General Information

The Rhodes Vision

Rhodes College aspires to graduate students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We will achieve our aspiration through four strategic imperatives:

  1. Student Access 
    To attract and retain a talented, diverse student body and engage these students in a challenging, inclusive and culturally-broadening college experience.
  2. Student Learning
    To ensure our faculty and staff have the talent, the time and the resources to inspire and involve our students in meaningful study, research and service.
  3. Student Engagement
    To enhance student opportunities for learning in Memphis.
  4. Student Inspiration
    To provide a residential place of learning that inspires integrity and high achievement through its beauty, its emphasis on values, its Presbyterian history, and its heritage as a leader in the liberal arts and sciences.

Rhodes College’s Commitment to Diversity

A diverse learning community is a necessary element of a liberal arts education, for self-understanding is dependent upon the understanding of others. We, the members of Rhodes College, are committed to fostering a community in which diversity is valued and welcomed. To that end, Rhodes College does not discriminate – and will not tolerate harassment – on the basis of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, and national or ethnic origin.

We are committed to providing an open learning environment. Freedom of thought, a civil exchange of ideas, and an appreciation of diverse perspectives are fundamental characteristics of a community that is committed to critical inquiry. To promote such an academic and social environment we expect integrity and honesty in our relationships with each other and openness to learning about and experiencing cultural diversity. We believe that these qualities are crucial to fostering social and intellectual maturity and personal growth.

Intellectual maturity also requires individual struggle with unfamiliar ideas. We recognize that our views and convictions will be challenged, and we expect this challenge to take place in a climate of open-mindedness and mutual respect.

Revised February 13, 2015

Accreditation and General Policies

Rhodes College is an accredited four-year college of liberal arts and sciences. With an endowment of $318 million and a physical plant valued at $466 million, the College has one of the largest investments per student ($386,000) in the nation.

Rhodes College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) and all potential substantive changes--whether proposed by students, faculty, staff, or Board of Trustees-- must be discussed with and reviewed by the SACS COC Accreditation Liaison, who is appointed by the Rhodes College President. It is the responsibility of the SACS COC Accreditation Liaison to ensure that potential substantive changes are reported to, and approved by the SACS COC, prior to implementation.

The purpose of this Policy and Procedures document is to comply with the Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges, Policy Statement, Institutional Obligations, Item #2, that “Member institutions are required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion” (p. 1).

What Is a Substantive Change?

Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change includes:

  • Any change in the established mission or objectives of the institution
  • Any change in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution
  • The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated
  • The addition of courses or programs of study at a degree or credential level different from that which is included in the institution’s current accreditation or reaffirmation.
  • A change from clock hours to credit hours
  • A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
  • The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program.
  • The establishment of a branch campus
  • Closing a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
  • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement that includes only the initiation of a dual degree program or a joint degree program with another institution
  • Acquiring another institution or a program or location of another institution
  • Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out program for a closed institution
  • Entering into a contract by which an entity not eligible for Title IV funding offers 25% or more of one or more of the accredited institution’s programs

What Are the Procedures for Reporting Substantive Change?

SACS COC has identified three procedures for addressing the different types of substantive changes. These include:

Procedure One – for the review of substantive changes requiring notification and approval prior to implementation,

Procedure Two – for the review of substantive changes requiring only notification prior to implementation, and

Procedure Three – for closing a program, site, branch campus or institution.

The different types of substantive change, the specific procedure to be used for each, their respective approval notification requirements, and their reporting time lines are included in the document “Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges - Policy Statement” located on pages 6-9 at: www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/Substantive%20change%20policy.pdf.

Procedures for the institutional changes such as mergers, acquiring or adding programs, or changes in governance or legal status can be found in a separate document, “Mergers, Consolidations, Change of Ownership, Acquisitions, and Change of Governance, Control, Form, or Legal Status.” at:

www.sacscoc.org/subchg/policy/Mergers.pdf.

The initiation or revision of programs not offered for academic credit and that are not eligible for federal financial aid does not require reporting: however, such programs are subject to review at the time of reaffirmation.

Identifying and reporting substantive change

The President is responsible for:

  • Submitting substantive change notification letters and associated documentation to the President of the SACS COC and providing a copy of the letters and documentation to the Accreditation Liaison

or

  • Designating the Accreditation Liaison as his representative to submit substantive change notification letters and associated documentation to the President of the SACS COC

The President and Vice Presidents are responsible for:

  • Informing relevant personnel under their supervision about the existence of the SACS COC Policy on Substantive Change and the need to check with the Accreditation Liaison regarding any and all significant changes in policy to determine if they meet the criteria for a substantive change as defined in the policy
  • Consulting with the College’s SACS COC Accreditation Liaison regarding questions about substantive changes within their divisions
  • Providing sufficient time to notify the SACS COC prior to the implementation of any changes
  • Assisting with the writing of appropriate documentation and notification of substantive changes as needed by the SACS COC

The SACS COC Accreditation Liaison is appointed by the President and is responsible for:

  • Staying up to date with the SACS COC Substantive Change Policy Statement
  • Serving as the contact person and communication liaison between SACS COC staff and the College regarding substantive change matters
  • Meeting with the President and Vice Presidents yearly to review the policy and planned initiatives
  • Working with the appropriate Vice President to develop a plan of action and timeline for any substantive change actions requiring approval from the SACS COC
  • Preparing substantive change prospectus in collaboration with the appropriate administrators and faculty
  • Submitting substantive change notification letters and associated documentation to the President of the SACS COC as requested by the President
  • Maintaining a database of substantive changes, initiatives, action plans and their status

Attendance at Rhodes, a privately endowed college, is a privilege which may be forfeited at any time by any student who refuses or fails to conform to the regulations and standards of the College, or who is unwilling to adjust to the College’s traditions and environment. Among these traditions are the Honor System and the Social Regulations Council that are administered by students and are described elsewhere in the catalogue. Certain offenses and violations of College rules are considered serious enough to merit suspension or expulsion. Additionally, the College reserves the right to suspend or expel any student, if, in the sole discretion of the administration, such suspension or expulsion is necessary to protect the best interests or welfare of the College, including the health and well-being of other students, faculty, or staff.
Rhodes welcomes applications for admission from all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in its admissions policies, loan programs, or other college educational programs, policies and activities. In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Rhodes will make every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of its students with disabilities.

The information, policies, and procedures listed in this catalogue are current and up-to-date as of March 1, 2013. Policies stated in this catalogue are expected to be in effect through the academic year 2013-2014 but are subject to revision. Normally, policy revisions are implemented in the next academic year, following notice thereof and are effective for all students who graduate in or after that academic year. However, occasionally a policy must be changed and implemented in the same academic year. In such cases, written notification of the revision will be mailed to all students currently enrolled.
The faculty of Rhodes College has the authority and the responsibility for establishing and maintaining those policies and procedures governing the academic standing of students at the College. Any deviation from the policies and procedures stated in this catalogue relating to academic standing requires the prior formal approval of the faculty. A compendium of all current policies and procedures in regard to the College is maintained in the office of the President.

Admission

Application Procedure

A student who wishes to apply for admission to Rhodes may do so any time after the end of his/her junior year in high school. Students may apply using the Common Application (www.commonapp.org). No application fee is required for first-year or transfer students.

Admission to Rhodes is competitive.

In addition to the application for admission, first-year students must submit an official high school transcript, standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), a secondary school report, a teacher evaluation, and a midyear report. In addition to submitting the same application supporting documents as all other first-year students, home-schooled students must submit the results of two SAT Subject Tests from areas other than English or mathematics. The deadlines for submitting the application for admission and all supporting documents are referenced in the following Early Decision Plans, Early Action Plan, and Regular Decision Plan sections. Please note that all accepted students are automatically considered for competitive scholarships and fellowships. Transcripts and other documents required for admission become part of the permanent file of an enrolled student and cannot be returned or legally copied for the student or parent.

The College is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and endorses the principles contained in the Association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

Admission Selection Process

Academic Record. A student’s academic record is of primary importance in the admission selection process. Applicants must complete in high school sixteen or more academic units, including at least four years of English, two years of the same foreign language (classical or modern), two years of laboratory science and two years of history or social science. Furthermore, applicants are expected to have completed the mathematics course sequence Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II or their equivalent. A fourth year of high school mathematics, including trigonometry and advanced algebra is especially important for students who plan to study mathematics, natural science, computer science, economics or business administration. Students with slightly different high school curricula may be considered only if their records in other respects clearly indicate readiness for Rhodes’ program of study. Applicants are expected to be in the process of receiving a high school diploma or G.E.D.

Special note is taken in the decision making process of honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Option International Baccalaureate, accelerated or enriched courses. Students who have taken college-level courses and wish to receive credit at Rhodes for those courses should refer to “Transfer Credit” in the Requirements for a Degree section of this catalogue.

Standardized Test Scores. All applicants for admission to the entering class are required to take either the SAT or the ACT. It is advisable for the student to take the test in the junior year as a means of adjusting to this type of examination or for Early Decision, Early Action or Early Admission purposes. Any student applying for Regular Decision should take the test no later than December of the senior year so that their scores will be available to the admission staff by January 15. If the secondary school record does not include the student’s scores from the SAT or ACT, the student must have the scores sent to the Office of Admission from the testing agency.

Test application forms may be obtained from high schools or by registering for them online at www.collegeboard.org (SAT) or www.act.org (ACT). Supporting Documents. Additional supporting documents will be considered when deciding on a student’s admissibility to the College. These documents include a listing of extracurricular involvements, leadership positions or summer experiences, short-answer questions, an application essay, a secondary school report, and a teacher’s evaluation.

Student Interest. A visit to the Rhodes campus (in addition to other demonstrations of interest) can be a deciding factor in making an admission decision. Interest may also be demonstrated by meeting with an admission officer locally or personally corresponding with the admission office. A student’s ability to pay may be a deciding factor when considering applicants who rank within the lowest range of admissible students.

The Dean of Admission has the discretion to deny any student admission to Rhodes College.

Students who wish to appeal their admission decision may do so by writing to the Dean of Admission requesting reconsideration.

Campus Visit and Personal Meeting

A campus visit is the best way to experience life at Rhodes. Students are encouraged to visit between Monday and Friday so that, in addition to a personal meeting with an admission representative or information session and a campus tour, they may attend a class and meet faculty (during the academic year). High school seniors and transfer students may also arrange, through the Office of Admission, to spend one night in a residence hall.

While on campus, students may participate in an information session or have a personal meeting with an admission representative. The Office of Admission is open year round from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays.

Students may arrange a campus visit online at www.rhodes.edu/visit. Questions concerning a campus visit may be addressed to our Campus Visit Coordinator at 1-800-844-5969 or, locally, 901-843-3700.

Early Decision Plans

Students who are certain they want to attend Rhodes may wish to take advantage of either Early Decision I (ED I) or Early Decision II (ED II). Under these plans, the student must submit an application for admission, high school transcript (including grades for the first marking period of the senior year), letters of recommendation, standardized test scores and the Early Decision Agreement form by November 1 for Early Decision I or January 1 for Early Decision II. The student may apply to other colleges, but not under any other Early Decision Plan. If accepted and provided an adequate financial assistance, the applicant agrees to withdraw all applications submitted to other institutions, file no additional applications, and enroll at Rhodes.

Early Decision candidates who wish to be considered for need-based financial aid must complete and submit the College Scholarship Service’s PROFILE to the Financial Aid Office by November 1 for Early Decision I and January 1 for Early Decision II in order to determine eligibility for non-federal financial assistance and estimated eligibility for federal financial assistance. The financial aid package offered under Early Decision must be verified by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. This will determine actual eligibility for federal financial assistance.

Under the Early Decision Plans, the College agrees to render a decision on admission by December 1 for Early Decision I and February 1 for Early Decision II. Accepted students who are applying for need-based financial aid and have submitted the PROFILE will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office concerning their request by December 10 for Early Decision I and February 10 for Early Decision II.

