Entering Class Snapshot: Student Enrollment is Up
Publication Date: 8/20/2010
The first day of classes at Rhodes is August 25, and the college is expecting a record 507 first-time, first-year students in the Class of 2014. During the past year, the college received a record number of applications (over 5,500) and saw a record number of prospective students visit the campus (over 3,450).
The Class of 2014 comes from 38 U.S. states and territories as well as 6 foreign countries including China, Japan, Pakistan, Switzerland, Vietnam, and Zambia. One hundred and thirty two students (26 percent) come from Tennessee with large numbers of students coming from Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Arkansas as well. Students of color make up 19 percent of the first-year class.
With an acceptance rate of 45 percent, admission was highly selective. The mid-50 percent ACT composite is 26–30 and 73 percent reported a high school grade point average of above a 3.5.
The class also boasts a high number of leaders, with 107 captains of varsity athletic teams, 87 presidents of a high school clubs or organizations, 42 editors of yearbooks, school newspapers or literary magazines, and 28 presidents/vice presidents of student governments or senior classes.
Vice President for Enrollment and Communications J. Carey Thompson calls this year’s class “one that is characterized by students who have already achieved remarkable success including a Presidential Scholar, a Children’s Ambassador to UNICEF and a founder of an inner-city ballet troupe. We look forward to welcoming them to Rhodes.”