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Rhodes is a national, highly selective, undergraduate, residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others and honor among ourselves. We enjoy one of the country’s most beautiful campuses in the heart of Memphis, an economic, political and cultural center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area.

We have numerous national rankings and recognitions that support our reputation for excellence on a variety of fronts:


Colleges That Change Lives
Rhodes is one of only 40 institutions featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. First published in 1996, CTCL features colleges that successfully develop potential, values, initiative and risk-taking in a wide range of students. Rhodes College has been featured in each edition of the book.

Princeton Review
In 2013, Rhodes was once again included in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges. Rhodes was also named a Best Value, a Best Southeastern College, and also made the top 20 list for colleges where Students Study the Most. 

In 2012, Forbes named Rhodes one of America’s Top 100 Colleges

Fiske Guide to Colleges
Rhodes is among colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain profiled in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly ranks colleges and universities based on contributions to public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). In 2013, Rhodes ranked 16th overall.

Institute of International Education′s Open Doors Report
Rhodes made the list of Top 35 Colleges in the United States for students who study abroad.

Phi Beta Kappa
Rhodes is one of only 280 colleges and universities in the United States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic organization in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News
ranked Rhodes #54 in it 2013 list of top national liberal arts colleges.


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
In spring 2014, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance released its annual rankings of the best values in private institutions based on academic quality and affordability. Rhodes ranked in the list of 100 liberal arts colleges, and was ranked #6 in the list of 30 Best College Values in the Southeast/Mid-South. 

Fiske Guide to Colleges

In the 2014 edition, Fiske named Rhodes a "Best Buy."


In 2010 and 2011, Newsweek named Rhodes the #1 Most Service-Oriented College in the United States.

Washington Monthly
Washington Monthly
named Rhodes #1 among all colleges for "community service participation and hours served."


Princeton Review
In 2013, Rhodes was named the 5th Most Beautiful Campus in the U.S.

Huffington Post
In fall 2012, the Huffington Post ranked Rhodes #9 in its list of Top 10 Most Beautiful Campuses.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
In fall 2012, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Rhodes the 9th Most Beautiful Campus.