Another Outstanding Entering Class to Arrive at Rhodes


Publication Date: 8/16/2006

The college is expecting 477 new students for Fall 2006.

The first day of classes at Rhodes College is Wednesday, Aug. 23, and the college is expecting 477 new (transfer, exchange and first-year) students for Fall 2006. Of this total, 457 first-year students make up the Class of 2010. The entering class was selected from a record number of applicants. Almost 4,000 students applied for admission and the college accepted 48% of them.

“We are excited to welcome such an outstanding entering class to Rhodes,” says Dave Wottle, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. “The students have achieved great success in high school, both academically and in their extracurricular achievements, and show outstanding promise for the future.”

Members of the Class of 2010 have standout academic credentials with fifty-two percent ranking in the top 10 percent of their class and having an average GPA of 3.85. Twenty-seven students are valedictorians and 10 are salutatorians.

In student leadership, 147 served as president of at least one high school club or organization, 57 as a president or vice president of the student government or senior class, 20 as president or vice president of the National Honor Society, 22 as a publication editor, and 98 as captain of a varsity athletic team.

The Class of 2010 comes from 38 states and four foreign countries. Seventy-four percent of students come from outside of Tennessee, and of those states outside of Tennessee, Texas is the geographic area most represented by the entering class with 56 students, followed by Arkansas with 31, Florida with 30 and Louisiana with 26.
“We have found that as we have reached out to other parts of the country in our recruiting efforts to tell the story of Rhodes, students have responded. They are interested in hearing about Rhodes and are excited to learn more about us,” says Wottle.

Students of color comprise 15 percent of this year′s entering class, an increase of two percentage points over last year. Total Rhodes enrollment is expected to reach 1,692 students.