Rhodes College

Rhodes College

Rhodes College's origins can be traced back to the Masonic University of Tennessee, which was established in 1848. It became the Southwestern Presbyterian University in 1875 and the Southwestern at Memphis in 1945. Eventually, the institute was named Rhodes College in 1984. The sprawling 100-acre campus is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and it offers enrollment to more than 1,500 students every semester.

Rhodes College offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of subjects. Continuing education and study abroad programs are also available. Students can choose from courses in the disciplines of art, sciences, music, history, international studies, computer science, psychology, theater, religious studies and literature, among others.

The athletics department of Rhodes College sponsors men's and women's teams in basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming, track & field, field hockey, softball and volleyball. Known as the Lynx, the teams are members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA's Division III.

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Contacting Rhodes College

Rhodes College
2000 North Parkway
Memphis , TN 38112-1690
General Phone: (901) 843-3000

Rhodes College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts187Latin American studies, Russian studies, African-American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, economics, ...
Science86biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, chemistry, physics
Business and Management52business management, accounting, international business
Therapy and Counseling44psychology
Religion and Philosophy24philosophy, religion
Art Studies12art studies
Drama and Performing Arts8drama
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Rhodes College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree40729
Master's degree141

Rhodes College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Rhodes College had a total enrollment of 1,697 students (1,698 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 6%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 48%
20-21 45%
22-24 6%
25-29 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina2%
North Carolina2%
New York2%
New Jersey1%

Rhodes College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Rhodes College Room and Board (2007)

Rhodes College offers campus housing for 1,245 of its 1,698 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Memphis, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Rhodes College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580680
SAT Math580670
SAT Writing580680
ACT Verbal2732
ACT Math2530
ACT Composite2630

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT67%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT72%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Rhodes College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 32,446
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 32,446
Room and board $ 7,842
Books and supplies $ 1,020
Other expenses $ 2,372

Financial Aid:
Rhodes College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 351900)

Rhodes College Faculty

Rhodes College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2221
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2123

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$91,4727$82,858
Associate professoracademic year28$66,25118$76,646
Assistant professoracademic year34$54,66835$54,501
Instructoracademic year7$53,3599$45,690
All faculty totalacademic year86$65,60869$62,006

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Rhodes College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Rhodes College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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