Early Decision is a binding agreement, designed for students for whom Rhodes is their top college choice. If accepted under the Early Decision Plan (and provided with financial assistance considered adequate by the student), the applicant is expected to submit the required deposit (as explained under Enrollment Deposit) by December 15 for Early Decision I and February 15 for Early Decision II. Offers of admission and financial aid to accepted students who do not enroll at the college will be rescinded.

If a decision on the student’s application cannot be reached, the student will be notified that the application will be deferred and guaranteed unbiased consideration under Regular Decision.

Early Action Plan

Students who wish to know of their admission decision earlier in the year but are not prepared to make an enrollment decision prior to May 1 may wish to apply under our Early Action Plan. Early Action is an excellent option for students who are comfortable presenting their application earlier in the process.

Under this plan, the student must submit an application for admission, high school transcript, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores by November 15.

Early Action candidates who wish to be considered for need-based financial aid must complete and submit the College Scholarship Service’s PROFILE to the Financial Aid Office by December 1 in order to determine eligibility for non-federal financial assistance and estimated eligibility for federal financial assistance. The financial aid package offered under Early Action must be verified by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. This will determine actual eligibility for federal financial assistance.

Under the Early Action Plan, the admission staff will render an admission decision by January 15. Students will be notified of any scholarships or need-based aid they are eligible to receive by February 15. Admitted students have until May 1 to submit their enrollment deposit.

For various reasons, the Admission Committee may choose to defer a student’s application to Regular Decision. The student will be notified that the application will be deferred and reconsidered under Regular Decision.

Regular Decision Plan

Under this plan, students must submit an application for admission, high school transcript, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores by January 15.

Regular Decision candidates who wish to be considered for non-federal need-based financial aid must complete and submit the College Scholarship Service’s PROFILE by February 1. Regular Decision candidates who wish to be considered for federal financial assistance must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

Under the Regular Decision Plan, the admission staff will render an admission decision by April 1. Students will be notified of any scholarships or need-based aid they are eligible to receive by April 15. Admitted students have until May 1 to submit their enrollment deposit.

Early Admission Plan

High school students who wish to enroll at Rhodes as degree-seeking students prior to completion of their secondary schooling may apply under the Early Admission Plan. This option is provided for those students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation in secondary school and are ready to experience the challenges of a college education earlier than normal.

To be eligible for consideration, a student must submit an application for admission, a high school transcript including grades for five semesters of course work, a secondary school report, a teacher’s evaluation, SAT or ACT test scores, and have a personal meeting with an admission representative. Successful candidates will have satisfied Rhodes’ normal admission requirements, including the academic units requirements outlined under “Admission Selection Process” above. Normally it will be necessary for an Early Admission student to enroll at a local college or university in the summer prior to their enrollment at Rhodes in order to fulfill the College’s English unit’s requirement.

Early Admission students must normally have the support of their secondary school counselor and of their parents in order to be considered for admission under the plan.

Deferred Enrollment

Students who have been accepted for admission and wish to delay their enrollment at Rhodes for a semester or a year may request Deferred Enrollment by writing the Dean of Admission. The letter requesting Deferred Enrollment must indicate the length of time requested for deferral, the reason for requesting the deferral, and the proposed actions of the student during the time of the deferral. The Dean of Admission will respond to the deferral request in writing. If deferred enrollment is granted, the student must submit a nonrefundable $1,000.00 enrollment deposit to the Office of Admission. Students who have been accepted from the wait list are normally not offered deferred enrollment.

Accepted students requesting deferral who have been awarded one of the College’s competitive scholarships or fellowships may retain the award as long as its value is one-half Rhodes tuition or less. Scholarships or fellowships granted to accepted, deferred students that are valued at over one-half Rhodes tuition will not be retained by the students. In these cases, the students will be reconsidered for competitive scholarships/fellowships during the semester prior to their enrollment at the College.

Deferred students may not enroll in additional high school course work or in more than two college courses for credit in any one semester/term during their time of deferral. Doing so nullifies their admission and scholarship offers (if any) and requires new admission and scholarship decisions to be rendered. Students wishing to enroll in college courses are advised to consult with the Office of Admission to ensure credit will transfer to Rhodes.

Admission of Transfer Students

Rhodes welcomes applications from students who wish to transfer from other accredited colleges or universities. Students who have enrolled in more than two courses in any one semester or term at another college or university are considered transfer students. Students who have not graduated from high school, but have taken college course work, are not considered transfer students.

An applicant for admission as a transfer student should write or call the Office of Admission for an application or may go to www.commonapp.org to access the Common App online for transfer students. Applicants may also print the Common Application transfer packet available at www.commonapp.org. The student should have official transcripts from his or her secondary school and all postsecondary institutions attended sent directly to the Office of Admission. If the secondary school transcript does not include the student’s scores on the SAT or ACT, the student must have these sent to the Office of Admission from the testing agency. Transfer students must submit a college instructor evaluation, a college official’s report and a personal letter explaining the reason(s) for wanting to transfer to Rhodes. Transfer applicants applying for January entrance must also submit a Mid-Semester Grade Report (available on www.rhodes.edu) containing grade estimates from their professors. Admission and scholarship decisions are made in the context of both the secondary and post-secondary academic record. Prior college work is evaluated in light of Rhodes’ established degree requirements. Transfer students whose prior work is not compatible with a Rhodes degree program may find it necessary to extend their college career in order to complete all requirements for a degree.

Rhodes’ admission policy is to only consider applications for transfer from students who are in good standing at the last institution attended. Students under academic or disciplinary suspension are not encouraged to apply to Rhodes until eligible for readmission to the suspending institution.

Transfer from an unaccredited college requires a more thorough analysis of academic credentials. If accepted, the student will be placed on probationary status for one academic year and will be expected to maintain a record satisfactory to the Faculty Standards and Standing Committee. Transfer students coming from colleges not accredited by a regional accrediting agency may find the acceptance of transfer credit to be very limited.

For more information regarding the transfer of credit, see “Transfer Credit” in the Requirements for a Degree section of this catalogue.

Admission of International Students

Rhodes encourages international students living both abroad and in the United States to apply for admission. International students are those individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents (resident alien status) of the United States.

In addition to those documents required of all first-year or transfer students, international applicants must have the official results of the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) forwarded to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency. The TOEFL/IELTS exams are not required for native English-speaking students. All transcripts must include a certified English translation. International students who have studied at other colleges or universities must have official transcripts from those institutions sent to Rhodes.

All international applicants must submit the College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances which is required for issuance of a student visa from the United States government. International applicants may be eligible and competitive for merit-based scholarships ranging from US $6,000 to full tuition.

Rhodes meets the demonstrated financial need of international students. Need-based financial aid for international students (non-U.S. citizens) is determined from the international student CSS PROFILE or the College Board's International Student Financial Aid Application. Aid is awarded in the form of grants or "gift" aid, which varies in dollar amounts accoridng to each student's demonstrated financial need. International students may also be considered for on-campus student employment.

Admission of Special Students (Non-degree Candidates)

Applicants who give evidence of sufficient academic ability may be admitted as special students to a course of study not leading directly to a degree, but allowing them to pursue that work for which they are best prepared and/or which they particularly need. Special students may enroll in no more than two classes, or for no more than eight credits per semester. Special students who wish to audit classes are limited to taking one course per semester.

Special students are not eligible to live in the residence halls or participate in intercollegiate athletics, fraternity or sorority membership, or other extracurricular activities. In addition, special students are not eligible for any Rhodes or federal financial aid funds. Directed Inquiries are not ordinarily available to special students. Should a special student subsequently become a degree candidate, credits earned while a special student are applicable towards the degree sought.

The deadline for submission of a special student application, along with a $45.00 nonrefundable application fee and most recent transcript from high school or college, is two weeks prior to the beginning of a new semester/term.

Special student admission material is submitted only once. Students who have attended Rhodes as a special student and wish to continue their studies as a special student should report directly to the Registrar’s Office and register for classes during the first three days of a new semester/term.

Special students who have enrolled in two or more courses at another institution must reapply for special student status through the Office of Admission. A student seeking readmission as a special student will normally be held to the same academic standards as full-time, degree-seeking students at Rhodes.

Special students are held to the same standards of academic progress regarding academic probation and suspension as degree students.

Readmission of Students

Students who have voluntarily withdrawn from the College and have taken two courses or less in any one term at another institution, and students who have been academically suspended from Rhodes and wish to return, must apply for readmission through the Faculty Standards and Standing Committee.

Returning students, including students who have already graduated from Rhodes, must complete an Application for Readmission (obtained from the Registrar’s Office) which requests current information about the student, including an account of activities and educational experiences during the absence from Rhodes. In many cases interviews with the Dean of the Faculty and the Dean of Students will be necessary to complete the readmission process. Students seeking to be readmitted must initiate their requests at least two months prior to the beginning of a new semester.

Students who have voluntarily withdrawn from Rhodes and have taken more than two courses in any one term or semester at another institution are considered transfer students. These students must apply for readmission to Rhodes through the Office of Admission submitting the required applications and supporting documents.

Rhodes High School Scholars Program

Rhodes allows high school students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation to begin their college work while completing their secondary school course of study. Such a student may enroll in up to two courses per semester at Rhodes.

To be eligible for the Rhodes High School Scholars Program, a student must complete an admission application; have scored at least 1140 on the SAT Critical Reading and Math tests or 25 on the ACT; rank in the upper one-fifth of his or her class; have a positive high school recommendation; and have a personal interview with an admission representative.

Course fees per credit hour are the same as Special Student tuition (see “Special Fees and Deposits” in the Expenses section). Financial aid is normally not available for students participating in the program. Participation in the High School Scholars Program will require coordination of the student’s college and high school course schedules. Rhodes’ Office of Admission will gladly assist the students, teachers, and counselors with these arrangements.

Advanced Placement

Rhodes will normally grant advanced placement and course credit to entering students who score either 4 or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement examination. Students who score 3 on an Advanced Placement examination may enroll in advanced course work if the relevant department recommends it. A maximum of thirty-two (32) credits may be earned through Advanced Placement examinations. A maximum combined total of thirty-two (32) credits may be earned through Advanced Placement, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate examinations.

Advanced Placement, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate credit may not be used to satisfy Rhodes’ Foundation requirements except for scores in English and, in certain subjects, scores of 5 on AP exams, D3 or higher on Cambridge Pre-U exams, 6 or 7 on IB higher-level exams, and 16 or higher on Option International Baccalaureate exams. All students must take the Rhodes placement test in the appropriate language to determine proficiency and placement, including students who took an AP language exam in that language. For more information about Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit, go to rhodes.edu/registrar/1330.asp.

Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Rhodes recognizes the Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate academic programs and welcomes for review the submission of Cambridge Pre-U, IB, and OIB examination scores. Course credit is normally granted for each Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject examination passed with a score of M3 or higher, each IB Higher Level examination area passed with a score of 5, 6 or 7, and OIB examination area passed with a score of 13 or higher. An IB score of 4 may qualify a student for advanced course work, subject to review by the appropriate academic department. A maximum combined total of thirty-two (32) credits may be earned through Advanced Placement, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, and Option International Baccalaureate examinations.

A student, who has successfully completed advanced secondary school education, including the British Advanced Level Examinations, the French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, or the equivalent, may receive some advanced standing or transfer credit at Rhodes for that work. Such credit is not granted, however, until the student has been admitted and has enrolled at Rhodes, at which time his or her credentials will be reviewed by the Registrar and the academic departments in which the credit(s) will be applied.

Enrollment Deposit

In order to reserve a place in the class, all accepted students must submit a non-refundable $400.00 enrollment deposit to the College. Mailed deposits must be postmarked no later than our deadline of May 1 (December 15 for Early Decision I; February 15 for Early Decision II; June 15 for transfer students). The deposit is not an extra charge but is credited to the student’s account and deducted from other expenses. The balance of the first tuition, fees, room and board payment is due in early August. The College cannot guarantee that a residence hall room will be available unless this balance is paid at that time.

