Frequently Asked Questions


What is a liberal arts and sciences school?

A liberal arts and sciences college is one that has created an academic environment that encourages students to study an array of subjects in addition to their majors. Taking classes in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and foreign languages allows each student to expand his or her knowledge base and understanding of cultural values.

What is there to do in Memphis?

There is so much to do in Memphis! Seriously, Memphis is a great place to be a college student. Between the delicious restaurants, amazing music scene and professional sports (NBA and AAA Baseball), you’ll never be at a lack for something to do. Across the street from Rhodes, in Overton Park, you have access to the Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo and the Levitt Shell. You also have several theatres, restaurants and stores close to campus in Overton Square. For more specific ideas, visit the I Love Memphis blog.

What is the Honor Code at Rhodes?

The Honor Code is what binds the college together. All incoming students sign the Honor Code at the beginning of the school year, signifying that they pledge to not lie, cheat, or steal. This code not only covers your academic work but your life in general.

How do I pay a new student deposit?

You may pay your new student deposit of $400 by going here.

Does Rhodes superscore the SAT/ACT?

During the selection process, Rhodes uses the test scores that are most beneficial to you. That being the case, we superscore the SAT, which means that we take your highest Critical Reading score and your highest Math score, regardless of test date, and make our own composite. Rhodes does not superscore the ACT but rather takes the highest composite ACT score from one test date. Rhodes does not consider the Writing portion of the ACT or SAT.

Does Rhodes participate in the SAT Score Choice program?

Rhodes has chosen to participate in the College Board′s Score Choice program. This program provides you the opportunity to send only the SAT scores you choose. Score Choice is optional and if you choose not to use it, all scores will be sent to Rhodes. Each college has their own Score Choice policy; read more about it on the College Board website. Because Rhodes will superscore your SAT by taking your highest Critical Reading and Math scores, you are advised to specify that we receive the results of each SAT administration representing your highest score for each section of the test.

Does Rhodes require the writing section of the SAT and/or the ACT?

While the writing section of the SAT is taken by all students, we do not require that you take the optional ACT writing section. We do not currently use the writing subscore from either test in the application review process. We believe that we can obtain an accurate view of your capabilities based on your essay and your academic performance in your high school curriculum.

Do I need to submit the SAT Subject Tests?

Rhodes does not require the submission of SAT Subject Tests, except for home schooled students who must submit the results of two SAT Subject Tests other than English and Mathematics.

What’s the advantage of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate credits?

We think it’s critical to your intellectual development that you are assigned classes that will challenge you. If you have taken AP or IB classes in high school, you may be ready to move to the next level of coursework when you enter college.

How do I know if I can receive course credit or advanced placement at Rhodes?

Submit your scores from all AP/IB examinations you have taken. Entering students typically receive course credit and advanced placement for scores of 4 or 5 in a particular field on the Advanced Placement test. We typically grant course credit for each Higher Level International Baccalaureate Examination area passed with a score of 5–7. A listing of AP/IB credits awarded by field is available on the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credit.

What are the requirements to get into Rhodes?

Rhodes students are among the best and the brightest. We look for students who have demonstrated an intellectual curiosity and an ability to not only handle rigorous classwork but also challenge themselves inside and outside the classroom. Your application should highlight your academic facilities, your standardized test score (ACT or SAT) and who you are as a person. We look for students that will contribute both to our classrooms and our campus. In addition, we also want to know that you are interested in Rhodes! So come visit, check in when we are in your area, schedule an interview and stay in touch in with your counselor.

How much does Rhodes cost?

The annual price of Rhodes totals $51, 900. This amount includes tuition and fees ($41, 572) and room & board ($10,328). To read more about our tuition breakdown and the available scholarships and need-based aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship page.

How important is it that I show my interest in Rhodes?

Showing your interest in Rhodes is highly important to us.  We look most favorably upon students who have demonstrated a significant amount of interest in the college when reviewing applications. A few ways to show your interest include a campus visit, attending a college fair, high school visit, off-campus interview, or communicating with your admission counselor.  In the past, some students who have not demonstrated interest have been placed on the waitlist.

Do you require an interview?

Interviews are not required but are strongly encouraged. We get to put a face to a name and the same for you. In addition to showing your interest in Rhodes, an interview also helps us make a truly informed admission decision. We offer on-campus interviews, on-the-road interviews and phone interviews. Contact your admission counselor to set one up!

What is there to do on campus besides study?

Obviously you should spend time studying but if you’re spending all your time in class or studying, you are not having the full Rhodes experience. Rhodes has over 100 clubs and student organizations and 21 varsity sports – there is something for everyone! From student government to community service to art shows to Greek life, events and meetings are happening every week. You won’t be able to make it through the school year without being a part our school spirit organization called The Pack. Rhodes Activity Board(RAB) brings bands to campus for two concert weekends a year and does many campus-wide events for students throughout the year.  Also, The Big Diehl is an organization that offers weekend get-a-ways, free movie pass nights, discounted tickets to Memphis Grizzlies games and much more. 

What are your strongest subject areas?

We don’t have one subject standing apart from the pack as all are designed to be equally strong and involved in our academic community. However, we do see a few programs consistently attracting the largest numbers of students: Biology, Commerce & Business, Political ScienceEnglish and Psychology.  
    Other programs to take note of include our Neuroscience and Environmental Studies and Sciences programs.  Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of study that employs the tools and perspectives of biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and philosophy to achieve a better understanding of brain function, behavior, and the higher order cognitive processes that we collectively refer to as mind.  The Environemental Studies and Sciences program allows students to acquire a B.A. or B.S. and prepares students to be leaders in the environmental endeavors that are leading the world currently.  Like all other departments, these offer amazing on and off-campus educational and professional opportunities. With over 40 different majors and minors available, you’re going to find at least one you like.

What should I do if I was deferred or waitlisted?

The best course of action if you have been deferred or waitlisted is to contact your admission counselor with any updated information available. Send in your first semester senior year grades, an improved SAT and/or ACT score and/or visit campus. A student is typically deferred or waitlisted because we need to see improvement in at least one area. Your new information may increase your chances of being admitted.

Do you have a graduate program?

Yes, Rhodes does offer one graduate program – a Master of Science in Accounting. Read more about this program here.

Is Rhodes a NCAA Division III College?

Yes, Rhodes competes at the Division III level.  What does this mean for you as a student-athlete?  It means that academics are your priority.  While Rhodes is very competitive in the Division III athletics, our coaches understand that you are aspiring to a professional career in something other than your sport.