Liberal Arts in the City

Memphis is a city of striking combinations and boundless creativity, a place where passion, ideals, cultures, and opportunity converge in authentic ways. It’s these unexpected combinations that empower individuals to make their mark and create their own one-of-a-kind experiences for a better life and better world.

The city is filled with unexpected fusions: global commerce and local start-ups, high culture and outdoor adventure, soul food and haute cuisine, world-class infrastructure and spectacular green- and blue-ways, rich heritage and forward thinking, and, of course, all the many forms of music born and still being recorded here, which create a wholly original Memphis sound.

Eat. Play. Live.
Rhodes students enjoy canvassing the city for food and fun and appreciate the diverse cultural and recreational offerings. Steps away from campus, students have the option of getting their fill at the many, locally owned restaurants in Overton Square, enjoying the best musical talents at the Levitt Shell, and connecting with nature at the Memphis Zoo or along the Greenline - Memphis' six-and-a-half mile bike lane that connects the city's center to Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Students love attending art, music, and food festivals, seeing Broadway plays at the Orpheum Theatre, and cheering on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum in Downtown Memphis.  

Making It Count 

  • 80% of Rhodes students are involved in volunteerism throughout the Memphis community, and the college was ranked #1 on Newsweek's "Most Service-Oriented list of colleges for two years in a row.  
  • 75% of Rhodes students complete internships and fellowships throughout Memphis from schools and non-profit organizations, to world-renowned hospitals and Fortune 500 corporations. 
  • 40% of our graduates, more than 3,500 alumni, have chosen to remain in the city after graduation to launch their careers and commit their talents and passions to help make Memphis an even better place.