Orientation and Registration

All new students are expected to attend the Open Rhodes Orientation program during the summer prior to enrollment and to be present for Welcome Week, which immediately precedes the opening of the College. Orientation is designed to acquaint new students with the traditions, ideals, academic expectations and regulations of Rhodes and to give them an opportunity to plan their courses of study in consultation with members of the faculty. During orientation and Welcome Week, the new students will also meet with the representatives of various student organizations, take placement tests, receive instruction in the use of the library, participate in social events and attend discussions with administrative officers of the College. Additional information about the Open Rhodes summer orientation program is available online at rhodes.edu/parents/24518.asp.

A complete medical examination and record of immunization are required of all full-time new students. This medical examination should take place prior to enrollment. The results of the examination along with immunization records, recorded on a form provided by the College, must be on file in the College Student Health Center before registration. Failure to provide the form may result in not being permitted to register and not being provided medical services until the form has been received. In the case of insufficient or missing medical data, the student may be granted provisional registration. Proof of health insurance is required of all students. A copy of your insurance card will be requested with the completed Health Form. Failure to provide proof of insurance may result in not being permitted to register and will result in not being provided medical services.

Additional Information

Office of Admission business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (Central Time). Additional information is available upon request. Contact:

Office of Admission
Rhodes College
2000 North Parkway
Memphis, Tennessee 38112-1690
Telephone: 901-843-3700 or toll-free 1-800-844-5969
Fax: 901-843-3631
E-mail: adminfo@rhodes.edu
Online: rhodes.edu/admission

Expenses

The cost of an education at Rhodes is of concern to students, their families, and to the College. Rhodes has been able to hold charges for tuition, room, and board to about 75% of the total cost of a student’s education. The College’s success in annual fundraising and the substantial income derived from the endowment have enabled Rhodes to hold costs below those at many comparable colleges. The tuition charge includes some services in the College Health Services Center, admission to athletic events, and a wide range of activities sponsored by academic departments or the College at large. The student activity fee supports student publications and student organizations, as well as many College-sponsored social activities which are held throughout the year. A summary of costs for the 2017-2018 academic year is listed below; students should bear in mind that charges for textbooks and supplies are not included.

 

Semester

Year

Tuition

$23,097.00

$46,194.00

Activity Fee

155.00

310.00

 

Room Type

Meals Per Week

Semester

Year

Standard Multiple

15

5,438.00

10,876.00

Single Standard

15

5,989.00

11,978.00

Standard Multiple

21

5,645.00

11,290.00

Standard Single

21

6,196.00

12,392.00

East Village Multiple

7

5,075.00

10,150.00

East Village Single

7

5,338.00

10,676.00

East Village Multiple

15

6,158.00

12,316.00

East Village Single

15

6,421.00

12,842.00

East Village Multiple

21

6,365.00

12,730.00

East Village Single

21

6,628.00

13,256.00

West Village Multiple

15

5,884.00

11,768.00

West Village Single

15

6,193.00

12,386.00

West Village Multiple

21

6,091.00

12,182.00

West Village Single

21

6,400.00

12,800.00

Parkway Hall Multiple

7

5,075.00

10,150.00

Parkway Hall Single

7

5,338.00

10,676.00

Parkway Hall Multiple

15

6,158.00

12,316.00

Parkway Hall Single

15

6,421.00

12,842.00

Parkway Hall Multiple

21

6,365.00

12,730.00

Parkway Hall Single

21

6,628.00

13,256.00

 

 

The regular college plan provides for payment of tuition, room and board in two installments. The payment for the Fall Semester is due August 9th, and the payment for the Spring Semester is due November 22nd. Students are billed less deposits already made.

If monthly payments are preferred by parents and/or guardians, Rhodes allows such payments through one agency: Tuition Management Systems (1-800-356-8329, www.afford.com/rhodes). Information on the various plans offered by TMS will be mailed to all parents well before the first payment is due. If a monthly plan is chosen, arrangements should be made prior to the date the first payment is due. The College has also made arrangements with A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. to offer a tuition refund plan to Rhodes parents that will provide a refund in case of illness or accident causing the student to withdraw before the semester is completed. Information concerning the tuition refund plan that details the protection provided and cost of the coverage will be provided to parents before the first payment is due.

Regulations Regarding Billing and Payment

A bill for the tuition charge along with applicable room and board and other charges will be sent electronically before each due date to the student and those whom the student has set up as authorized payers in the QuikPay billing and payment system. Unless prior arrangements acceptable to the Bursar of the College are made, a student’s account not paid in full at the due date will be regarded as delinquent. A student whose account is delinquent will be denied the privileges of registration, attending classes, obtaining academic transcripts, using College facilities, or being admitted to graduation.

Students may enroll in courses totaling nineteen credits in each semester. The student desiring to take more than a normal academic load during a semester should consult the section of the catalogue on “Registration” appearing under “Academic Regulations.” A student who enrolls in more than nineteen credits in a semester must pay the extra credit fee even if the student eventually withdraws from the overload credit.

First-year students and sophomores are required to live on campus the full academic year.

Once a student moves into a residence hall room, room and board charges for the full semester are due and payable on the student’s account. Even if the student moves out of the room during the semester, the full room and board charges for that semester remain due on the student’s account. Because of the high demand for College housing, the student who is not withdrawing from Rhodes and is a resident only in the Fall Semester will be fined $500 if he/she is not moved out of the room by the day after the last final examination of the Fall Semester.

Students living in the residence halls are required to choose either the 15 meals per week dining plan or the 21 meals per week dining plan. Students living in the East Village resident hall or Parkway Hall also have the option of choosing the 7 meals per week dining plan. There are no exceptions to this policy. Meals may be taken in either the Burrow Refectory or with a cash equivalency in the Lynx Lair. Students will be given the opportunity to choose the board plan they prefer prior to the start of the school year. Students may change their board option by contacting Rhodes Express prior to the beginning of the next semester. Once the board plan has begun for a semester, no further changes may be made. Non-resident students may also purchase one of the meal plan options by contacting Rhodes Express prior to the beginning of the semester.

All students living in the residence hall must pay the full comprehensive tuition, regardless of the number of credit hours taken in the semester.

If at some point it becomes necessary to turn the student account over for collection, the student will be required to reimburse the College the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, incurred by the College in such collection efforts.

Withdrawal Policy

All requests for withdrawal must be initiated by the student through the Office of Student Development and Academic Services. The official date of withdrawal will be the last day that the student attended class. Once the Bursar has received all the necessary information concerning the withdrawal, the financial accounts of the student will be settled based upon the policies below. Involuntary withdrawals (i.e. suspensions or expulsions) are handled the same as voluntary withdrawals in that tuition and other fees remain due for the semester in which the suspension or expulsion occurs.

TUITION: If a student has attended classes, the full semester’s tuition is due and payable to the College regardless of the date of withdrawal, unless the student withdraws due to protracted illness or injury. Should this illness be certified by a physician, psychologist, or other qualified professional that it prevents the completion of the semester’s academic work, a pro-rata charge for tuition will be made on the following basis (“days” is defined as days when classes are scheduled, i.e. five days per week).

Withdrawal Date

Pro-rata Semester Tuition Due
(for medical reasons only)

First 10 days of semester

25%

11th through 25th day

50%

26th through 35th day

75%

After 35th day of semester

100%

FINANCIAL AID: Rhodes financial aid remains credited to the account on the same basis as the charge for tuition above. When a student leaves the college, however, federal, state, and/or institutional financial aid funds may need to be returned to the entity providing the funding. The Bursar will determine the amount of unearned financial aid received by the student. The return of those funds may create a balance due to the college, and it is the student’s responsibility to pay that balance.

ROOM AND BOARD: The full room and board charges for the semester remain due and payable for any semester the student occupies a residence hall room. The charges remain due regardless of the date or reason for withdrawal. There are no pro-rata refunds of room and board charges.

ACTIVITY FEE: The full activity fee charge for the semester remains due and payable for any semester the student attends classes, regardless of the date or reason for withdrawal.

Special Fees and Deposits

Application Fee. $45.00

Enrollment Deposit. $400.00. Applies to incoming students only. The deposit, due by May 1, is non-refundable.

Open Rhodes (orientation) Fee. $200.00

Part-time Tuition (Non-resident degree candidates taking 11 credit hours or less). $1,930.00 per credit hour.

Special Student Tuition (Students not seeking a degree at Rhodes). $1,020.00 per credit hour plus $45.00 application fee.

Special Student Tuition, Audit Rate. $510.00 per credit plus $45.00 application fee.

Summer Course Tuition, 2017. $900.00 per credit hour.

Summer Directed Inquiry and Internship Tuition, 2017. $510.00 per credit hour. All students earning Rhodes credit for directed inquiries and internships during the summer must be charged this rate in order to receive the credit.

Extra Credit Hour Fee. $715.00 per credit hour. This fee is charged of degree-seeking students enrolling in more than nineteen (19) credits in a semester.

Applied Music Fee. Students enrolled in applied music will be charged an additional fee of $490.00 per credit for private lessons. After the first applied music lesson, this applied lesson fee is nonrefundable.

Once declared, Music majors will have the Applied Music fees waived for up to eight (8) credits of their principal applied instrument. Music majors taking more than eight (8) credits of Applied Music and lessons taken prior to declaration of the major will be charged the applied fee for those credits.

Once declared, Music minors will have the Applied Music fees waived for up to four (4) credits of Applied Music and lessons taken prior to declaration of the minor will be charged the applied fee for those credits.

If a student fails to graduate as a music major or minor, the applied lesson fees that would have otherwise been assessed will be retroactively added to the student’s account.

NOTE: Music Talent Award and Fine Arts Award recipients' conditions for waivers of Applied Music fees are outlined in their award letters, which supersedes music major and minor fee waivers as contained here.

Late Enrollment Clearance Fee. $50.00

Late Payment Fee. $25.00

Key Fob Replacement Fee. $25.00

Student ID Card Replacement Fee. $10.00

 

Financial Aid

Rhodes invests substantial funds in institutional financial assistance to help make it possible for students who are admitted to the College to attend. Currently, approximately 90% of Rhodes students receive some form of federal, state, institutional, or outside financial assistance, with total assistance amounting to over $100 million.

Most aid awarded by the College is offered as a combination of grant, loan and student employment. Rhodes takes full advantage of the available federal and state financial assistance programs when awarding financial aid to students. Additionally, through the generosity of loyal alumni and other friends of the College, Rhodes students benefit from a generous competitive fellowship and scholarship program.

Definitions

COA: Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, room, and board, estimated cost of books, estimated personal/living costs and estimated transportation costs). The term “Direct COA” only includes tuition and fees. Room and board are included as "Direct COA" only for students who reside at or have purchased a meal plan through Rhodes College.

EFC: Expected Family Contribution; the minimum amount a family is expected to contribute for the student’s education for a given academic year. The EFC is calculated by the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE and assumes families will finance education utilizing current income, past savings, and student and/or parental borrowing.

Demonstrated Need: The difference between the COA and the EFC.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid; used in awarding federal and state grants and scholarships as well as loans and student employment.

CSS PROFILE: A financial aid application that Rhodes uses to award Rhodes Grant funding. The CSS PROFILE is a product of The College Board.

SAP: Satisfactory Academic Progress: federal and institutional requirement that students must consistently progress toward completion of degree requirements; includes GPA and earned hours measured at the end of each academic year.

Financial aid APPLICATION PROCEDURES for prospective students

• Submit the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA (https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/): Early Decision applicants should complete the CSS PROFILE by November 1; Early Action by November 15; Early Decision II by January 15; and Regular Decision by January 15. The code for Rhodes to receive the CSS PROFILE results is 1730.

• Submit the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) between October 1 and January 1. The Title IV Code for Rhodes to receive the FAFSA results is 003519. All prospective students who want consideration for federal and state financial assistance, including Early Decision applicants, must complete the FAFSA.  Prospective students seeking institutional grants must also complete the CSS PROFILE by the deadlines indicated above. Early applicants who received a financial aid award package based on the CSS PROFILE must complete the FAFSA in February to confirm the package.  Failure to complete the FAFSA may result in the reduction or elimination of awarded federal aid.

