What Does the Rhodes Class of ’13 Look Like?


Publication Date: 8/21/2009

The first day of classes at Rhodes is August 26, and the college is expecting 435 first-time, first-year students in the Class of 2013. During the past year, the college received a record number of applications (over 5,300), saw a record number of prospective students visit the campus (over 3,000), and accepted a record low 41 percent of its applicants.

Students come from 36 states as well as the Bahamas, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Russia, and Vietnam. Just over one quarter of the first-year students come from Tennessee. The college also attracts high numbers of students from Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Arkansas. This year’s first-year class boasts a record 23 students from China.

Also noteworthy is a record number of students of color, making up 24 percent of the first-year class. “We were particularly pleased with the diversity of the entering class.  This year’s class is the most geographically and ethnically diverse in the college’s history,” says Dave Wottle, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.  “As we have continued to reach out to students of color and to those in other parts of the country to tell the story of Rhodes, students have responded.”

Academically, the college saw an increase in the average standardized test scores of entering students as well as a higher average high school grade point average. In the Class of 2013 are 18 valedictorians and 6 salutatorians. Fifty-three percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their class.

In student leadership, 97 were captains of a varsity athletic team, 88 were president of at least one high school club; 36 were presidents/vice presidents of their student government or senior class; 21 were editors of the yearbook, school newspaper or literary magazine; and 15 were president /vice president of the National Honor Society.

The total entering class (first-year and transfer students) is expected to be 451 students. 

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