doors waiting for someone to walk by and let you in!
  • Glassell Castle : A nickname for Glassell Hall, a residence hall for freshman boys and girls
  • Hogwarts: A frequent nickname for Rhodes-just look at the campus and you'll know why!
  • The Hole: Hyde Hall, a dining room next to Servery B in the Rat
  • The Lair : The Lynx Lair, located within the BCLC
  • Lifer: A student who takes the "Life" track of the religious studies core requirement
  • The Lynx: The lynx statue by Rhodes Tower, which, by tradition, must be ridden before graduation
  • Lynxcard: Your Rhodes ID card, used mostly for meals (but can also be used to get discounts at some off-campus eateries and activities)
  • MG: Short for the Middle Ground, the 24-hour coffee house-esque hub inside of the library is where students can work in groups, grab some Starbucks coffee and a snack, and take a short break.
  • MT: Short for Midtown
  • ProStud: A prospective student
  • The Rat: The Catherine Burrow Refectory, an all-you-can-eat cafeteria
  • Rhea: The Rhea Lounge, located inside Briggs, a place where many clubs meet
  • Rhodent: A Rhodes student
  • Rites: This refers to a festival held each spring that includes three different events: Rites of Spring, Rites to Play, and Rites to Play Harder.
  • SACK Fair: A fair held at the beginning of fall semester to give students information about the on-campus organizations and service opportunities in the Memphis area
  • Searcher: A student who takes the "Search" track of the religious studies core requirement
  • The Tree: The convoluted online class registration form
  • Vo-To: Short for Voorhies-Townsend, a residence hall
  • Battle of the Bands: Each year, Rhodes hosts a campus-wide "Battle of the Bands" contest. Everyone crams into the Lair, does a little dancing, and watches as their friends perform. Winners of the contest are chosen by a panel of judges, and the first- and second-place winners get to play at Rites of Spring.
  • The Honor Code: The Rhodes Honor Code is a tradition that is more than a century old. Upon enrollment, all students pledge to uphold the code, which means refraining from dishonest acts, treating everyone with respect and kindness, and doing their part to preserve the Rhodes community. The level of integrity, trust, and camaraderie at the College because of the honor code is amazing. Professors leave during exams, students keep their doors unlocked, and books and movies are left in the social rooms all the time without the slightest bit of apprehension.
  • The Lynx: The lynx statue is located right outside of Rhodes Tower, on top of Frazier-Jelke. It's traditional that at some point during your tenure at Rhodes, you ride this statue. However, if you're caught, be prepared to go in front of the Social Regulations Council and be charged a fine. To avoid this reprimand, it's advised that you either ride it in the wee hours of the morning, or keep the pictures of your delinquency hidden. And don't ride it naked, as those pictures are sure to surface (yes, this happens).
  • Rites of Spring: For many Rhodes students, Rites is probably the highlight of their year. For Rites of Spring, nationally-known bands are booked for a two-day concert fest that is free to all students and faculty. In the past, performers such as Dr. Dre and DJ Kut, Soul Blossom, Three 6 Mafia, Lit, the Verve Pipe, Ying Yang Twins, Mat and Kim, Anberlin, and Better Than Ezra have played.
  • Rites to Play: At Rites to Play, Memphis school children and families are invited onto campus for a day of play with inflatables, obstacle courses, and various other games while grilling out on the lawn.
  • The Seal: After orientation, incoming freshmen line up for opening convocation and are led through the doors of Palmer Hall. Inside the cloister, they walk across the seal of Rhodes College. Many students never step foot on the seal again until four years later when they are lined up once more and led to the graduation ceremony. This quirky tradition is taken quite seriously, and you'll often see students purposefully weaving their way around the seal in order to get to class. It's rumored that if you step on the seal before your four years are up, you'll never graduate.
Urban Legends
  • It is rumored that McCoy Theater used to be a sorority house until a girl hanged herself from the ceiling. Supposedly, her ghost still haunts the place.
  • Some students say that there is a secret underground tunnel that leads to the zoo across the street.
  • The architect who designed Williford Hall had a daughter who was going to attend the College, and he intentionally made the building maze-like so that boys couldn't find their way to her room.
  • The bell that's housed in Halliburton Tower is off-limits to students, but each year someone attempts to climb the wall and read the secret inscription on it.
  • There's a ghost on the sixth floor of the library, the third floor of Bellingrath, and in the McCoy Theater.
Favorite Things To Do
Rhodes students like to keep busy, but during free moments, many enjoy grabbing coffee in the Middle Ground, laying out by the pool, chatting with professors, playing ultimate Frisbee in the lawn, watching movies in the common room, and tons of other activities right on campus. There's also a group called "the Big Diehl" that sponsors off-campus activities ranging from whitewater rafting and Six Flags to Grizzlies games and Broadway productions-all at a majorly discounted price.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Most, if not all, students are involved in several clubs or organizations. If volunteer work is what you love, Rhodes is a gold mine. There are various groups geared toward service-which makes sense, since Rhodes was named "Most Service-Minded School" in fall 2010 by Newsweek. There are also many other types of active clubs and organizations, such as mock trial, varsity and intramural sports, Gay Straight Alliance, College Democrats and College Republicans, Black Student Association (BSA), Contents Under Pressure (an improv group), "Lipstick on Your Collar" and "Woolsocks" (the women and men's a capella groups), Rhodes Radio, the Sou'wester (student newspaper), Rhodes Christian Fellowship (RCF), Muslim Student Association, GlobeMed, S.I.G.N. (sign language), student government, the Peer Advocate Center, and much more. If Rhodes doesn't already have a club you're interested in, get a few friends and start up one yourself! Though it might seem intimidating, it really isn't too difficult to do.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Rhodes Mock Trial team has won four national championships and currently holds the record for consecutive national tournament appearances.
  • Rhodes Activities Board (RAB) is responsible for organizing all the fun on campus throughout the school year. The board is made up of student-elected reps from each year, and they work together to put on some of the biggest campus activities and events such as Rites of Spring, Homecoming, Battle of the Bands, the Pancake Study Break, and more.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 38% Rites of Spring
  • 14% The Lynx
  • 14% The Honor Code
  • 14% The Seal
  • 10% Battle of the Bands
  • 10% Rites to Play

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 36% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 21% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 7% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 39 responses

  • 38% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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