Information for High School Counselors

Admission Update on the Class of 2022

  • We enrolled a first-year class of 547 students and our overall acceptance rate was 44%. 
  • We typically enroll about 30% of our class from Early Decision I and II. 
  • Our current student body hails from 46 states and 44 countries, and multicultural and international students make up more than 30% of our campus population. 
What’s New at Rhodes? 
  • In 2017, we welcomed Dr. Marjorie Hass to campus as our 20th president. 
  • Robertson Hall, a 55,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science facility that houses biology and chemistry faculty, teaching labs, research labs, and classrooms, opened in 2017, and served more than a quarter of the student body. Following a complete renovation, Briggs Hall reopened in 2017 as our new home for computer science, which is Rhodes’ fastest-growing major. 
  • The sciences continue to be very strong at Rhodes, especially with our partnership programs with local hospitals such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our partnership with the Neuroscience Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital pairs each student in the program with a neuroscientist, with whom they serve as an understudy for 15 months. The program expanded last year to include six more students and six physicians outside of the Neuroscience Institute. 
  • Thanks to a transformational gift, the Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes expanded its mission, with initial areas of focus being urban education, the arts and social change, and neighborhood community development. 
  • We established a Hillel chapter on campus, marking our formal affiliation with the largest Jewish student organization in the world. 
  • Along with creating six new fellowships in educational studies, Rhodes launched a Master of Arts in urban education program, which held its inaugural Summer Institute in June.
Applications and Deadlines 
Successful Rhodes applicants will demonstrate their academic readiness and their well-rounded extracurricular lives through their application for admission. Rhodes practices holistic admission, meaning that our evaluation reviews each student′s high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, a written essay, extracurricular activities, and school and teacher recommendations. 
Further, we recommend that applicants be personally engaged with the college by visiting with the Admission staff on campus, in their high school, or in their communities. Students may also demonstrate interest through telephone calls and written correspondence with the Admission staff. The better we know you and the better you know Rhodes, the better we will know if you and Rhodes are a good fit. 
Early Decision
Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) are competitive, but reasonably similar in the quality of student who is offered admission. 
Early Decision I and II applicants can expect a response (including financial aid, if applicable) within two weeks of completing their application
Rhodes has traditionally factored demonstrated interest (campus visit, coffee shop interview, communication with admission counselor) into our decisions. 
Rhodes considers Early Decision candidates on a rolling basis beginning September 1. Students applying for scholarship and financial aid will receive full consideration for merit-based and need-based funding.  There are two Early Decision rounds to consider.   

Early Decision I - Students must apply by November 1 for Early Decision I consideration. Rhodes begins to review Early Decision I applications on September 1st and normally delivers both admission and merit scholarship decisions within two weeks of reception of all supporting documents including financial aid applications (if applicable).   

  •  Students wanting to be considered for merit scholarship need only submit their completed application for admission.     
  • Students accepted Early Decision I must make a $400 enrollment deposit within two weeks of notification.    
  • To be considered for need based aid, Early Decision I applicants are required to complete both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by November 1st.  Notification of need based aid is November 15.  Students seeking need based financial aid must make their $400 enrollment deposit no later than December 1.   

Early Decision II – Students must apply by January 15 for Early Decision II consideration.  Rhodes begins to review Early Decision II applications on November 15th and normally delivers both admission and merit scholarship decisions within two weeks of reception of all supporting documents including financial aid applications (if applicable).     

  •  Students who wish to be considered for merit scholarship need only submit their completed application for admission.     
  • Students accepted Early Decision II must make a $400 enrollment deposit within two weeks of notification.   
  • To be considered for need based aid, Early Decision II applicants are required to complete both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by January 15th.  Notification of need based aid is February 1st.  Students seeking need based financial aid must make their $400 enrollment deposit no later than February 15th.
Test-Blind Admissions

While Rhodes requires all students to submit a standardized test score, we practice test-blind evaluation of admission and merit scholarship for those students who earn a 28/1300 or higher on the ACT/SAT. Once a student has scored at least a 28, we know that, from a testing perspective, their likelihood of being academically successful at Rhodes in their first year does not materially improve. Removing a ‘successful’ test score from deliberations allows us to focus on three and a half years of work and not overemphasize a three and a half hour exam. Conversely, for students with below a 28/1300, sub-scores and other aspects of their application become more important and better predictors of academic success at Rhodes.

