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Rhodes Is #1 on Newsweek′s "Most Service-Oriented" Schools

Publication Date: 9/7/2011

Tutoring children is just one of the many service opportunities available to Rhodes students.

Once again, Rhodes has ranked number one on Newsweek’s “Most Service-Oriented” list of schools. The college received this designation last year.

“These are the top schools in the nation for encouraging students to give back to the community and spend time in selfless service,” noted The Daily Beast, which is now the online home of the news magazine.

The 2011 list includes 25 colleges in the “Most Service-Oriented” category. Over 80 percent of Rhodes students participate in community service.


In other ranking news, Rhodes is 14th (up from last year’s 28th) on the Washington Monthly’s 2011 liberal arts college rankings. A total of 249 schools made this list.

The magazine rates schools based on their contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).


To demonstrate the active participation of Rhodes students in the community, here is a list of some of the college′s community partners:

Agape Child & Family Services
ALSAC/St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital
Arts Memphis
Baddour Memorial Center
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Club
Brooks Museum
Caritas Village
Central High School
Child Advocacy Center
Church Health Center
Commission on Missing and Exploited Children
Crisis Center
Cypress Middle School
DeNeuville Learning Center
Door of Hope
Dress for Success
Evergreen Presbyterian Church
Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee
Exchange Club
Facing History and Ourselves
Family Services of the Mid-South
Food Not Bombs
Freedom Preparatory Academy
Friends for Life
Girl Scouts Heart of the South
Greater Memphis United Chinese Association
Grizzly House
Grow Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Hollywood/Springdale Project
Hope House
Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Jacob′s Well
KIPP Diamond Academy
Latino Memphis
Leadership Academy
LeBonheur Children′s Hospital
Lester Community Center
Literacy Mid-South
Make a Wish Foundation
Manos de Madres
Memphis Area Legal Services
Memphis Athletic Ministries
Memphis Center for Independent Living
Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
Memphis Family Shelter
Memphis Farmers Market
Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center
Memphis Mental Health Institute
Memphis Muslim Medical Clinic
Memphis Public Library
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Memphis Urban League
Memphis Zoo
Methodist North Hospital
Mid-South Food Bank
MidSouth Peace and Justice Center
Mid-South Spay and Neuter Clinic
MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association)
MIFA Handyman program
MIFA Meals on Wheels
National Civil Rights Museum
Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.
New Hope Christian Academy
Opera Memphis
Our Children Our Future
Partners for the Homeless
Perea Pre-School
Pink Palace Museum
Planned Parenthood
Playhouse on the Square
Project Green Fork
Promise Academy
Refugee and Immigration Services
Refugee Empowerment Program
Revolutions Community Bike Shop
Rise Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Service Over Self
Shelby Farms Conservancy
Snowden School
Soulsville Charter School
Special Olympics
Springdale Elementary
St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital
St. Peter Villa
Stand for Children
Stax Music Academy
STREETS Ministries
Target House
Teach for America
Tennessee Equality Project
The Leadership Academy
The Med
Theatre Memphis
United Housing, Inc.
United Way of the Mid-South
Urban Art Commission
Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE
West Tennessee Family Solutions
Wolf River Conservancy
Women′s Foundation
Workers Interfaith Network
Young Life
Youth Villages



Tags: Admissions, Campus Life, Honors, Service, Students


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