Campaign Priorities


This Campaign will marshal the necessary resources to help our students learn, grow and contribute. Rhodes College alumni and students are helping researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find cures for childhood cancers, building racial understanding through our Crossroads to Freedom Project, addressing the ills of urban poverty through education and health care, focusing on environmental issues from an urban perspective, and much more. They are immersed in a culture where academic training and social action build character…and leaders.

With your support, Rhodes College can solidify its place as one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges and our current students can join our alumni in changing the world.


Student Aid

Each year there are dozens of highly talented students who have their heart set on attending Rhodes College but whose families cannot afford our tuition. When we are unable to provide an adequate financial aid package to support their matriculation, our campus community is diminished by their absence. At Rhodes, students come first. The Campaign for Rhodes has bolstered our financial aid resources but not enough to meet demand. Since the campaign’s inception our financial aid budget has tripled from $10.7 million to $30 million. Our student body has never been more talented or as diverse. The Campaign for Rhodes will empower us to never turn away students who belong in our family.


Faculty Support

At Rhodes our faculty are, first and foremost, dedicated teachers. Attracting and retaining the most committed and capable teachers/scholars is a second core priority area of the campaign. We are in need of funds to recruit faculty in exciting new program areas such as Political Economy and Environmental Studies and Sciences. And we must equip our faculty with the tools, talent and resources that they need to continue to inspire our students.



Science Facility Enhancements

Rhodes College has an impressive history of graduates who go on to pursue careers in medicine and science. 21st Century Science is interdisciplinary and highly reliant on computer science and new technologies. At Rhodes, we are trying to offer a progressive science curriculum in a building designed to facilitate the state of science in the 1960s. Despite the limitations of our current science facilities, more and more Rhodes students are majoring in science. Our plan is to make systemic renovations to our science facility. We have a first-rate science faculty and highly capable students. It’s past time for our science facility to be an asset rather than a detriment to scientific pursuits at Rhodes.