International Students


International students bring enormous talent and distinctive perspectives to our campus and are warmly welcomed. The Rhodes curriculum and faculty provide an ideal experience for students seeking a broad understanding of cultures, languages, the arts, science, and social issues. Our location in Memphis further enriches the experience of international students who often benefit from our partnerships with FedEx, St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital, International Paper, and numerous other government, healthcare, financial, non-profit and legal agencies and firms. Prospective international students seeking to be a full-time student may apply to Rhodes using the Common Application.

The Buckman Center for International Education provides a support system for all international students during their time at Rhodes. These services include making travel arrangements, shopping trips and tours in Memphis, help with the transition to American culture and free diction and academic-writing workshops.

How to Apply For Admission

International students interested in applying for admission to Rhodes are encouraged to apply Early Decision or Early Action, but also have the option to apply Regular Decision. Admission to the college is highly selective. All international applicants are required to submit the following:

  • The Common Application 
  • High School Transcript translated into English
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not your native language. This requirement may be waived for those students whose academic instruction in secondary school is in English. Applicants most competitive for admission score at least a 95 on the TOEFL or a 7.0 on the IELTS.
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • School Report Form
  • Certification of Finances 

We strongly recommend that all international applicants for whom English is not their native language participate in an interview conducted by InitialView. Since many international students are coming from educational systems that are different from that of the U.S., we find it valuable to be able to view an unscripted interview where each applicant may discuss his or her unique background and goals. InitialView will conduct the interview and record the conversation so that it can be reviewed by our office. We realize there is a cost for this service; please know that these interviews are recommended, but not required.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

For additional information on financial aid available to international students, please visit our International Financial Aid webpage for more details.


Steve Thomas, Director of International Admission
Rhodes College, Office of Admission
2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112 USA
Phone: +1 901.843.3700
Fax: +1 901.843.3631
Territory:  Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Canada

Lauren Sefton, Associate Director of Admission
Rhodes College, Office of Admission
2000 North Parkway, Memphis, Tennessee, 38112 USA
Phone: +1 901.843.3700
Fax: +1 901.843.3631
Territory: Central and South America