ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.

Rhodes College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Rhodes College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Rhodes College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Rhodes College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 53%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 40%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 73%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Rhodes College?

Rhodes College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Rhodes College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Rhodes College is 65%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 51%. Last year, Rhodes College admitted 148 of the 228 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Rhodes College

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 2021, Rhodes College accepted 51% of students, around 2,606 of the 5,074 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.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Rhodes College waitlisted 757 students. Of those, 363 eventually got off the waitlist.

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 prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Rhodes College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Rhodes College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Rhodes College?

Students admitted to Rhodes College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 35% submitted a class rank. At Rhodes College 53% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 86% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Rhodes College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 35%
3.75 and 3.99 17.06%
3.50 and 3.74 11.45%
3.25 and 3.49 6.54%
3.00 and 3.24 1.64%
2.50 and 2.9 1.86%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Rhodes College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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 2021, 40% of Rhodes College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 73% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Rhodes College?

To be competitive with other Rhodes College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1250 and 1400 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Rhodes College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1400 and 25% of scored lower than 1250, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Rhodes College students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Rhodes College students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

Want to increase your SAT Score?

Preparing for the SAT can help raise your score, but it doesn't have to take up a lot of time.

Learn how to increase your SAT score 200 points or more in just 10 minutes a day.

What's a Good ACT Score for Rhodes College?

To be most competitive at Rhodes College, you should strive to earn between 27 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 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Rhodes College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Rhodes College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Rhodes College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Rhodes College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Rhodes College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Rhodes College?

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

Does Rhodes College accept transfer credits?

Rhodes College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

Rhodes College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Rhodes College?

Rhodes College is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Rhodes College's acceptance rate?

Rhodes College's acceptance rate is 51%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Rhodes College?

Rhodes College's early decision acceptance rate was 65% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Rhodes College?

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Rhodes College

Explore other colleges in Tennessee or use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

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 51%. This means that the institution accepts 51 out of every 100 applicants.



Wondering what your chances are of getting into Rhodes College?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

Rhodes College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Rhodes College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Rhodes College is May 1.

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

Rhodes College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

Rhodes College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1250 - 1400


Math SAT Range

600 - 680


Reading SAT Range

620 - 720

Boost your SAT score in just 10 minutes a day!

  • • 10-minute gamified, bite-sized lessons
  • • Personalized plan to keep you on track
  • • Bundles now include premium AI Admissions Calculator access
Sponsored by CollegeGo
Try it Now

Rhodes College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Rhodes College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.9. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About Rhodes College?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation