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Rhodes College: Narrative Description


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Memphis, TN 38112-1690
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Independent Presbyterian, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees (master's degree in accounting only). Founded 1848. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $211.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $586,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,383 per student. Total enrollment: 1,633. Faculty: 175 (136 full-time, 39 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 3,429 applied, 54% were admitted. 51% from top 10% of their high school class, 82% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 11 class presidents, 21 valedictorians, 25 student government officers. Full-time: 1,587 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 28 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 11 other countries, 72% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0.1% 25 or older, 76% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Memphis College of Art, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of the South, American University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/1 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $32,860 includes full-time tuition ($25,646), mandatory fees ($310), and college room and board ($6904). College room only: $3452. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $1070 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 44 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 47% of eligible men and 58% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Kinney Volunteer Program, Habitat for Humanity, Adopt A Friend, Foster. Major annual events: homecoming, Rites of Spring, Winter Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, 24-hour monitored security cameras in parking areas, fenced campus with monitored access at night. College housing designed to accommodate 1,212 students; 1,215 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Burrow Library plus 3 others with 274,886 books, 90,720 microform titles, 1,183 serials, 10,755 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 220 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Memphis.

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