A College That Changes Lives


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Rhodes is one of 40 colleges honored with membership in the Colleges That Change Lives organization, which promotes a student-centered college search process. Like our partner institutions, we strive to enroll students who believe Rhodes is the right fit for them—based on not only their academic achievements but their personal goals, interests and values.

In 2006, Loren Pope included Rhodes in his revised and expanded edition of the popular guide Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges (Penguin). Pope was education editor of the New York Times in the 1950s and in 1965 opened the College Placement Bureau in Washington, D.C., to help families of college-bound students make informed choices. Pope’s first edition of Colleges That Change Lives was published in 1996 and also included Rhodes.

Citing grade point averages and test scores, Pope notes, “However, Carey Thompson, Rhodes’ Vice President and Dean of Admission, adds ′No objective criteria can speak to us the way the subjective can. With small classes and a close knit community, we really appreciate knowing what kind of citizen each student will be. At Rhodes, you’re not just a number; you are one of us and we want you to be able to benefit from everything that Rhodes has to offer—and we want to benefit from everything you’re bringing to Rhodes.′”

Pope says “First-rate, caring scholar-teachers are the hallmark of the colleges in this book, but I was especially impressed with the ones I talked with at Rhodes.” 

Adds Pope, “Aside from the core courses, students have a panoply of choices: traditional majors or interdisciplinary ones, internships in many different fields that may open career doors, a variety of foreign-study experiences—including, of course, a term at Oxford.”

After ten years, says Pope about Rhodes graduates, “A thread that runs through their testimonials is the number who had no idea when they came to college that they could achieve the things they did, whether it was a creative, research, or learning triumph or some athletic or extracurricular accomplishment.”