Information for High School Counselors

Admission Update on the Class of 2020

  • Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) are competitive, but reasonably similar in the quality of student who is offered admission.  For example, students admitted in EA had an average ACT of 29.8 while students admitted in RD had an average ACT of 29.3.  
  • Rhodes has traditionally factored demonstrated interest (campus visit, hotel interview, communication with admission counselor) into our decisions. 
  • Our applications were down 4% compared to last year when we experienced a 38% increase over the previous year – we received approximately 4500 applications this year. 
  • We enrolled a first-year class of 521 students and our overall acceptance rate was around 54%. 
  • We typically enroll about 20% of our class from Early Decision I and II.  
  • Our current student body hails from 46 states and 41 countries, and multicultural and international students make up 28% of our campus population. 

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

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 wanting 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.  

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. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid at Rhodes  

  • All applicants are considered for general merit scholarships, ranging from $15,000 to full tuition, on the basis of their Common Application and supporting materials. Separate scholarship applications are not required.  
  • There are three fellowships that do require a special application process: Taylor Physics Fellowship, Fine Arts Award (art, music, theatre), and the Bonner Service Scholarship. Visit www.rhodes.edu/finaid for more information. 
  • All applicants seeking need based aid consideration are required to complete both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. More information can be found at Financial Aid and Scholarships  

What’s New at Rhodes? 

  • This summer Rhodes hosted 25 Students on campus for the inaugural Mock Trial Academy to commemorate the Rhodes Mock Trial 30th anniversary.  
  • Rhodes has added a new educational studies major, the State of Tennessee’s recent approval of the schools’ licensure program for teachers, and the college’s partnership with Shelby County Schools. 
  • Rhodes recently completed a $314 million capital campaign that is being used to fund new science facilities, scholarships, and faculty support.  
  • This past fall, Rhodes re-opened the completely renovated Rhodes Tower science facility.  
  • We have broken ground on Robertson Hall, a new $30 million science building, to be opened fall 2017. The sciences continue to be very strong at Rhodes, especially with our partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Biology is one of our most popular majors and neuroscience is one of our fastest growing programs.
  • Rhodes College welcomes Dr. Charles Hughes as the new director of the Memphis Center, previously a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rhodes.  
  • The Princeton Review recently included Rhodes in its newest lists: “Colleges That Pay You Back” and “Colleges That Create Futures.”  
    Rhodes celebrated its 90th year in Memphis throughout the 2015-16 academic year, high-lighting the wide range of internship, fellowship, experiential learning, and service opportunities that are made possible because we are located in a major metro area. 

Athletics Update
Rhodes won the 2014-2015 Presidents Trophy, which honors the top athletics program in the Southern Athletic Association. In addition, Rhodes ranked No. 1 for the number of student-athletes earning All SAA Honor Roll. 

  • Field Hockey
    2015 & 2016 Conference Champs

  • Women’s Golf
    2015 & 2016 Conference Champs 2014 & 2016 NCAA National Champs

  • Baseball
    2015 Conference Champs Ranked #11 nationally

  • Women’s Lacrosse 
    2015 & 2016 Conference Champs 

  • Women’s Track & Field 
    2016 Conference Champs 

  • Women’s Swimming & Diving 
    2016 Conference Champs

  • Women’s Basketball 
    2015 Conference Champs 

  • Men’s Basketball
    2015 Conference Champs 

Successful Class of 2016

  • Paul Burdette, Esther Kang, Elizabeth Poston, and Jacob Turner were named Fulbright Scholars.
  • Alex Dlieo, Tony Hanna, Katie Hatstat, and Preston Tunnell Wilson were nominated for Rhodes Scholarships.
  • Price Michener, Katie Hatstat, and Preston Tunnell Wilson were named Goldwater Scholars.
  • Lara Johnson was named a Watson Fellow and is studying abroad in Japan, Brazil, India, and Poland.
  • Tony Hanna attends the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studies international education policy.
  • Adil Khan is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch.
  • Sam Reid is CEO at Pareto Technologies, which develops software for higher-ed institutions.
  • Emily Rizer received the Morelle Legg International Internships for Women.
  • Arthur Willis received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship.
  • Nancy-Margaret Wehby is participating in Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies Cultural Program.
  • Javorah Davis was accepted into the Memphis Teachers Residency, a four-year program that allows students to work towards their master’s degree while getting real on-the-job experience.
  • Ali Swee accepted a job as coordinator of fundraising at Targeted Victory, a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

Counselor Visits to Rhodes 
Rhodes hosts an annual counselor visit program each spring for approximately 25 counselors. Please ask your admission counselor for more information. We also welcome your individual visit anytime and would love to treat you to some Memphis BBQ! Memphis is approximately 3 hours from Nashville, 2.5 hours from Little Rock and 4 hours from St. Louis if you are planning to visit other colleges. 

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.  

Summer Writing Institute  
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. 

Mock Trial Academy  
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. 

Campus Visits 
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