International Students


Why Rhodes?


Consistently ranked in the top tier of the United States’ best national liberal art colleges, Rhodes is noted for its academic excellence and student involvement in community service projects in the city of Memphis. Our excellent academic program challenges students to think critically and reflect on their learning. Rhodes’ faculty is recognized for its focused commitment to teaching, its individualized attention to student academic development, and its attentiveness to involving students in research.


Our students themselves make Rhodes extraordinary: more than 80% of the students here participate in some form of voluntary community service, making Rhodes an integral part of the community. Rhodes brings out the best in each student. Students here often enjoy a closer relationship with faculty than is normal elsewhere. The average class size is 13, making lively class discussion a priority. Students who graduate from Rhodes are well prepared for the next step: our graduate school acceptance rates are nearly twice the national average for acceptance to medical school, and over 95% admissions to business, divinity and law schools after graduating.


Long recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in America because of its grand collegiate gothic architecture and magnificent grounds, our stone buildings, well-kept grounds, and nationally-known arboretum make the setting at Rhodes ideal for study, service, and play. Noted facilities include science labs equipped with top-of-the-line technology and equipment, an art gallery exhibiting work by both student and invited artists, music practice rooms and recital halls, a recreational and athletic complex (which includes an indoor track and outdoor swimming pool), and an unabashedly modern and tech-savvy library facility. The Paul Barret Jr. Library boasts 136,000 square-feet of computer kiosks, collaborative learning spaces, a multi-media theater and a cybercafé with 24-hour accessibility.

Rhodes is located in a historic residential neighborhood of Memphis about one mile from downtown and the Mississippi River, and with public transportation access to a full range of urban cultural activities. A vibrant city known for its musical heritage and its role in the civil rights movement, Memphis is home to opera, symphony and theater companies, a national basketball team, a baseball team, museums, and a variety of clubs featuring home-grown Mississippi blues and rock ‘n’ roll.


Visit the Admission for International Students site for details about applying to Rhodes - get started today!