• Notification of financial aid awards for admitted Early Decision applicants will begin November 15, with admitted Early Action applicants receiving financial aid awards by February 1 and admitted Regular Decision applicants on a rolling basis.

• Students accept or decline financial aid awards online at https://banweb.rhodes.edu.

Financial aid APPLICATION PROCEDURES for currently enrolled/returning students

Currently enrolled/returning students who wish to continue eligibility for need-based financial aid (and for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships for Tennessee residents) must complete the FAFSA each year. Rhodes encourages students to complete the Renewal FAFSA as soon as possible between October 1 and March 1. Returning Tennessee students who qualified for the State grant (TSAA) in previous years must complete the FAFSA by December 15 to be considered for renewal.

The Department of Education will send renewal notices to students in October of each year via email. Returning students who are reapplying for financial aid do not need to complete the CSS PROFILE. The CSS PROFILE is required of first-time financial aid applicants only.

Financial Aid Awards

If the results of the FAFSA reveal that a student has a financial need, Rhodes will normally offer the student a financial aid award that consists of gift aid (federal and state grants) and self-help (loans and student employment). Rhodes funds, federal funds, state funds and funds provided to the student through outside organizations are all considered a part of the need-based financial aid package and are applied to need first, per federal regulations. The need-based programs commonly available at Rhodes are described on the following pages.

Grants

Rhodes Grant: Students may receive a Rhodes Grant along with other forms of assistance such as competitive scholarships/fellowships, student loans, and student employment. Rhodes Grants are not always need-based. Rhodes uses this funding to meet need and/or to offer assistance based on the overall characteristics of students who show promise of success at Rhodes and the ability and desire to take full advantage of all Rhodes has to offer. The annual value of a student’s Rhodes Grant remains constant throughout the student’s tenure at Rhodes. Exceptions to this are within the purview of the Financial Aid Office in response to extreme increases in demonstrated financial need (per the FAFSA, CSS PROFILE or other supporting financial documents) from one year to the next.

Federal Pell Grant: The federal government provides direct assistance to eligible students through the Federal Pell Grant Program. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is determined by the results of the FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are awarded by Rhodes to students with exceptional financial need, defined as those students who are eligible for Pell Grant. SEOG funds are limited and are awarded until funds are exhausted.

Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA): Students who are residents of Tennessee apply for the TSAA via the FAFSA. To be eligible, a student must have graduated from a Tennessee high school, have been a continuous resident of Tennessee for the twelve-month period preceding the start of the academic year for which the grant is made, and have an EFC of or below $2100 (subject to change per state funding). Returning students wishing to renew the award must complete the FAFSA before January 7th to remain eligible.  Further information may be obtained from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, Suite 1950, Parkway Towers, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-0820. The phone number is (800) 342-1663 or (615) 741-1346. The website is www.TN.gov/collegepays. The State of Tennessee is the final authority on eligibility for the program. Rhodes is not responsible for replacing lost state grant funding.

Ministerial Grant: As a church-related college, Rhodes will assist children of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers with a $1,000 ministerial grant above any Rhodes grant or scholarship previously awarded. Dependents of PCUSA ministers should indicate their interest in the Ministerial Grant on the Rhodes Part I Application for Admission/Common Application Supplement.

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS): The State of Tennessee offers scholarships of up to $5,500 for Tennessee residents who attend an approved college or university in Tennessee. The FAFSA is the application for the TELS funding and must be completed by state-established deadlines, as indicated on FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. Information on all requirements for the TELS may be found at www.TN.gov/collegepaystn.com. The State of Tennessee is the final authority on eligibility for the program. Rhodes is not responsible for replacing lost state grant funding.

Loans

Federal Perkins Loan: Rhodes awards Federal Perkins Loans to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The Perkins Loan is a 5% interest loan on which no interest is charged and no payments are made as long as the student is enrolled at Rhodes for at least 6 credits. Repayment begins nine months after the student ceases being at least a half-time student. Repayment of the Perkins Loan may extend over a 10-year period. Rhodes will not award any new Perkins Loan recipients.

Federal Direct Student Loan Program: These federal loans up to $5,500 are available to first-year undergraduate students. Upon earning 30 credits, students may obtain loans up to $6,500 for the sophomore year, and, upon earning 63 credits, students may obtain loans of up to $7,500 per year for the remaining years of undergraduate study.

Federal Direct Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. In the case of a subsidized loan, the federal government pays the interest while the student is enrolled in an eligible institution on at least a half-time basis. In the case of an unsubsidized loan, the student is responsible for interest payment while enrolled at least half-time. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. The standard repayment period is ten years, and the current year's interest rate is fixed at 3.76% for both subsidized Federal Direct Loans and unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans. This rate may change on July 1st each year as determined by federal allocation.

Student Loan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Up to $1,000 annually may be borrowed from the Student Loan Fund administered by the General Mission Board on behalf of the Presbyterian Church. The student must have been a member of the denomination continuously for at least one year immediately preceding the date of application. Evidence of financial need is required. Students interested in this loan should address all communications to:

Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.)
Office of Financial Aid for Studies
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Telephone: (888) 728-7228
http://www.pcusa.org/financialaid

Student Employment

Student employment programs at Rhodes include the Federal Student Employment Program and the Rhodes Student Employment Program. When an offer of student employment of any type is extended by the College and accepted by the student, this offer does not guarantee that the student will earn the full amount of the award. The student will be paid only for the hours worked, and the award amount represents maximum gross wages a student may earn. Earnings are paid directly to the student; they are not credited to the student’s account in the Bursar’s Office. To begin work, a student employee must have an I-9 form on file in the Financial Aid Office and a current W-4 form on file in the Accounting Office.

Federal Student Employment Program (FWS): Through the Federal Student Employment Program, part-time employment is offered to students to help them meet their financial need. A student may work for no less than the prevailing minimum wage rate for as many as thirty-five (35) hours per week during the summer and for an average of ten (10) hours per week while enrolled as a regular student during the academic year.

Rhodes Student Employment Program (CCE): Employment on the campus may be offered through the Rhodes Student Employment Program to students who do not demonstrate financial need. In these cases, employment will be offered only after those commitments made to students eligible for the FWS Program (described above) are honored. Students in this category (no demonstrated need) who desire employment on campus should contact the financial aid office. A student may work for no less than the prevailing minimum wage rate for as many as thirty-five (35) hours per week during the summer and for an average of ten (10) hours per week while enrolled as a regular student during the academic year.

Rhodes Student Associate Program (RSAP): Through the RSA Program employment may be offered on a part-time basis regardless of financial need. A student may apply for RSAP beginning in the fall of their freshman year as applications become available. A student may work up to fifteen (15) hours per week during the academic year only. Summer employment is not available in this program. A student may not hold another job on campus in conjunction with their RSA position including the Bonner and CODA fellowships.

Withdrawal From Rhodes and Return of Funds

Return of Federal Title IV Student Aid: When a student who has Federal Title IV student aid withdraws from the College or does not return from an approved leave of absence, within the same academic term, the unearned portion of those funds must be returned to the federal student aid programs. Federal Title IV funds that may have to be returned include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Direct Loan, the Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), the Federal Perkins Loan and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). The unearned portion of Federal Title IV funds is determined by dividing the number of days in the term that have passed as of the date of withdrawal (last date of class attendance) by the total number of days in the term. If the withdrawal occurs after 60% of the term has elapsed, no return of Title IV funds is required. The Bursar’s Office calculates the Return of Title IV funds amount and informs the Financial Aid Office and the student of the results of the calculation.

Federal regulations require funds be returned to federal programs in the following order: Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, Subsidized Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans. If funds remain after repaying all loan amounts, the remaining funds are repaid to Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG).

Return of State and Institutional Student Aid: When a student who has state and/or institutional student aid withdraws from the College or does not return from an approved leave of absence, the College returns the unearned portion of those funds to the state and/or the College.

Student Financial Responsibility: Students and parents should be aware that the requirement to return Federal Title IV assistance and the policy to return state and institutional aid might result in a balance due to Rhodes College; the student and/or student’s family is responsible for paying any balance resulting from the return of Title IV aid and state and institutional funds.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Financial need is not a consideration in awarding scholarships and fellowships at Rhodes, with the exception of the Bonner Scholarship. Federal regulations, however, do require that any assistance, including competitive scholarships and fellowships, first apply towards the demonstrated need when awarding need-based aid.

Rhodes’ competitive scholarships and fellowships are awarded only to entering students. Returning students not initially offered a competitive scholarship or fellowship will not be considered for a competitive scholarships or fellowship at a later time. Returning students who have been awarded a competitive scholarship or fellowship will not be considered for scholarships or fellowships of greater value as they progress through Rhodes.

All qualified applicants are automatically considered for Rhodes’ competitive scholarships and fellowships, unless a separate application is required and specified.

Please note: A description of our broader FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM, which provides opportunities for research, service, creative activities, internships and study abroad during the academic year and over the summer, can be found in the OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY section of this catalogue. Many of these opportunities include stipends.

Competitive Scholarships

Competitive scholarships are awarded on the basis of a candidate’s academic record, leadership, character, and personal achievements. Competitive scholarships may be renewed for a maximum of three renewals provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards, enrolled in undergraduate program and maintains the GPA requirements of the scholarship; however, the student must maintain full-time student status (at least 12 credits) through the extended drop period of each semester. The total amount of Rhodes-funded scholarships, fellowships and grants may not exceed direct charges of tuition, fees, room, and board. Students who move off campus would be subject to a reduction of institutional aid.

The Morse, Cambridge, Ralph C. Hon, Diehl, Dean's and Presidential Scholarships and Rhodes Awards are awarded to entering students based on the candidate’s academic record, leadership, character, and personal achievements.

Bellingrath, Morse and Cambridge scholarships include an oppportunity for a one-time fellowship worth up to the equivalent of $5,000 for a summer's worth of study in an approved area of the student's choosing through the fellowship program.   A description of our broader FEWLLOWSHIPS PROGRAM can be found in the OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIFIDUALIZED Study section of the catalogue.

Dean’s Scholarships are awarded to outstanding entering students who diversify the cultural demography of the college.

Competitive Fellowships

At Rhodes, we have taken traditional scholarships a step further by allowing students to invest in themselves through professional internships, community service, research or other requirements in exchange for financial assistance. In addition to funding, recipients of fellowships receive real-world experience that puts their education into action. Competitive fellowships for incoming students are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership, character, personal achievement, or special talents and provide service, research, or internship opportunities to recipients. Most fellowships require the submission of a separate application.

Fellowships may be renewed for a maximum of three renewals provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards, the GPA requirements of the fellowship, and the service, internship, research, or other requirements of the fellowship. In addition, the student must maintain full-time student status (at least 12 credits) through the extended drop period of each semester to continue to receive the fellowship. The total amount of Rhodes-funded scholarships, fellowships and grants may not exceed tuition, fees, room, and board.

Walter D. Bellingrath Fellowships. Bellingrath Fellowships receive a stipend equal to the full cost of tuition at Rhodes, are awarded to the College’s most outstanding first-year students.

Fine Arts Fellowships. Fine Arts Fellowships are made each year to entering students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of art, music and theater. Auditions are required in music and theatre, and art requires the submission of slides. The Fine Arts Fellowships are valued up to $12,500 per year. If a student qualifies for a Fine Arts Fellowship and another competitive scholarship or fellowship, only one scholarship or fellowship (whichever is greater) will be awarded. Winners of these fellowships are required to major or minor in a Fine Arts discipline while at Rhodes.

Spencer Fellowships in Greek and Roman Studies. Spencer Fellowships are awarded to first-year students who have distinguished themselves in the study of Latin, ancient Greek or the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Each year, up to three Spencer Fellowships are awarded in the amount of $2,000 to $3,000 in addition to any other Rhodes grant or fellowship received. The fellowships are renewable for three years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards, maintains a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and participates in the Greek and Roman Studies program.

