Rhodes Expects 472 New Students

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Publication Date: 8/20/2007

The first day of classes at Rhodes is Wednesday, Aug. 22, and the college is expecting 472 new (transfer, exchange and first-year) students for Fall 2007. Of this total, 454 first-year students make up the Class of 2011. Almost 3,900 students applied for admission and the college accepted 50 percent of them.

The Class of 2011 comes from 38 states and three foreign countries. Seventy-three 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 69 students, followed by Missouri, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Maryland.

Students of color comprise 17 percent of this year′s entering class, an increase of 2.5 percentage points over last year.

“We were particularly pleased with the diversity of the entering class.  This year’s class is the most geographically and ethnically diverse in the college’s history,” says Dave Wottle, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.  “As we have continued to reach out to students of color and to those in other parts of the country to tell the story of Rhodes, students have responded. It has been very rewarding to find that more and more of them want to be a part of our community.”

Members of the Class of 2011 have standout academic credentials with 50 percent  ranking in the top 10 percent of their class and having an average GPA of 3.81. Twenty-nine students are valedictorians and 13 are salutatorians.

In student leadership, 129 served as president of at least one high school club or organization, 44 as a president or vice president of the student government or senior class, 19 as president or vice president of the National Honor Society, 21 as a publication editor, and 113 as captain of a varsity athletic team.

“We are delighted to have such an accomplished group of young people in our entering class,” adds Wottle.  “It never ceases to amaze me how much our students have achieved during their high school years.  Still, even with all of their accomplishments, they have incredible potential for growth.  Our faculty and staff look forward to helping them achieve that potential during their years at Rhodes.”

Total Rhodes enrollment is expected to reach approximately 1,700 students.