College of the Month: Rhodes College

Rhodes College is a small private liberal arts college in Memphis, Tennessee that is known for its beautiful campus and community service programs. The college hosts a little over 2,000 students and over 200 faculty members. Of its 2,000 students, 80% are actively involved in community service and roughly half participate in Greek Life. This diverse student body represents 46 of the 50 states, along with 7 countries.

Rhodes College is more than just these statistics. Rhodes places a strong emphasis on forming a healthy community of well-rounded and involved students. One way in which the school increases the integrity of the student body is their Honor Code System. Much like Christ Church, Rhodes requires all of its students to sign the Code and to pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal. This system builds trust between students and teachers and also helps students develop good moral behavior as they progress into adulthood.

Athletics also play a major role in the life of a Rhodes student. The college participates in the Southern Athletic Association and the NCAA Division III. The red and black lynx mascot is the face of their athletics, but the student body also embodies the true athletic spirit of the school. Every year, students gather to cheer on their fellow athletes in popular sports including football, basketball, and baseball. In fact, the women’s golf team recently won the 2014 national championship.

Rhodes students also appreciate the college’s close proximity to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the top cancer research hospitals in the country. Students often seek research opportunities at the hospital, such as St. Jude’s Summer Plus research program.

Overall, Rhodes College offers a top liberal arts education and an abundance of academic and extracurricular opportunities. It is no wonder that high school seniors across the nation want to apply to this prestigious and engaging community.