Jack H. Taylor Fellowship in Physics. The Taylor Fellowship in Physics recognizes talented high school physics students and encourages their continued college development in physics. The Fellowship is valued up to $15,000 per year based on the qualifications of the recipient and is in addition to any other Rhodes grant or fellowship the student may receive. At least one fellowship will be awarded to a first-year student each year.

Bonner Scholarships. The Bonner Scholarships are for students who have demonstrated an exceptional record of leadership and service participation in their communities and who wish to become effective leaders who promote positive change in the world. The Bonner Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and support fifteen first-year students who have competitive SAT or ACT scores, a strong high school record, and demonstrate an outstanding record of leadership, community service and/or social justice work.

To be eligible, the student’s family must have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $10,500 (with a few exceptions made for outstanding candidates). Scholarships plus stipend are valued at $12,500 and are in addition to any Rhodes grant or scholarship the student may receive during the standard academic year. Bonner Scholars are also awarded funding for two summer service projects, access to a community fund to support service projects, and up to $2,000 for the purpose of reducing total educational loan indebtedness upon graduation from Rhodes.

Clarence Day Scholarship. Day Scholarships are made each year to entering students who are from Shelby County and who have demonstrated a strong interest in the Memphis community. Students must have a strong academic record and have intentions of staying in Memphis after graduation. The scholarship is renewable for three years provided the student meets the renewal criteria. The scholarship is valued at $35,000 per year and an opportunity for a one-time fellowship experience with a stipend of $5,000. Applicants must apply and meet all deadlines to be considered for this scholarship. In addition to the award amount, a student’s financial need to cover direct costs is met with scholarship, grant, and work. Loans may be offered to assist with indirect costs or offset calculated family contribution.

Other Scholarships and Awards

Rhodes College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships. Awards sponsored by Rhodes may be offered to first-year students who are designated as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition and who have designated Rhodes as their first choice. Recipients may not receive other National Merit Scholarships. The minimum value of the scholarship is $500. However, if the candidate has financial need, as demonstrated on the FAFSA, the value of the award can be up to a maximum of $2,000. The awards are renewable for three years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards.

The Presbyterian Partnership. Because Rhodes shares an important relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a special scholarship program, called the Presbyterian Partnership, has been established. Through this program Rhodes seeks to strengthen its ties with the Church and to help students obtain the distinctive and high quality education available at Rhodes. In the program, the Session of a Presbyterian church may nominate a student to receive a Partnership grant of $1,000, $2,000 or $4,000. The church contributes one-half of the Partnership grant to Rhodes, and the College supplies the other half and applies the total to the student’s account. Any institutional grant or scholarship previously awarded the recipient by Rhodes will be used to match the Church’s portion of the scholarship (i.e. no additional grant or scholarship aid will be awarded). Eligibility requirements for a Partnership Scholarship are:

  • The student must be nominated by the Session of a local Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • Only first-year students and transfer students are eligible for an initial Partnership Scholarship.
  • The recipient must meet all requirements for admission to Rhodes as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress at all times.

Interested students should contact their pastor or Clerk of Session to see if their church is willing to enter into a Partnership agreement with Rhodes. If the church wishes to participate, the church should write a letter to the Rhodes College Financial Aid Office specifying the annual amount of the Presbyterian Partnership it wishes to partner with Rhodes. As mentioned above, one-half of that annual amount will be furnished by the church and the other half will be furnished by Rhodes, provided no other Rhodes scholarship/fellowship/grant has been awarded. For further information about the Presbyterian Partnership Program, contact the Financial Aid Office..

National Presbyterian College Scholarships. Rhodes participates in the National Presbyterian College Scholarship Program. Rhodes may co-sponsor one award each year to an entering first-year student. This award, based on financial need and ranging in value from $700 to $1,400, is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards.

The National Presbyterian College Scholarship Selection Committee will determine the winner from those applicants who indicate on the application that Rhodes is their first choice among the participating Presbyterian Colleges. Application forms may be obtained from and must be returned by January 31 to:

National Presbyterian College Scholarships

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Financial Aid for Studies
100 Witherspoon Street Mezzanine
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
http://www.pcusa.org/financialaid/

American Field Service Returnee Scholarships. Rhodes will provide up to five (5) AFS Returnee Scholarships valued at $500 per year and renewable for up to three additional years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to any AFS returnee who is offered admission to the College.

HOBY Scholarships. These scholarships are available on a competitive basis to any participant in a HOBY seminar who is offered admission to the College. The scholarship is valued at $500 per year and is renewable for three years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards. A maximum of five (5) HOBY Scholarships will be awarded each year.

Youth for Understanding Scholarships. Rhodes will provide up to five (5) YFU Scholarships per year valued at $500 and renewable for three additional years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to any YFU participant who is offered admission to the College.

Army ROTC Scholarships. Rhodes students may compete for Army ROTC scholarships providing college tuition and educational fees. Awardees also receive a book allowance of $600 per semester and a stipend varying from $350 - $500 per month from the Army (estimated).

Students awarded an Army ROTC scholarship may receive a Rhodes Grant equivalent to the cost of on-campus room and board based upon the 21 meal, standard multiple occupancy room rate. The Rhodes Grant will be awarded unless the student has already received a Rhodes College scholarship, fellowship or grant equal to or greater than the indicated grant amount. Rhodes Grants are renewable for three years as long as the student retains his/her ROTC Scholarship and meets the satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid. Information about Army ROTC Scholarships may be obtained by writing to Army ROTC, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, or by calling Army ROTC at (901) 678-2933.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships. Through an agreement between Rhodes and the United States Air Force, Rhodes students may participate fully in the AFROTC program based at the University of Memphis and can compete for AFROTC scholarships. Incoming freshman can compete for four, and in certain cases, five year scholarships by applying for an AFROTC College Scholarship (CSP) online at www.afrotc.com. Applicants must apply no later than December 1 of the year prior to entering college as a first-year student. Scholarships awarded through the CSP program include: (1) full-tuition and fees (Type 1); (2) up to $15,000 per year towards tuition and fees (Type 2); and (3) up to $9,000 per year towards tuition and fees (Type 7). Students not selected for a CSP scholarship, if eligible, can compete for a scholarship through the In College Scholarship Program (ICSP) once they are enrolled at Rhodes and in AFROTC. These scholarships include: (1) up to $15,000 per year towards tuition and fees (Type 2); (2) up to $9,000 towards tuition and fees (Type 3); and up to $3,000 towards tuition and fees (Type 6). Students who receive the Type 2 scholarships through CSP or ISCP are eligible to compete for an upgrade to 80 percent of tuition and fees. All AFROTC scholarship programs include a $900 per year book allowance.

Scholarship awardees who receive the Type 1 scholarship are also eligible to receive a Rhodes grant equivalent to the cost of on-campus room and board based upon the 21-meal, standard multiple-occupancy rate. Those students who are awarded the Type 2 scholarship may receive a Rhodes grant equivalent to fifty percent (50%) of the on-campus cost of room and board based upon the 21 meal, standard multiple occupancy rate. The Rhodes grant will be awarded unless the student has already received a Rhodes College scholarship, fellowship or grant equal to or greater than the indicated grant amount. Rhodes grants are renewable for up to three years as long as the student retains his/her ROTC Scholarship and meets the satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid. Please note that if a Type I recipient chooses to live at home or with relatives, the amount of the Rhodes grant plus the Air Force Type I scholarship cannot be more than Rhodes’ cost of attendance for a commuter student living with relatives.

For details regarding the AFROTC program or scholarships contact the Unit Admissions Officer, Air Force ROTC Detachment at (901) 678-2681 or visit the AFROTC Detachment 785 website at www.afrotc.memphis.edu.

Edscholar Scholarships. Normally one volunteer state student assistance program (VSSAP) Scholarship is awarded biannually to first-year students who are Tennessee residents. Selection of scholarship recipients is based on the student’s community service/leadership record, academic achievements and financial need. The Edscholar Scholarship has a stipend of $7,000 per year for four years and will be renewed yearly as long as the recipient remains a full-time student at Rhodes and maintains a 2.50 grade point average. The scholarship is funded by Edfinancial located in Knoxville, TN.

Outside Scholarships. Scholarships from other organizations may also be available to students who attend Rhodes. Some of these awards are administered through high schools. However, in most cases, the student applies directly to a club or association. Interested students should work with their high school counselors to learn of those scholarships available in their area. Please note that outside scholarships, like the above aid, become part of the financial aid package and assist in meeting demonstrated financial need. Students must notify the Rhodes Financial Aid Office of any outside funding he or she receives. A student may not receive more aid than the published cost of attendance at Rhodes. Federal and/or state aid may need to be reduced in instances when aid from all resources exceeds cost of attendance.

Tuition Exchange Programs

Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). Children of employees of ACS participating institutions are eligible to be considered for the ACS Tuition Exchange.

Rhodes’ agreement with ACS indicates that for any given academic year, ACS “imports” (students attending Rhodes as an ACS Tuition Exchange student) will not exceed “exports” (children of Rhodes employees attending another ACS college under the agreement) by more than three students.

Each ACS Tuition Exchange recipient pays a participation fee of $1,500 per academic year. The ACS Tuition Exchange benefit is equivalent to full tuition at Rhodes and is renewable for three years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards and meets the eligibility requirements indicated above. Recipients may be required to live in a residence hall at the College’s discretion. Participants must be full-time degree candidates.

ACS Tuition Exchange benefits may be used for one of the following Rhodes study abroad programs: European Studies or Rhodes Exchange. All other study abroad programs are ineligible programs for ACS Tuition Exchange benefits.

Interested students must specify that admission is being sought under the ACS Tuition Exchange program, apply for all state and/or federal aid for which he or she may be eligible, and have submitted an ACS Tuition Exchange certification form completed by the appropriate official at their home institution certifying their eligibility for the exchange. Eligible students must meet Rhodes’ normal admission requirements.

Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU). Students who are the dependent children and spouses of full-time faculty and staff in APCU colleges which have endorsed the Plan are eligible to be considered. Eligible students must meet Rhodes’ normal admission requirements to be considered.

Rhodes’ agreement with APCU indicates that for any given academic year, APCU “imports” (students attending Rhodes as an APCU Tuition Exchange student) will not exceed “exports” (children of Rhodes employees attending another APCU college under the agreement) by more than one student.

The APCU Tuition Exchange benefit is equivalent to full tuition at Rhodes and is renewable for three years provided the student meets the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards and meets the eligibility requirements indicated above. Recipients may be required to live in a residence hall at the College’s discretion.

APCU Tuition Exchange benefits may be used for one of the following Rhodes study abroad programs: European Studies or Rhodes Exchange. All other study abroad programs are ineligible programs for APCU Tuition Exchange benefits.

Interested students must specify that admission is being sought under the APCU Tuition Exchange Agreement and have submitted a letter to the Office of Financial Aid from the president of his/her home institution certifying eligibility for the program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Renewal of rhodes-funded Financial Aid and Competitive Scholarships/Fellowships

Normally, all forms of institutional financial aid offered by Rhodes are awarded for eight (8) semesters as long as the student meets the SAP standards for renewal of financial aid and, for competitive scholarships and fellowships, maintains the required GPA.

Rhodes scholarships, fellowships, and grants may only be used for study at Rhodes or for approved study in the Rhodes European Studies and Exchange programs.

Funds are not available for summer terms or for studies at or through other institutions. Rhodes funds are not available to students enrolled less than full-time (at least 12 credits) unless an exception is formally approved by the Disability Support Committee (see Students with Disabilities).

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Renewal of federal (TITLE IV), state, and institutional aid, including Federal Direct PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students).

Per federal guidelines all students must obtain a cummulative 2.0 grade point average by the end of their sophomore year and complete 67% of all classess taken at Rhodes to remain eligible for financial aid.  Any student who has completed less than 67% of their classes and have less than a 1.25 cummulative as a freshman and less than a 2.0 cummulative gpa as a sophomore will not have meet SAP standards and immediately denied aid per this policy.

