Rhodes College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Barret Library at Rhodes College

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Rhodes College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 45%. Located on a 100-acre campus near downtown Memphis, Tennessee, Rhodes College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Students come from 47 states and 54 countries. With a 10-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 14, Rhodes College offers its students considerable personal attention. Students can choose from 50 majors and minors, and the college's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, Rhodes College competes in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Rhodes College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Rhodes College had an acceptance rate of 45%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 45 students were admitted, making Rhodes College's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 5,093
Percent Admitted 45%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Rhodes College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 35% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 630 700
Math 610 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Rhodes College's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Rhodes College scored between 630 and 700, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 700. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 610 and 710, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Rhodes College.

Requirements

Rhodes College does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Rhodes participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Rhodes College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 75% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 29 35
Math 26 29
Composite 28 31

This admissions data tells us that most of Rhodes College's admitted students fall within the top 12% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Rhodes received a composite ACT score between 28 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 28.

Requirements

Rhodes does not require the optional ACT writing section. Note that Rhodes College superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Rhodes College's incoming freshmen class was 3.92, and over 75% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Rhodes College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Rhodes College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Rhodes College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Rhodes College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Rhodes College, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with high average grades and SAT/ACT scores. However, Rhodes has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Rhodes' average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The great majority of students who were admitted had a GPA in the "A" range, an ACT composite score above 24, and a combined SAT score (ERW+M) above 1200.

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