Rhodes is an international four-year, private residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, and honor among ourselves. We are located on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee—an economic, political, and cultural center. Rhodes is one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges located in a major metropolitan area.  


Rhodes Accomplishments

For 2017, The Princeton Review named Rhodes the #1 “Most Beautiful Campus in the US.” In addition, Rhodes was named #2 for “Students Engaged in Community Service,” #9 for “Most Accessible Professors,” #10 for “Best Quality of Life,” a “College That Creates Futures,” and a “College That Pays You Back.” 

For 2016, Forbes included Rhodes in its list of the “Top 100 Undergraduate Institutions” in the nation and named Rhodes one of the “Top 25 Colleges in the South.”

Rhodes is one of only 40 institutions profiled in the prestigious book Colleges That Change Lives. In addition, the College is regularly named a “best value” college by the Fiske Guide to Colleges and Forbes. 

For two years in a row, Newsweek named Rhodes the #1 “Most Service-Oriented College in the United States.”

Since 2002, Rhodes students have won 25 Fulbright Scholarships, 14 Goldwater Scholarships, 11 Watson Fellowships, six NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, five Truman Scholarships, two Luce Scholarships, five National Science Foundation Fellowships, and one Rhodes Scholarship.

Many students come to Rhodeswith the intention of preparing for a career in the health professions. In fact, more than 30% of our student body are 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 rate of 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 group and individual work—all skills that are important to medical andother 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 betaken at Rhodes. All required coursework 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. 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 morenational 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 andauthored articles featured 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 Health 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.