Diversity at Rhodes


Rhodes College Commitment to Diversity

Diversity shows up in several different ways on our campus and is welcomed and celebrated throughout. We believe that diversity in backgrounds, thought, interests, beliefs and experiences are not only valuable, but critical to a meaningful learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. As a statement to the importance of diversity in our community, students, faculty and staff look to the Commitment to Diversity.

Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers activities, support and resources to students from historically underrepresented groups. It offers opportunities for the entire campus to celebrate and learn more about these groups. These organizations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • All Students Interested in Asia (ASIA)
  • Black Student Association (BSA) 
  • The Hispanic Organization for Language and Arts (HOLA)
  • The Rhodes Indian Cultural Exchange (RICE)
  • The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

Geographic Diversity

Rhodes is truly a national college of liberal arts and sciences with a student body from 47 states and 11 countries represented. 

Diversity of Thought and Studies

Intellectual curiosity is encouraged in every piece of the Rhodes experience, but is most easily identified in the numerous options available for academic study. Rhodes students find ways to make connections across disciplines by doing things like double majoring, developing a bridge major or creating their own major. The Foundations Curriculum allows students to choose how they will master different skill sets inside and outside of the classroom.  Students are also able to focus their studies on different groups through majors and minors in areas like the following:

  • African American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Anthropology/Sociology

Diversity of Activities

There are over 135 student organizations on our campus, but if you can’t find your niche, you can make it! Students are actively engaged in everything from the Honor Code, campus entertainment and community service. It all starts with your involvement in the various student-led programs available to everyone from the time you step on campus. Learn more about the student organizations and activities.