A student with extenuating circumstances that contributed to not meeting SAP standards may appeal to be considered for reinstatement of aid on a probationary status.

A student who meets the the cumulative standards below will be considered as being on pace for financial aid purposes.  Eight terms is  the maximum allowance to recieve institutional aid.  A student will have financial aid renewed in succeeding years if the student meets the following requirements:

  • attains a total cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in all course work at Rhodes; and,
  • has earned at least 28 credits of course work by the beginning of his/her third semester of study at Rhodes;
  • has earned at least 60 credits of course work by the beginning of his/her fifth semester of study at Rhodes;
  • has earned at least 92 credits of course work by the beginning of his/her seventh semester of study at Rhodes.

NOTE: These standards apply to satisfactory academic progress for financial aid only and do not establish class standing. If changes to the policy above occur prior to the next publication of the Catalogue, the online version of the Catalogue will be updated while awaiting the next publication date for the bound Catalogue.

Additional requirements for renewal of federal (Title IV), state, and institutional aid, including Federal PLUS

  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in order to be eligible for any Title IV (except Pell Grant) or state assistance. Rhodes Grants requires full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits).
  • For federal and state aid, the maximum time frame in which a student can complete a degree is six (6) years, and the minimum number of credits to be completed at the end of any one of the six years is one sixth of the total number of credits required for a degree (see Graduation Requirements). For any Rhodes-funded aid, the maximum time frame is four (4) years or eight (8) semesters. For the Tennessee Lottery Scholarships, the maximum time frame for receipt of these funds is 136 attempted credits of course work.
  • Grades and cumulative earned credits are reviewed at the end of each academic year for all students, unless stated otherwise by the Director of Financial Aid.
  • All students must obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average at Rhodes of 2.00 by the end of their sophomore year. Should a student’s aid eligibility be revoked due to the student not meeting the above minimum standards, the student may appeal for a variance from the satisfactory academic progress requirements for one term. The appeal should be submitted to the Director of Financial Aid in writing by email or by letter. If the variance request is approved, the student’s aid will be reinstated based on the conditions and length of the approval as stated by the Director of Financial Aid. This decision is communicated via Rhodes email to the student.
  • Enrollment status is based on the recorded enrollment at the end of the “extended drop period” each term.

Definitions and regulations concerning full-time student status, course schedule changes, unauthorized withdrawal from class, and removal of conditional grades are stated in other sections of the College Catalogue.

Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities who are taking a reduced course load and who have received approval of full-time status will not be denied consideration for Rhodes financial aid. The amount of aid awarded, however, will be reduced to the proportionate amount that corresponds with the student’s course load. For example, a minimum of twelve (12) credits per semester is required to receive Rhodes-funded student aid as a full-time student. If a student has received approval from the Disability Support Committee to be considered a full-time student for a course load of eight (8) credits in a given semester, the Rhodes-funded aid will be reduced to 2/3 of the amount it would have been if the student were taking twelve (12) or more credits. A course load of six (6) credits will always be considered to be half-time. No Rhodes-funded aid will be available to any student who is enrolled less than half-time. Additionally, students with disabilities will be eligible to receive Rhodes-funded aid for a maximum of twelve (12) semesters or 150% of the standard time required for completion of a Bachelor’s degree; the total Rhodes-funded aid will be limited to the amount the student would have received for eight (8) semesters taking standard course loads.

Renewal of Competitive Scholarships

Morse Scholarships may be renewed for three years as long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.00 or better and meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously.

Cambridge Scholarships may be renewed for three years as long as the recipient maintains a grade point average of 2.75 or better and meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously.

Dean’s Scholarships, Presidential Scholarships, Hon, Diehl, Day and Memphis Scholars Scholarships may be renewed for three years as long as the recipient maintains a grade point average of 2.50 or better and meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously.

Rhodes Awards and Rhodes Grants may be renewed for three years as long as the recipient maintains a grade point average of 2.00 or better and meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously.

Renewal of Competitive Fellowships

Bellingrath Fellowships may be renewed for three years as long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.25 or better, meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously, and provides ten hours per week of service to the Admission Office.

Fine Arts Fellowships may be renewed for three years as long as the student has declared, or is making satisfactory progress toward, a major or minor in one of the fine arts. The student must also maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or better and meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid previously described.

CODA Fine Arts Fellowships may be renewed for three years as long as the recipient maintains a grade point average of 2.75 or better, meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously, and participates in a mentored fine arts research and leadership project that will involve approximately ten hours per week.

Spencer Fellowships in Greek and Roman Studies may be renewed for three years as long as the recipient maintains a grade point average of 2.75 or better, meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously, and has declared, or is making satisfactory progress toward, a major or minor in Greek and Roman Studies.

Taylor Fellowships may be renewed for three years as long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.00 or better, meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid as described previously, is making satisfactory progress toward a major or minor in physics (as determined by the Physics Department), and provides five hours per week of service to the Physics Department.

Bonner Scholarships may be renewed for three years as long as the recipient meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid described previously, maintains a 2.50 grade point average, is involved in community service and leadership programs for an average of ten hours per week, completes two summers of full-time community service for a total of 280 hours over at least a seven-week period, participates in the College’s Leadership Program, and participates in the Bonner Scholars service trip at the end of the student’s first year at Rhodes.

Revision of Financial Aid Awards

Financial aid is dynamic and may change as new information becomes available to the Rhodes Financial Aid Office. Any financial aid package is subject to revision (even during the academic year) for any of the following reasons:

  • In the process of verifying the information the student/parent reported on the need analysis form(s) (FAFSA and/or CSS PROFILE), an error is discovered which, when corrected, changes the student’s eligibility.
  • A change in regulations governing federal or state programs occurs and requires an adjustment to be made.
  • Funding levels in federal or state programs are reduced.
  • The student receives additional financial assistance, including, but not limited to, outside scholarships, from a source not listed on the most recent award notification or on the BannerWeb.
  • The student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress standards for renewal of financial aid.
  • The Financial Aid Office discovers any error, clerical or other, on an award.
  • The student fails to complete required financial aid applications for need-based federal, state and institutional aid, including any documents required for verification of FAFSA information.

Please note that any aid reduced based on the above will not be replaced by Rhodes-funded grant.

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Rhodes students enrolled in study abroad programs administered (sponsored) by Rhodes (European Studies and Rhodes exchange programs) are eligible for competitive-based and need-based financial aid from Rhodes on the following basis:

  • The total cost of such a program will be defined as tuition, participation fee (if any), an allowance for round trip airfare, a reasonable allowance for ground transportation in the foreign country, an allowance for room and board, books and required supplies and an allowance for incidental personal expenses. The student must report these costs to the Financial Aid Office via a Consortium Agreement.
  • The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be calculated using the results of the FAFSA.
  • All forms of financial aid for which the student would normally qualify will be applicable, including Rhodes grants and scholarships, campus-based Title IV and other Title IV funds, as well as any outside loans or scholarships the student might have. However, the sum of Rhodes need-based grant and competitive-based scholarship awarded for the term of the program may not exceed the tuition charge at Rhodes for one semester. Student employment income will be replaced by additional loan, if requested, and need in excess of the cost of attending Rhodes will be met by loan or by the student’s family.
  • In cases where the total cost of the study abroad program is less than the total cost of a semester at Rhodes (as a resident student), the financial aid package will be based on the cost of the study abroad program.
  • Rhodes students receiving financial assistance from the College who choose to participate in one of Rhodes’ exchange programs are considered to be Rhodes students. The financial aid awarded to the student to meet the costs of the exchange program are considered expended for the original length of the program. In other words, a student who elects to participate in a one year exchange program is considered to have been awarded two semesters of aid. If the student decides not to complete the full year of the program, the student should realize that two semesters of aid have been used, even though the entire program was not completed.

For students electing to participate in programs, other than European Studies or Rhodes Exchange, and if Rhodes is to be the degree-granting institution accepting credits from the program, Rhodes will assist the student in obtaining any Title IV funds and state funds for which the student may qualify. However, no Rhodes funds will be available. This policy also applies to off-campus study programs based in the United States (e.g., Washington Semester).

Students will not be eligible for either Rhodes need-based financial aid or for Rhodes competitive scholarship/fellowship aid for more than one study abroad program during their time at Rhodes.

The above policies apply to study abroad programs that occur during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Summer study abroad programs are excluded, as no Rhodes need-based aid or competitive scholarships/fellowships are available for summer study abroad.

Students using federal or state aid for study abroad programs must complete a Consortium Agreement as described in the literature from the Study Abroad Office on campus.

Transfer Students

A student transferring to Rhodes who is seeking financial assistance must submit the CSS PROFILE (https://profileonline.collegeboard.com) by March 1 and an accurately completed FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) by March 1 in order to determine financial need for the upcoming year.

A transfer student shall be eligible for all forms of financial aid (except Bellingrath Fellowships, Bonner Scholarships and Memphis Scholars) provided:

  1. the student’s previous college academic record is commensurate with the requirements for the award (a 3.50 minimum grade point average is required for a Hon Scholarship and a 3.75 minimum grade point average is required for any scholarships or fellowships of greater value) and;
  2. had the student entered Rhodes during the first year in college, such an award would have been awarded.

NOTE: The number of semesters for which a transfer student may receive Rhodes-funded aid is based on the classification of the student upon enrollment. For example, if a transfer student enrolls at Rhodes as a sophomore, that student may receive Rhodes-funded aid for a total of six (6) semesters. A student enrolling as a junior may receive Rhodes-funded aid for a total of four semesters, and so forth.

Alternative Financing

For families who prefer to pay college costs in interest-free monthly installments, Rhodes suggests Tuition Management Systems, 171 Service Avenue, Warick, RI 02886 or by phone at (800)722-4867 or online at www.afford.com/rhodes. Arrangements must be made with this agency prior to the due date of the first tuition payment. The Bursar’s Office is the primary on-campus contact for this program.

Through the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program, the parent of an undergraduate student may be eligible to borrow the cost of education at Rhodes less any financial assistance the student receives each year for educational expenses. The current year's interest rate is fixed at 6.84%. The interest rate changes each July 1st as determined by federal appropriations. PLUS applicants are subject to credit approval.

There are a number of alternative (private) loan programs available for interested students and their families. Please refer to the financial aid website at www.rhodes.edu/finaid for more information.

