Summer Orientation

We are excited to offer an orientation experience each summer at Rhodes College called Open Rhodes. Our orientation program features both virtual and in-person experiences to help each new class of students prepare for their transition to the Rhodes Community in the fall.

To be more inclusive of student and family needs and the health and safety protocols due to COVID, we will host four in-person sessions and one virtual session of Open Rhodes.

Dates:

  • June 14-15 (Mon/Tues)
  • June 17-18 (Thurs/Fri)
  • June 21-22 (Mon/Tues Virtual Session)
  • June 24-25 (Thurs/Fri)
  • June 28-29 (Mon/Tues)

We are currently in the process of working on an Open Rhodes schedule to meet the current health and safety guidelines for social distancing.  You may register for your preferred Open Rhodes session via your Rhodes portal (https://admission.rhodes.edu/portal/openrhodes).

 Who Should Attend? 

All students enrolling at Rhodes for the first time in the fall of 2021 (Class of 2025 and transfer students) should attend.

^Parents and Family members are welcome but not required to attend.

How Do I Sign Up? 

Students will only be able to register after they have paid their new student enrollment deposit by going to the registration calendar in their Admission Portal.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s important to register as soon as possible. An email confirmation will be sent to the student′s email address with their assigned registration date.  

Day One Schedule

Students

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Refectory Dining Hall

Check-In, Information Fair, & Optional Lunch
Check-in will begin at the main entrance of the refectory. Participants may visit with various campus offices and representatives before grabbing lunch.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
McNeill Concert Hall

Welcome to Rhodes
Please join us for a welcome message by members of the Rhodes community. 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Various Classrooms

A Student's Life at Rhodes
Students will break into small groups to learn more about the academic transition to Rhodes College.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
McNeill Concert Hall

Major Opportunities
These presentations will focus on selection of a major, major career options, and learning opportunities that are available to students.

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Around Campus

Campus Tours
Students will have an opportunity to learn more about Rhodes during this campus tour.

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Refectory

Dinner
Students will have the opportunity to get to know their classmates during dinner.

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hyde Hall (Refectory) 

Health Professions Advising
Any student interested in health professions or veterinary medicine should plan to attend this session.

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
McCallum Ballroom, BCLC
 
Let's Talk Student Life
Students will have an opportunity to meet with members of the Division of Student Life to gain a greater insight into services and resources provided.

7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Break
Students may return to their room or find a space to take a break before the evening activity.

8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Various Classrooms

Evening Social
Students will gather in their orientation groups for a chance to build community and have meaningful conversations and connections.

10:00 p.m.
Return to Room
All students should return to their assigned rooms and prepare for bed.

 

Parent & Family

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Refectory

Check-In & Information Fair 
Check-in will begin at the main entrance of the refectory. Participants may visit with various campus offices and representatives before grabbing lunch.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
McNeill Concert Hall

Welcome to Rhodes
Please join us for a welcome message by members of the Rhodes community. 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
McCallum Ballroom, BCLC

From Home to Rhodes: Parent & Family Transition
Parents and families will engage in a discussion on transitions they and their students will soon face.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
McCallum Ballroom

Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McCallum Ballroom

From Parent to Partner
This session will focus on assisting parents in gaining perspective on how to best support and develop college-aged students.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
McCallum Ballroom 

Student Panel
Parents and families will have an opportunity to hear from current students at Rhodes in regard to their college experience.

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 
Barret Library, Cloister
Reception for Parents/Families
Please join parents and campus representatives for light refreshments and conversation. A list of local restaurants will be provided. 

5:45 p.m.
Around Campus

Campus Tour for Parents & Families
For families who wish to take a campus tour. 

Day Two Schedule

Students

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
Refectory

Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Various Classrooms 

Orientation Group Meeting
Students will meet with their Open Rhodes group.

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
McCallum Ballroom 

Registration Information
Students will meet with the registrar to receive information about class registration.

10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Fine Arts: Frazier Jelke-B
Humanities: Frazier Jelke-C
Natural Science: Spence Wilson Room, Briggs Hall
Social Science: Barret 051

Divisional Advising Session I 
Students will hear brief descriptions of the opportunities in different departments, majors, and programs. Foundation requirements will be reviewed.

10:45 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. 
Fine Arts: Frazier Jelke-B
Humanities: Frazier Jelke-C
Natural Science: Spence Wilson Room, Briggs Hall
Social Science: Barret 051

Divisional Advising Session II 
Students will hear brief descriptions of the opportunities in different departments, majors, and programs. Foundation requirements will be reviewed.

11:20 a.m.  
Break
Students may break and prepare for meeting with faculty.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Various Offices 

Small Group Advising Session
Students will meet with a faculty member to plan their first semester schedule.

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Refectory

Lunch

1:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Various Offices

One-on-One Advising & Mini-Sessions
Mini-Sessions (see chart below) will be offered every half hour. During one of these times, students will be assigned to meet one-on-one with a faculty member to discuss and submit course request.

Parents & Family

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
McCallum Ballroom

Student Life Overview
Parents and family members will have an opportunity to hear from the Division of Student Life leadership. Also provided will be a small continental breakfast.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Refectory 

Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Break

12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
McCallum Ballroom

The Rhodes curriculum w/Academic Affairs
Join us to hear from leadership from academic affairs to gain a greater understanding of the Rhodes curriculum and liberal arts education.

1:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Mini-Sessions
Mini-Sessions (see chart below) will be offered every half hour. During one of these times, students will be assigned to meet one-on-one with a faculty member to discuss and submit course requests.

Mini-Sessions

Campus Map

 

Briggs Hall: Spence Wilson
Room

Barret 051

Frazier Jelke-B

Frazier Jelke- A

Bonner Center (West Campus above bookstore)

1:45-2:10pm

Fin Aid

Athletics

Career Services

Student Involvement


Community Service**

2:15pm-2:40pm

Fin Aid

Athletics

Career Services

Navy ROTC

 

2:45pm-3:10pm

Residence Life

Intramurals/Club Sports

Academic/Accessibility Resources & ADHD Coaching

Army ROTC

 

3:15pm-3:40pm

Residence Life

Library/IT

Study Abroad

Air Force ROTC

 

3:45pm-4:15pm  

Health Services & Insurance

Library/IT

Study Abroad

Pre-Law/Mock Trial

 


4:30pm- 5:15pm

       

Community Service**

 **students must attend this session to apply for community service work study

Virtual Open Rhodes, June 21 &22

Day One 

11:00 a.m.
Welcome

11:20 a.m.
Open Rhodes Introduction and Expectations

11:30 a.m.
Major Panel (5 Faculty)

12:00 p.m.
Registrar Information Session

12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks

1:00 p.m.
Orientation Group Meeting for Students Only

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Health Professions Virtual Information Session
ONLY Students who are interested in health professions should attend this information session.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Community Service Work Study Virtual Information Session
ONLY students who are interested in community service work study should attend this session.


Day Two

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Small group Advising Session

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
1:1 Advising Sessions

*Please note: a Zoom link will be emailed to the student a week before the Open Rhodes session.

Welcome Week

On Campus

Welcome week is a six-day experience that takes place before classes begin in the fall. Students will have the opportunity to meet other new students, learn more about campus and the surrounding community, meet with their academic advisor, and finalize their fall schedule.

Date for Move-in Day for the Class of 2025 will be Thursday, August 19.

More details will be posted soon!  

If you have questions or concerns, please call us at 901-843-3815 or email Ira Lawson, Director of New Student Programs and Leadership, at lawsoni@rhodes.edu