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

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 
  • CSS PROFILE (If you are seeking financial aid)

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.

Financial Aid

All international students, regardless of consideration for need-based aid, must complete the International Student Certification of Finances, which is required to issue a visa from the United States government.

International applicants may be eligible and competitive for merit-based scholarships ranging from US $6,000 to full tuition.

Rhodes meets the demonstrated financial need of international students.  Need-based financial aid for international students (non-U.S. citizens) is determined from the international student CSS PROFILE or the College Board′s International Student Financial Aid Application.  See below for a link to each.  Aid is awarded in the form of grants or “gift" aid, which varies in dollar amounts according to each student’s demonstrated financial need. International students may also be considered for on-campus student employment.


College Board′s International Student Financial Aid Application


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