Rhodes College rakes in praises, honors

The Paul Barrett Jr. Library at Rhodes College in Memphis opened in August 2005. The facility, equipped for both wireless and wired technology, features a 24-hour study space and group study rooms, along with facilities for study and library collections. Also included in the Barret Library are areas for peer-tutoring and writing assistance, computer laboratories, the Digital Media Lab and Media Center. Photo by Ed Uthman via Flickr.com; some rights reserved.

Rhodes College in Memphis has received multiple national recognitions recently, including:

  • A feature in The Princeton Review’s most recent college guide, “The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition” with a ranking of No. 10 for Most Accessible Professors and No. 16 for Students Most Engaged in Community Service
  • Inclusion in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the 50 most beautiful college campuses in America
  • A feature story in the “Fisk Guide to Colleges 2019”

“We picked the 384 ‘best’ colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics; we highly recommend each one,” says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief.

Rankings in the guide are based on surveys of 138,000 students, and reflect what students have say about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and student life.

Editors of “Condé Nast Traveler,” a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, wrote about Rhodes’ commitment to collegiate Gothic architecture, “You feel like you could be at a castle, rather than a college.” Several of Rhodes’ buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and the oak trees on campus were grown from seedlings taken from the school’s original location in Clarksville, Tenn.

The “Fisk Guide to Colleges in 2019” includes profiles of more than 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges in the country. Rhodes also made the guide’s listings of small colleges and universities strong in international studies and in business.

In its profile of Rhodes, the guide quotes students as saying:

  • “The academic climate at Rhodes is “demanding and challenging.”
  • “Professors expect quality contributions.”
  • “The Rhodes community is incredibly friendly and helpful.”