Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

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Health & Medicine Profile

Rhodes offers a carefully curated learning environment that opens wide the doors to distinguished opportunities in the health professions. 

In fact, more than 30% of our student body are taking the steps toward a better and brighter world through transformative careers in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and other health industries. Our Health Profession Advising director and faculty provide nurturing support to help motivated students experience the exceptional outcomes that arise from our undergraduate coursework, world-class research, and meaningful service—outcomes that lead to acceptance to medical school at twice the rate of the national average.

Rhodes is the sixth-leading liberal arts and sciences college in the number of applicants we send to medical school. In fact, more than 30% of our student body are investigating careers in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and other health industries. We benefit from top-tier faculty in research and teaching as well as our close partnerships with health care organizations in Memphis like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, LeBonheur Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and many others. In addition to formal fellowship programs, our students also complete internships with hospitals and organizations in their field of interest.

Our Health Profession Advising director, along with a committee of faculty, helps interested students gain the strong undergraduate coursework, research, and service experiences that get Rhodes graduates accepted to medical school at twice the rate of the national average.

Why come to Rhodes College for health professions preparation?
Over the past 10 years, 362 Rhodes graduates have been accepted to 135 medical schools, including Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Emory University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and University of Chicago.

Rhodes also has long-standing relationships with some of the nation’s top colleges to ensure acceptance for qualified students to health profession programs prior to graduation. Rhodes has admission agreements with George Washington University, UTHSC College of Nursing, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, LECOM School of Dental Medicine, and Meharry Medical College. That means a qualified Rhodes student could be accepted to medical school before their junior year.

Our curriculum emphasizes reading, synthesis, analytical thinking, and communication through writing and speaking and encourages group and individual work—all skills that are important to medical and other top professional schools. Our students not only graduate with the knowledge needed to succeed in professional school but are also able to think critically about the issues related to health care and communicate their work or research with their communities and the world.

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 coursework for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Podiatric Medicine, Optometry, and Chiropractic can be taken at Rhodes. All required coursework for some of the best Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy programs can be taken as well.

Our science courses have small class sizes and well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories. Robertson Hall, the College’s $30 million science facility, opened in 2017, providing updated labs and technology to the campus.

We currently have faculty in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Neuroscience, Environmental Science, 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 featured in leading scientific publications.

Rhodes has a strong, 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 Accomplishments
U.S. News & World Report named Rhodes College one of the nation’s most innovative national liberal arts colleges in its 2020 “Best Colleges” rankings. Rhodes was also recognized as a “Best Value College” and was on the list of national liberal arts colleges with the “Best Undergraduate Teaching Degrees.”
Rhodes College is profiled in The Princeton Review’s popular college guide The Best 384 Colleges 2019, ranking #10 for “Most Accessible Professors” and #16 for “Students Most Engaged in Community Service.”
Rhodes College is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019, which includes profiles of more than 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges in the country. Rhodes also made the guide’s lists of small colleges and universities strong in Business and International Studies.
Rhodes is among the US colleges and universities that produced the most 2017–2018 Fulbright US Student Scholars.
Rhodes College is profiled among the nation’s best colleges for academics, career preparation, and affordability in The Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.
Rhodes College has made the “Best College Values” rankings for 2018 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Rhodes is #38 on its list of 100 “best values” in liberal arts colleges and #70 among the 300 colleges ranked overall.

Rhodes by the Numbers
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
Timeless wooded campus in Memphis, Tennessee’s historic Midtown neighborhood
10:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 14 students
224 accomplished faculty; 95% with the highest degrees possible in their fields
50+ majors and minors
Approximately 2,010 students representing 46 states (plus Washington, DC) and 43 countries; 30% students of color; more than 80% participate in service; 75% complete internships; 65% embrace exploration through 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.
100+ student clubs, organizations, and intramural and club sports for students to build connections and camaraderie; 21 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams
51% of the Class of 2021 ranked in the top 10% of their high school class; mid-range SAT scores: 1250– 1410; mid-range ACT scores: 27–32
$57,862 tuition, room, board, and fees; $21,126 average merit-based award

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