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Rhodes College

Memphis, TN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate54%

Rhodes College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Rhodes College. Rhodes College admitted 54% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 5,253 applications received in 2023, 2,832 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Rhodes College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 7/1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Rhodes College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Rhodes College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Rhodes College's admissions stats.

Rhodes College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 54%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 11%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 31%
Waitlist Yes

Rhodes College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Rhodes College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 November 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 1
Early Action Yes November 15 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 7 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Rhodes College?

Rhodes College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by November 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Rhodes College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Rhodes College is 58%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 54%. In 2022, Rhodes College admitted 152 of the 261 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Rhodes College Admissions

Is Rhodes College Hard To Get Into?

It is very difficult to get into Rhodes College. Rhodes College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Rhodes College accepted 54% of all applicants, about 2,832 of the 5,253 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Rhodes College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Rhodes College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Rhodes College

In 2022, Rhodes College waitlisted 1,187 students and 682 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 9 eventually got in.

What Does Rhodes College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Rhodes College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Rhodes College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Rhodes College for more information on admission factors.

Rhodes College Application Requirements

To apply to Rhodes College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Rhodes College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Standardized Test Scores – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Rhodes College?

Rhodes College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 30.54% submitted a class rank. At Rhodes College 54% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Rhodes College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 62.02%
3.75 and 3.99 21.1%
3.50 and 3.74 10.55%
3.25 and 3.49 3.59%
3.00 and 3.24 1.69%
2.50 and 2.9 0.63%
2.00 and 2.49 0.42%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Rhodes College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Rhodes College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 11% of Rhodes College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 31% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Rhodes College?

To be competitive with other Rhodes College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1315 and 1450 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Rhodes College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1450 and 25% of scored lower than 1315, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Rhodes College students scored 740 or higher and 75% of students scored 655 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Rhodes College students scored 725 or higher, and 75% scored a 655 or higher.

To be most competitive at Rhodes College, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Rhodes College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Rhodes College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

More Information on Transferring to Rhodes College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Rhodes College. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Rhodes College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Rhodes College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Rhodes College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Rhodes College.

Does Rhodes College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Rhodes College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Rhodes College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Rhodes College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Rhodes College?

βœ… Rhodes College is not test optional.

What is Rhodes College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Rhodes College is 54%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Rhodes College?

βœ… Rhodes College's early decision acceptance rate was 58% in 2021.

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Rhodes College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Rhodes College? Rhodes College is a very selective institution. The Rhodes College acceptance rate is 54%. This means that the institution accepts 53 out of every 100 applicants.


Rhodes College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Rhodes College is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Rhodes College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1315 - 1450


Math SAT Range

650 - 740


Reading SAT Range

655 - 725

Rhodes College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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