Additional Policies

  • The main method of communication from the Financial Aid Office is to the student, via the student’s Rhodes-assigned email address. Students must communicate with parents concerning financial aid award information, requirements, etc.
  • Most information about the student’s financial aid award(s), requirements for completing the financial aid process, costs of attendance, etc. may be found on the BannerWeb (https://banweb.rhodes.edu), utilizing the student’s Rhodes ID and PIN. The Financial Aid Office does not mail paper award letters or “missing documents” letters home to Rhodes students.
  • The total amount of Rhodes-funded gift aid (scholarships, fellowships and/or grants) a student is eligible to receive may not exceed Rhodes’ direct cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, and/or board). If the total amount of Rhodes-funded gift aid exceeds the direct cost of attendance, a portion of the Rhodes gift aid will be reduced accordingly.
  • A student may not receive gift aid (scholarships, fellowships and/or grants) from all sources (Rhodes, federal, state, private) in excess of the total cost of attendance at Rhodes (tuition, fees, room, board as well as an estimated allowance for books, transportation, and personal/living expenses). If the total amount of gift aid from all sources exceeds Rhodes’ total cost of attendance, Rhodes gift aid (scholarships, fellowships, and/or grants) will be reduced accordingly.
  • All outside financial assistance or scholarships received by a student attending Rhodes must be reported to the Financial Aid Office, including the annual amount of the award and whether or not the award is renewable past the first year. Rhodes reserves the right to make adjustments in the financial aid package offered to students who receive assistance from other sources.
  • When calculating Rhodes scholarships or grants based on tuition, fees, room and board, the amount used for room is the average amount charged by the College for a student at the multiple occupancy rate for that dorm; the amount used for board is the current on-campus 21-meal plan rate.
  • Rhodes scholarships, fellowships and grants are based on a normal course load (12 - 18 credits under the Foundations Curriculum). Additional costs incurred by a student taking an overload will be incurred at that student’s expense.
  • Rhodes scholarships, fellowships and grants are provided only to students enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits) as of the last day of the extended drop period. Seniors who need less than twelve (12) credits to graduate in their final semester are NOT exempt from this policy.
  • Institutional funds will be awarded for each classification year (i.e. first-year, sophomore, etc.) only once. A maximum of two semesters of assistance will be awarded for any classification. Exceptions to this may be made by formal approval of the Disability Support Committee for students with disabilities (see “Students with Disabilities” section above).
  • Students who graduate early because of overloads, summer course work, etc., forfeit aid for the semester(s) not enrolled. In other words, if a student graduates a semester early, that student cannot have all of the year’s aid in the last semester of enrollment.
  • In most cases, financial aid is not available for summer terms. However, Tennessee Residents eligible for the HOPE Scholarship may be eligible for a prorated HOPE award if enrolled at least half-time. Students that have not exhausted their annual eligibility in loans may request a loan for the summer term if enrolled at least half-time. Students should contact the financial aid office for consideration.
  • Recipients of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship(s) who begin enrollment in any term as a full-time student must maintain full-time status throughout the semester to continue receiving this award. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Standards and Standing Committee prior to the student’s dropping below full-time status. Only medical and family emergency issues are considered for exceptions. More information may be found at: www.collegepaystn.com. Recipients of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship(s) must complete the FAFSA every year by the state-established deadline as printed on the FAFSA.
  • Students who accept/decline financial aid awards via BannerWeb are electronically signing their award and agree to the terms of the financial aid package as listed in the Rhodes College Catalogue, in other Rhodes publications, and on the Rhodes website.
  • The following are the definitions for enrollment status for financial aid, including Rhodes scholarships, fellowships and grants:
    • Full Time: 12 credits or greater
    • 3/4 Time: 9 - 11.99 credits
    • 1/2 Time: 6 - 8.99 credits
    • Less than 1/2 time: less than 6 credits
  • The following are earned credit requirements which establish Federal Direct Loan amount eligibility:
    • Less than 30 earned credits: Freshman-level Federal Direct Loan ($5,500)
    • 30 to 62 earned credits: Sophomore-level Federal Direct Loan ($6,500)
    • 63 or more earned credits: Junior and Senior-level Federal Direct Loan ($7,500)

Student Life

Student Government

The main purpose of the Rhodes Student Government is to provide an organization to represent the needs and concerns of the Rhodes student body to the faculty and administration. The Student Government is the primary vehicle for student participation in the governance process of Rhodes. The members of Student Government seek to keep the group effectively involved in many areas of campus life. All meetings are open to the entire campus, and students are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Student Government oversees the allocation of the Student Activity Fund; nominates students for appointment to serve on faculty and administrative committees; directs the Student Government Committees; and generally entertains any matters of student interest or concern at meetings and campus-wide forums. Elections are held in the Spring for all positions except the First-Year Representatives, which are elected in the Fall.

Honor Societies

The Rhodes College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter of Tennessee, was established at the College in 1949. For over two hundred years, election to Phi Beta Kappa has been a recognition of exceptional academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Rhodes students are elected to Phi Beta Kappa by the members of the chapter chiefly on the basis of outstanding academic achievement in the study of liberal subjects.

Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Circle, was established at the College in 1927. The purpose of this national organization is to recognize leadership in college activities and to undertake various activities for the good of the College. Student members are chosen from the junior and senior classes, and not more than three per cent of the student body may be elected to membership. Members must have distinguished themselves in such activities as scholarship, athletics, and publications.

Sigma Tau Delta, national English honor society, was established at Rhodes in 1984. The purpose of this society is to promote the study of literature in English and to recognize outstanding achievement in this area.

Mortar Board, a national honor society for seniors, was established at Rhodes April 17, 1964, for the purpose of recognizing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

The Pi Kappa Lambda honorary academic music fraternity was established in the spring of 1949. It recognizes outstanding achievement in music and may elect not over twenty per cent of those members of the senior class majoring in music.

Eta Sigma Phi, honorary society for students of classical language, was established at Rhodes in 1952. The purpose of this society is to promote interest in all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman culture. Those who have at least a B average in advanced courses in either Greek or Latin are eligible for membership.

The Rhodes chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, was established May 27, 1963. The chapter receives into membership physics students and a limited number from closely related fields when such students attain high standards of scholarship, professional merit, and academic distinction.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the worldís largest academic honor societies. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities; the publication of its official journal, The American Economist, and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions. The minimum requirements for admission for undergraduates are completion of 12 semester hours economics courses and attainment of at least a 3.50 in economics courses and an overall 3.50 in all classes. Students do not have to be economics majors, but must have a genuine interest in economics in addition to meeting the above requirements.

Theta Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, a national honor society in International Studies, is a charter chapter that was founded at Rhodes in 1986. The purpose of Sigma Iota Rho is to recognize academic excellence and to promote information about and study of contemporary international issues. Students are eligible for membership beginning in their junior year, and must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and a 3.3 within the major.

Psi Chi, the national honorary society in Psychology, was reactivated at Rhodes in 1987 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of Psychology as a profession. Membership in this society, which is affiliated with the American Psychological Association and which is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, is by invitation and limited to Psychology majors.Theta Nu chapter of the National Order of Omega was chartered in the spring of 1987. It serves to recognize outstanding members of the fraternities and sororities on the basis of scholarship and leadership. A grade point average equal to or above the all-Greek average is required for consideration for membership. Applications for members are extended each year to eligible rising juniors and seniors.

Theta Nu chapter of the National Order of Omega was chartered in the spring of 1987. It serves to recognize outstanding members of the fraternities and sororities on the basis of scholarship and leadership. A grade point average equal to or above the all-Greek average is required for consideration for membership. Applications for members are extended each year to eligible rising juniors and seniors.
The Alpha Epsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, international honor society in History, was established at Rhodes in 1990. Phi Alpha Theta brings students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially, and it encourages and assists historical research and publication by its members. Students who have completed the required number of history hours at the 3.3 level and maintain at least a 3.2 overall grade point average are eligible for membership. Student members host informational gatherings for first-year students, hold career workshops, sponsor speakers, and publish an annual journal of exemplary student papers.

Beta Beta Beta is an honorary and professional society for students of the biological sciences. The Mu Rho Chapter of this national society was founded at Rhodes College in 1992. It seeks to encourage scholarly attainment in this field of learning by reserving its regular membership for those who achieve superior academic records and who indicate special aptitude for and major interest in the life sciences.

Pi Delta Phi is an honorary society for students of French language, literature, and culture. The Nu Nu chapter of this national society was founded at Rhodes in 2004. The purpose of the society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

Iota Iota Iota is a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in the field of women’s studies while striving to maintain the feminist values central to women’s studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and a celebration of the diversity of women’s experiences. Iota Iota Iota works to promote an interest in women’ s studies and research in social problems affecting all women. The Chi Chapter of Iota Iota Iota was chartered at Rhodes College in 2004.

Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man’s eternal search for peace and truth.
Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society, is an honorary organization for talented undergraduate and graduate students in the Slavic languages. It serves as a means for the recognition of academic excellence in the study of Slavic languages, literature, and history, and provides incentive for scholarly interest in Slavic life and culture. The Rhodes Chapter of the society was established in 2003.

Sigma Delta Pi is the national collegiate honorary society for students who distinguish themselves in the study of Hispanic language, literature and culture. The society was founded in 1919 at The University of California, and the Phi Epsilon chapter was established at Rhodes in 2005.

Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society serving the needs of those involved in the study of religion and/or theology at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels of higher education. Honoring excellence in these academic fields is its primary purpose, and it currently hosts over 140 local chapters throughout the United States at institutions both large and small, public and private. The Rhodes chapter, Alpha Epsilon Iota, was created in 2000 and serves approximately 40 members. Candidates for admission to Theta Alpha Kappa must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0, at least 12 credit hours in Religious Studies (including Humanities “Search” courses) and at least a 3.5 GPA in those classes.

Nu Rho Psi, national Neuroscience honor society, was established at Rhodes in 2014.  The Rhodes chapter will be the first for Tennessee.  The objectives of Nu Rho Psi are to encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship in neuroscience, award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence, promote intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in the field, and encourage service to the community.

Academic Advising and Support

Academic Advising

The mission of academic advising at Rhodes is to promote student learning. Each entering student is assigned an academic adviser, who will function in that capacity until the student formally declares a major. This must be done prior to the registration period of the spring semester of the sophomore year. At that point, a faculty adviser from the major department is assigned to or selected by the student.

Assisted by the academic adviser, the student learns:

  • To understand the nature of a liberal arts education;
  • To assess his or her strengths and weaknesses;
  • To formulate educational and career goals;
  • To plan a course of action to achieve those goals.

Career Advising

Rhodes graduates have prominence in their chosen professional fields. The top occupational classifications for graduates are Business, Education (on all levels), Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Public Relations and Writing.

In addition to the programs and services offered by Career Services, students can seek pre-professional advisement from designated faculty advisers.

The academic program at Rhodes offers a variety of courses that may be used as preparation for graduate study or as preparation for particular professional careers. The prerequisites for professional courses of study vary greatly, not only among the various professions but also among individual institutions preparing students for the professions. Therefore, the faculty adviser should be consulted as soon as a student has decided upon aims for the future, in order that the best course of study may be planned according to individual purposes and needs.

In some cases very specific recommendations for pre-professional courses have been developed: Medicine and the Health Sciences, Business, and Law. The advisers named below have this information and should be consulted early in one’s undergraduate work.

Pre-Professional Advisers

  • Accounting: Professor Pam Church
  • Architecture: Professor Ryan Rasmussen
  • Business:
    • Accounting: Professor Pam Church
    • Finance: Professors Pam Church and Jade Planchon
    • Management: Professor Dee Birnbaum
    • Marketing: Professor Sujan Dan
  • Education: Professors Natalie Person and Zachary Casey
  • Engineering: Professor Elizabeth Young
  • Foreign Service: Professor Stephen Ceccoli
  • Health Care Management: Professor Dee Birnbaum
  • Health Professions: Professors Alan Jaslow and Charles Snyder
  • Law: Professor Anna Smith (assisted by Professors Marcus Pohlmann and Tim Huebner)
  • Ministry and Church-Related Professions: Professor Stephen Haynes and Chaplain Lucy Webb
  • Museum Careers: Professors Victor Coonin and David McCarthy
  • Music: Professor Courtenay Harter
  • Public History: Professor Jeffrey Jackson
  • Psychological Services: Professor Rylan Testa
  • Social Services: Professor Thomas McGowan
  • Theatre: Professor Joy Brooke Fairfield
  • Veterinary Medicine: Professor Alan Jaslow

Preparation for Graduate Study

A student who plans to do graduate work leading to one of the advanced academic degrees should confer with the faculty adviser during the student’s first year if possible, and certainly before entering the junior year. The student’s undergraduate program should be planned in such a way as to include a maximum of study in the chosen major field and in related fields without lessening general knowledge of other fields. Since most graduate schools require a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language for all advanced degrees, the faculty adviser of the prospective graduate student should be consulted regarding the most appropriate foreign language(s) as early as possible in the college career.

The prospective graduate student should consider applying for the Honors Program. The Honors Program provides an opportunity to do more independent, intensive, and individual work than can be done in the regular degree programs. The honors work offers an excellent introduction to graduate study as it employs the full resources of library and laboratory, and encourages independent research and study. The Honors Program is more fully described in the section on Opportunities for Individualized Study.

Academic Support

Academic support services are available to all students through the academic advising system, the Counseling Center, individual meetings with faculty members, workshops, and peer tutoring programs. Many of these services are provided or coordinated by the Office of Student Academic Support. Students who find themselves in academic difficulty may receive assistance from a wide variety of programs in such areas as study skills and time management as well as personal academic counseling and assistance to achieve greater academic success.