First-Year Students

Students applying to be a first-year student must apply online through the Common Application. The Common Application website will guide you through each step of the application and inform you of the necessary supporting documents needed to submit a complete application for admission to Rhodes. Test scores from the ACT or SAT may be submitted to Rhodes using SAT code 1730 and ACT code 4008. All first year applicants for admission are required to submit: 
  • Common Application  
  • High School Transcript 
  • Either ACT or SAT scores 
  • High School Counselor Recommendation 
  • High School Teacher Recommendation 

Campus visits are strongly encouraged for all applicants but not required. We like to meet students individually to help us get to know them better and learn more about their academic preparation and experiences outside of their education. 

More importantly, students will get to see if Rhodes is the place where they want to spend the next four years.Visiting classes, meeting with professors, spending the night on campus and even eating in the dining hall is the best way to get a feel for Rhodes. Students can schedule a visit to Rhodes online. 

All applicants are considered for competitive merit awards, ranging from $7,500 to full tuition, on the basis of their Common Application and supporting materials. Separate scholarship applications are not required. 
There are four fellowships that do require a special application process: Taylor Physics Fellowship, Fine Arts Award (art, music, theatre), the Jewish Community Fellowship, and the Bonner Service Scholarship. 
All applicants seeking need-based aid consideration are required to complete both the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE. 
International students are considered for merit scholarships. To be considered for need-based aid, international students should submit the CSS PROFILE or International Student Financial Aid Application. Admission is more competitive for international students seeking need-based aid. 
Counselor Visits to Rhodes 
Rhodes hosts an annual counselor visit program each spring for approximately 25 counselors. Please ask your Rhodes admission counselor for more information. We also welcome your individual visit anytime, and would love to treat you to some Memphis BBQ! If you are planning to visit other colleges, Memphis is conveniently located approximately 3 hours from Nashville, 2.5 hours from Little Rock, and 4 hours from St. Louis. 
Prospective Student Programs 
Rhodes offers opportunities for prospective students to have meaningful interactions with Rhodes faculty and staff. These programs also allow students to sample the Rhodes community through living in campus dorms and exploring campus amenities and resources.  
The Summer Writing Institute at Rhodes College takes place annually for two weeks during June and is an intensive residential academic program committed to developing the critical thinking and writing skills of ambitious high school students. Within the college′s liberal arts environment, students sharpen their reading and analytical skills and learn strategies for writing creatively and critically through coursework in the humanities and social sciences. At the end of the session, students receive a grade for their work and class participation, earn two college credits, transferable to any college or university, and will have completed a portfolio of college-level writing. 
Rhodes invites talented high school mock trial students from all over the country to join us for a week-long, intensive, mock trial training camp. Students will have the opportunity to work with experienced coaches, who have a demonstrated record of success developing skills in public speaking and presentation, and learn how to effectively present an argument and develop an understanding of constitutional laws related to the judicial system. Rhodes’ Mock Trial Team has received more national bids than any other collegiate mock trial program in the country.
Accepted Student Programs
Students who have been admitted to Rhodes will enjoy programs designed to introduce them to life as a Rhodes student through interactions with faculty, staff and students.
Crossroads Program 
On February 24-25 and April 12-13, Rhodes will host Crossroads for admitted students. Crossroads encourages cultural inclusion, and provides a window into what those experiences could look like at Rhodes. Attendees can expect to hear from Rhodes students, faculty, and staff regarding the intersectionality of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and more. Students who identify with, or are allies of, underrepresented groups are welcome to attend. Interested students should register online.
College Preview Day
Preview Day is designed for students who have been accepted to Rhodes and their parents. The event provides an opportunity for students and their future classmates to spend a beautiful and exciting day on Rhodes campus meeting  faculty, staff and current students who will be eager to share their expertise and stories. The day includes attending a mock class, residence hall tours, student and faculty interaction, hearing from Memphians about important Memphis and Rhodes connections, and lunch.  Preview is scheduled for March 29, February 25 and April 13, 2019.
Register here.