Admission FAQs

Does Rhodes have my major?

See our full list of Majors and Minors.

What can I do with my Rhodes degree?

In short, almost anything. The skills you finely tune with a liberal arts degree—critical thinking, writing, communication, creative problem solving—are the skills most sought after by employers. Liberal arts degrees are purposefully broad to provide students with a breadth of experience and knowledge that allow graduates to excel in many settings. You can find Rhodes graduates in business management of Fortune 500 companies, practicing medicine at top ranking hospitals, directing grass-roots non-profit organizations, working as lawyers, entrepreneurs, artists, data analysts, and in nearly every other sector. As a matter of fact, 96% of Rhodes graduates are employed or in graduate school within a year of graduation. Still not satisfied? The Princeton Review also named us as one of the top 50 Colleges that Create Futures. Rest easy. The liberal arts degree you will earn from Rhodes is not only relevant, it’s essential.
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Can I study abroad?

Yes! And more than once if you want. The majority (65%) of Rhodes students study abroad at least once. Rhodes students can participate in semester-long programs, short-term summer programs, or exchange programs. For more information, go here.  
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Can I participate in research?

Absolutely. Rhodes students are conducting research in every academic discipline. The opportunities are varied and ample, whether on or off campus. Because our enrollment is primarily undergraduate, our faculty are selecting undergraduate students to work directly with them on their own research. This means our students have several years to cut their teeth on concentrated research before entering graduate school. You can learn more on research here.
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What are some special Rhodes traditions?

Like many other colleges, Rhodes has a storied history marked by many traditions that we continue to celebrate. You can read about a few of those traditions here.
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What summer opportunities do students take advantage of?

While our academic calendar runs from August to May, many Rhodes students are benefiting from a variety of summer enrichment programs. From studying abroad in Cape Town, Chiang Mai in Thailand, or many of the other Rhodes Abroad programs, to conducting research in our own backyard through the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies. From engaging in Memphis community projects through the Summer Service Fellowship to conducting research with experts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or interning at one of the many top notch companies that we have partnerships with. The summer opportunities for Rhodes students are influential accompaniments to their work on campus, and many of which are for credit and/or pay.
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What is the Honor Code at Rhodes?

The Honor System is a tradition valued by the Rhodes community for more than a century. It allows the fullest possible expression of individual life in harmony with community life. Specifically, all first-year students participate in a ceremony during their first week on campus where they sign the honor code, promising not to lie, cheat, or steal as a member of the Rhodes community. The Rhodes community believes these principles to be fundamental in ethical life, both during and after college.
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What is it like to be in Memphis?

If you’re looking at other small liberal arts colleges, then you know it’s rare to find one in a major city. We love that we’re located in the heart of Memphis, famously known as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll and home of the blues. Memphis is a soulful city with a rich history and a passion for music, food, and community. Our location conveniently allows students to intern at Memphis staples like FedEx, ALSAC, and the Memphis Zoo. Additionally, over 80% of our students are also giving back to the city of Memphis through community service. And of course, students are having fun in the city attending concerts at the Levitt Shell, Grizzlies games, shows at the historic Orpheum Theater, taking in views of the Mississippi from Big River Crossing, and enjoying the famous BBQ. Memphis is a wonderful place to call home for your next four years. In fact, Rhodes students like it so much that over 30% stay in Memphis after graduation to launch their careers and continue their education.

What scholarships do you offer?

Rhodes offers a variety of merit-based scholarships and fellowships. All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship. Your application to Rhodes serves as your application for merit aid, so there’s nothing additional you need to do. Merit money ranges anywhere from $7,000 to full tuition. The Day, Fine Arts, Taylor, Bonner, and Jewish Community Fellowships require extra materials. More information on scholarships
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Do you require an interview for admission?

No, but we offer interviews both on campus and off while we are traveling as a way to get to know our applicants better. An interview is also a great opportunity for students to learn more about Rhodes from an admission representative. We do not offer alumni interviews.
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What are the dorms like?

Rhodes is a residential community. Because we believe important discussion and enrichment comes from living with your peers, we require first and second-year students live on campus. And still, around 75% will live on campus for all four years. We have a variety of traditional dorms, suite-style living, and on-campus apartments.  All have the collegiate gothic-style charm characteristic of our campus, and also include the modern amenities of laundry, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and parking at no additional cost. You can learn more about residential living options here.
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Can I bring a car?

Yes. We have no restrictions on bringing a vehicle to campus, and parking is free. If you are without a car, there are plenty of other ways to navigate Memphis.
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Are there resources for undocumented students?

We welcome undocumented students in the Rhodes community. We partner with Golden Door to provide the full cost of tuition, fees, room and board, as well as health care to five Golden Door Scholars each year. You should feel comfortable discussing your status with your admission counselor. We promise to advocate for you and advise you on how to best navigate our admission process. We encourage all undocumented students to apply for institutional aid through the CSS Profile, and forgo submitting a FAFSA.
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Do you award credit for AP and IB?

Generally, yes. Course credit at Rhodes is typically granted for a 4 or 5 made on the AP examination, and the same is true for a 5, 6, or 7 earned on the IB exams. You can find more on AP and IB course credit as well as a chart with corresponding Rhodes courses here.
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Is it easy to double major?

Rhodes offers over 50 different majors, interdisciplinary majors, and minors. Students are not required to declare a major until the spring semester of their sophomore year, but if you are planning to double major, early planning will result in success. All students will work with their advisors to plan their academic path whether that encompasses a single major, a pre-professional track, a double major, or any other combination of options. You can learn more about our major and minor offerings here.
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What resources are available for academic accommodations?

Close to 14% of students are registered with Student Accessibility Services at Rhodes. This includes students with both physical and academic differences. Through students taking responsibility in requesting services, and collaborating with faculty and staff, we hope to ensure that students experience access and inclusion at Rhodes.
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