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Health & Medicine Profile

Rhodes is a national residential college committed to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, and honor among ourselves. We live this life on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, an economic, political, health care, and cultural center, making Rhodes one of a handful of national liberal arts and sciences colleges in a major metropolitan area.

Many students come to Rhodes with the intention of preparing for a career in the health professions. In fact, more than 30% of our student body is investigating careers in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and other health industries. Our Health Profession Advising director, along with a committee of faculty, helps interested students gain the strong undergraduate course work, research, and service experiences that get Rhodes graduates accepted to medical school at twice the national average.

Why come to Rhodes College for health professions preparation?
Rhodes is a nationally recognized liberal arts college with a strong commitment to academics, diversity, service, and community partnerships. Our curriculum emphasizes reading, synthesis, analytical thinking, and communication through writing and speaking, and encourages both group and individual work—all skills that are important to medical and other top professional schools.

Rhodes doesn’t have specific pre-health majors or pre-health tracks. Instead any major can lead to preparation for medical school and most other health profession programs.

All prerequisite course work for medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, podiatric medicine, optometry, and chiropractic can be taken at Rhodes. All required course work for some of the best nursing, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs can be taken at Rhodes.

Our science courses have small class sizes and well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories. The College is currently constructing a new $30 million science facility named Robertson Hall.
We currently have faculty in biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, environmental sciences, and biochemistry who integrate their own research with teaching and students.

Our science faculty have more national grants—and more of our students have their research funded—than ever before. On- and off-campus student research is strongly encouraged.

Our students compete well for nationally advertised summer research programs, and have presented research at national meetings and authored articles in leading scientific publications.

Since we are located in Memphis, Rhodes has strong ties and partnerships with world-renowned scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Regional One Health, the University of Tennessee Heath Sciences, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium. These community partners offer a range of internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities that are unavailable at most liberal arts colleges.

Rhodes graduates are compassionate community members, top scholars, and nationally competitive, and they attend the most prestigious private and state medical schools throughout the country, including Baylor, Brown, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Washington University, and Yale.

Rhodes has a strong and loyal alumni network of health care providers throughout the country. Alumni are available to communicate on a wide number of topics, and many provide an opportunity for career shadowing. Some of our best internship opportunities have been through our alumni.




Rhodes by the Numbers
Rhodes is a national four-year, private, coeducational, residential liberal arts and sciences college, one of only 40 colleges and universities in North America profiled in the highly respected guide Colleges That Change Lives.
Founded in 1848
110-acre wooded campus in Memphis, Tennessee’s historic Midtown neighborhood
10:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 14
214 faculty, 96% with the highest degree possible in their field
50+ majors and minors
Approximately 2,030 students representing 45 states (plus D.C.) and 35 countries; 24% students of color; more than 80% participate in service; 75% complete internships; 65% study abroad or at off-campus sites in the United States; nearly 100% of first-year students live on campus; 52% belong to social fraternities or sororities.
Rhodes offers 100+ student clubs, organizations, and intramural and club sports. There are 21 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams.
54% of the Class of 2019 ranked in top 10% of their high school class; mid-range SAT scores: 1200–1370; mid-range ACT scores: 27–32
$53,970 tuition, room, board, and fees; $17,784 average merit-based award

Rhodes Accomplishments
•In 2015 The Princeton Review included Rhodes in its newest publication, Colleges That Create Futures.
•In 2015 The Princeton Review named Rhodes the Third-Most Beautiful Campus in the United States.
•98% of 2014 graduates are employed, attend graduate/professional school, or volunteer full time. Of those members of the Classes of 2013 and 2014 applying to graduate/professional schools, more than two-thirds reported that they were accepted by their first-choice school. The overall acceptance rates for different programs (M.B.A., M.D., J.D., and others) far exceed the national average.
•Rhodes is in the top 10% of all U.S. baccalaureate colleges for the percentage of our students who earn Ph.D.s in the sciences. We are among the top five in the Southeast.
•Rhodes is ranked 15th in the nation for the number of physics majors who have gone on to receive a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy.
• Rhodes is in the top 6% in the nation as the undergraduate source of psychology Ph.D.s.
• For two years in a row, Newsweek has named Rhodes the #1 Most Service-Oriented College in the United States.