 




PLEASE NOTE: This document reflects information as it was published in the 2015-16 Rhodes Catalogue. You may find more current information elsewhere on rhodes.edu.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester, 2017

Opening Faculty Meeting

August 16, Wednesday

Orientation for New Students

August 18-22 Friday-Tuesday

*Opening Convocation

August 18, Friday

Classes Begin

August 23, Wednesday

Drop/Add Period Ends

August 29, Tuesday

**Enrollment Clearance Ends

August 29, Tuesday

Extended Drop Period Begins

August 30, Wednesday

Labor Day Recess

September 4, Monday

Pass/Fail Option Ends

September 13, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

Extended Drop Period Ends

September 13, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

Withdraw Period Begins

September 14, Thursday

Last Day to Remove Conditional Grades

September 20, Wednesday

End of First Seven Weeks Classes

October 11, Wednesday

Mid-Term Grades Due

October 13, Friday, 5 p.m.

Fall Recess Begins

October 13, Friday, 10:00 p.m.

Classes Resume

October 18, Wednesday

Spring, 2018, Registration Begins

October 25, Wednesday

Withdraw Period Ends

October 27, Friday, 5:00 p.m. 

Thanksgiving Recess Begins

November 21, Tuesday, 10:00 p.m.

Classes Resume

November 27, Monday

Classes End

December 6, Wednesday, 10:00 p.m.

Reading Day

December 7, Thursday

Final Examinations

December 8-13, Friday-Wednesday

End of Fall Semester

December 13, Wednesday

Final Grades Due

December 15, Friday, 5:00 p.m.

Spring Semester, 2018

Classes Begin

January 10, Wednesday

Martin Luther King Day Observance

January 15, Monday

Drop/Add Period Ends

January 17, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

**Enrollment Clearance Deadline

January 17, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

Extended Drop Period Begins

January 18, Thursday

Pass/Fail Option Ends

January 31, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

Extended Drop Period Ends

January 31, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.

Withdraw Period Begins

February 1, Thursday

Last Day to Remove Conditional Grades

February 7, Wednesday

End of First Seven Weeks Classes

February 28, Wednesday

Mid-Term Grades Due

March 2, Friday, 5:00 p.m.

Spring Recess Begins

March 2, Friday, 10:00 p.m.

Classes Resume

March 12, Monday

Fall 2018 Registration Begins

March 21, Wednesday

Withdraw Period Ends

March 23, Friday

Easter Recess Begins

March 28, Wednesday, 10:00 p.m.

Classes Resume

April 2, Monday

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium

April 27, Friday

*Awards Convocation

April 27, Friday, 9:00 a.m.

Reading Days

April 28, Saturday and May 3, Thursday

Final Examinations

April 30 - May 5, Monday-Saturday

End of Spring Semester

May 5, Saturday

Final Grades Due

May 7, Monday, 9:00 a.m.

*Baccalaureate Service

May 11, Friday, 3:30 p.m.

*Commencement

May 12, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Summer Term, 2018 

Session I Begins

May 14, Monday

Session 1 Add Ends

May 15, Tuesday

Session I Drop and Pass/Fail Ends

May 18, Friday

Memorial Day Holiday, No Classes

May 28, Monday

Session I Withdraw Period Ends

June 1, Friday

Session I Last Day of Classes

June 15, Friday

Session I Final Exams

June 16, Saturday

Session I Final Grades Due

June 18, Monday, Noon

Session II Begins

June 20, Wednesday

Session II Add Ends

June 21, Thursday

Session II Drop and Pass/Fail Ends

June 26, Tuesday

Independence Day Holiday, No Classes

July 4, Wednesday

Session II Withdraw Ends

July 10, Tuesday

Session II Classes End

July 24, Tuesday

Session II Final Exams

July 25, Wednesday

Session II Final Grades Due

July 27, Friday, Noon

Full Session Final Grades Due

August 3, Friday, 5 p.m.

* Formal Academic Occasion
**Required of all students

Campus Regulations

Student Conduct

The College expects all students to conduct themselves as responsible citizens of an academic community. Persistent or extreme departures from this standard will lead to restrictions and may result in suspension or expulsion. Rhodes reserves the right to exclude at any time persons whose conduct is undesirable. In such cases, no refunds of tuition, fees, or room and board will be made, and the College, its students, faculty, administrative judicial committees and officers shall not be under any liability.

The administration of rules pertaining to student behavior is chiefly the responsibility of the Dean of Students, Director of Community Standards, administrative designees, the Honor Council and the Social Regulations Council.

This section of the College Catalogue is intended only to provide a broad overview. The Student Handbook, available on the College web site, contains all policies pertinent to students.

The Honor Council and Social Regulations Council

The students of Rhodes assume responsibility for honorable conduct in campus life. They elect an Honor Council and a Social Regulations Council. Each Council is composed of elected representatives from each of the four classes. The Councils investigate alleged infractions of the Honor and Social Regulations Codes, and enforce regulations with sanctions up to and including expulsion. The decision may be appealed to the Faculty Appeals Committee or a designated Appeals Committee, respectively. These committees may return cases to the appropriate Council for reconsideration, and in that case the Council’s decision is final. Every entering student is expected at the time of matriculation to sign a pledge promising to uphold the Diversity Statement, the Honor Code, and the Social Regulations Code.

Statement on Alcohol Use

A complete description of the Rhodes College Alcohol Policy can be found in the Student Handbook available on the College web site. As a community we embrace the vision of a healthy and balanced social environment, grounded in trust and open communication among faculty, staff, and students. Such an environment fosters personal and community growth and embodies a sense of responsibility and accountability to self and others. This vision depends upon each member's commitment to achieve and maintain inclusiveness, consistency, continual education, and the growth of shared traditions. This is our duty to one another. Rhodes College supports behaviors that are legal, responsible, healthy, and reflective of our community values.

Rhodes is committed to providing the members of its community with factual information about alcohol as well as confidential referrals for professional assistance in the event that it is needed. An awareness of the positive and negative effects of alcohol consumption may assist in efforts to make safe and responsible choices about alcohol. Educational programs are organized and conducted annually to promote continued awareness and encourage an attitude of genuine concern and care for others.

Statement on Drug Use

The possession, use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs, the misuse or abuse of medications or other legal drugs on the Rhodes campus is prohibited. Such conduct:

  • Violates the law;
  • Violates one’s physical and mental health; and,
  • Violates the fabric of the community with serious security risks resulting from dealing with individuals operating outside the law.

The students, faculty and staff of Rhodes, as citizens, are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable state and local laws that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver or manufacture those drugs considered to be controlled substances by the state of Tennessee. Any member of the Rhodes community who violates the law is subject to both prosecution and punishment by civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Rhodes College is committed to providing a working, educational, social, and residential environment for all members of our College community, including all faculty, staff, and students, that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment or assault in any form is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. It is a form of misconduct that undermines the institutional mission of the College. The complete sexual misconduct policy may be found in the Student Handbook.

Fraternization Policy

Rhodes College prohibits romantic, sexual, and exploitative relationships between college employees and students. In the event that any such relationship is reported and confirmed the college employee is subject to employee disciplinary procedures up to and including termination in the case of administrators and staff members, or dismissal for cause in the case of faculty members. There are exceptional circumstances in which the spouse or partner of a college employee is a student at the College. This policy does not apply in such circumstances. The Dean of the College, in consultation with the Director of Human Resources, is the administrative officer who determines whether an exceptional circumstance applies. The complete fraternization policy and employee discipline policy are available in the Student Handbook.

Involuntary Withdrawal or Removal From Campus

The College occasionally faces the problem of students who pose a threat to themselves or others, who are unable to cope, or who create a pattern of extreme disruption. If such behavior constitutes a violation of College rules and regulations, the case will be referred to the Dean of Students or the Dean’s designee for action.

If the student’s behavior occurs without such violation, if the student does not respond to the charges against him or her, or if the student did not know the nature or quality of the conduct in question at the time of occurrence, the Dean of Students will investigate the situation and the effect or the potential effect of the behavior on the student and the College community. The Dean may require a personal interview with the student and/or an evaluation of the student by a qualified professional. The Dean may require an interim removal of the student from campus pending conclusion of the investigation.

If, as a result of this investigation, the Dean of Students determines that the student’s behavior indicates substantial risk of threat to self or others, or that the individual is otherwise unable to fulfill the expectations of a student at Rhodes, the pursuit of professional care or a withdrawal from the College may be recommended. The student will be provided with the option of voluntarily withdrawing from the College for the remainder of the term. If the student refuses to do so, the Dean of Students will consult with other College staff members as deemed appropriate. They will recommend to the Dean of Students a course of action, which may include removal of the student from the College with conditions for readmission. If the student withdraws, he or she may be referred to an appropriate facility for additional assistance. The parents will be notified as soon as possible and must assume responsibility for the student’s care.

Students who leave campus under the above conditions, either voluntarily or involuntarily, may be readmitted to the College only after being cleared by the Dean of Students and, when appropriate, the Committee on Standards and Standing. Permission for readmission will typically be based on the student’s demonstrating a period of responsible behavior outside the College and may require a statement from a physician, psychologist, or other qualified professional that the student is ready to return and cope with college life. Follow-up assessment or services may be required as part of the readmission decision.
Removal of a student from the College will be undertaken only as a last resort. Every effort should be made to help students understand the consequences of their behavior, make responsible decisions, and develop skills that will allow them to remain and function in the Rhodes community.

Students who have voluntarily withdrawn or who have been removed from campus are not allowed to attend class and have no access to the campus or College sanctioned or sponsored events.

Campus Communication

There are two official means of communication on the Rhodes campus: campus mail and e-mail using Rhodes’ accounts. All students, faculty, and staff have a personal e-mail address on the Rhodes e-mail system, and students are expected to check this account on a regular basis.

Most official notices to individuals and to the campus community are sent via e-mail, and such correspondence is considered official. In addition to e-mail, some official notices, communication, and information are sent via campus mail. For this reason, all students are required to maintain a P.O. Box with the mailroom located in Burrow Hall.

Residency Requirement

Living on campus is a vital part of the college experience and aids the student’s adjustment to college. Therefore, all first-time first year students at Rhodes must live on campus for their first two full academic years. Transfer students must live in College housing until they have completed two full academic years; previous enrollment at other institutions counts toward fulfilling this requirement.

Exchange students must reside in College housing for the duration of their enrollment at Rhodes.

All rising sophomore resident students are expected to participate in the housing lottery process to comply with the residency requirement. In the event that a student does not participate in housing lottery, a space will be selected for the student by the Director of Residence Life. The student will be notified of the room and meal plan assignment in writing.

Services for Students With Disabilities

Rhodes is committed to ensuring that educational programs are accessible to all qualified students in accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and expanded by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). To guard against discrimination on the basis of disability, reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids are determined on a case-by-case basis for students who have a demonstrated need for these services. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate any request for accommodation due to a qualifying disability. Prospective students with questions about special needs or accommodations should contact the Office of Admissions.

Once students are enrolled, the Director of Student Disability Services is the point of contact for students with physical, psychological, learning and attentional disabilities. The Director of Student Disability Services confers with students on an individual basis, then together with the Disability Support Committee, determines appropriate accommodations and identifies needed resources. Accommodations are designed to meet the student’s needs without fundamentally altering the nature of the College’s instructional programs and are determined on an individual basis. Since arrangements for reasonable accommodations may require several weeks of preparation, students who have been admitted to the College and who wish to request special services should contact the Director of Student Disability Services as soon as possible after admission.

Students with disabilities who seek accommodations from Rhodes must submit current, comprehensive documentation from a certified professional to the Director of Student Disability Services. This documentation will be used as a guide to develop an appropriate and supportive plan for the student. The Disability Support Committee will use this documentation as a guide to develop an appropriate and supportive plan for the student. Documentation requirements and additional information on services provided by the College to enrolled students with disabilities are available in the Student Disability Services Office and online at www.rhodes.edu/disability.