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Study at Rhodes College

Rhodes College's origins can be traced back to the Masonic University of Tennessee, which was established in 1848. It became the Southwestern Presbyterian University in 1875 and the Southwestern at Memphis in 1945. Eventually, the institute was named Rhodes College in 1984. The sprawling 100-acre campus is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and it offers Enrolment to more than 1, 500 students every semester.

Rhodes College offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of subjects. Continuing education and study abroad programs are also available. Students can choose from courses in the disciplines of art, sciences, music, history, international studies, computer science, psychology, theater, religious studies and literature, among others.

The athletics department of Rhodes College sponsors men's and women's teams in basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming, track and field, field hockey, softball and volleyball. Known as the Lynx, the teams are members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA's Division III.

Profile of Rhodes College

Rhodes College is in Memphis, TN. Memphis is a large city. The school is classified as a Presbyterian Church (USA) college. Rhodes College is a private, not-for-profit institution. The school issues awards (degrees) up to the level of Master's degree.

Course Topics

Rhodes College offers many Course Topics. Fields of study in vogue at the school include music, science, art studies, and liberal arts.

Rhodes College Selectivity

Not all applicants to Rhodes College are accepted. Just 51% of applicants in 2007 were accepted at the school. The top quarter of students at Rhodes College scored at least 680 on the verbal SAT test. Students' math SAT scores were most often in the range 580 to 680 in 2007.


The schools' faculty/student ratio of superior to most. The most successful professors at Rhodes College are given tenure, encouraging them to stay with the school for a long time.

Student Enrolment

Approximately 1, 697 students study at the school .

Student Life

Very few students at Rhodes College attend part-time. The school offers a real campus feel. Rhodes College makes housing available to a large share of its students. Students at the school can take advantage of the school's meal plans. Students participate in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference athletics.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Rhodes College aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We will achieve our aspiration through four strategic imperatives: Student Access To attract and retain a talented, diverse Student Enrolment and engage these students in a challenging, inclusive and culturally-broadening college experience. Student Learning To ensure our faculty and staff have the talent, the time and the resources to inspire and involve our students in meaningful study, research and service. Student Engagement To enhance student opportunities for learning in Memphis. Student Inspiration To provide a residential place of learning that inspires integrity and high achievement through its beauty, its emphasis on values, its Presbyterian history, and its heritage as a leader in the liberal arts and sciences. "

Rhodes College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts178English, history, political science, international relations, economics, urban studies, Spanish language, Classical languages, . . .
Science86biology, physics, chemistry, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology
Business and Management39business management, accounting, international business
Religion and Philosophy31religion, philosophy
Therapy and Counselling29psychology
Art Studies12art studies
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Computer Science and Engineering2computer science

Contact: Rhodes College

Rhodes College

2000 North Parkway

Memphis, TN 38112-1690

General Phone: (901) 843-3000


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