How do I make my Enrollment Deposit?
To make your enrollment deposit, use your email and password to access your Rhodes Admission portal. Once you are in the portal, you will see prompts allowing you to do the following:
- Complete the Enrollment Commitment form.
- Submit your $500 enrollment deposit. This non-refundable deposit is credited to your Rhodes Student Account and will go towards tuition costs once you enroll.
We understand the increased uncertainty as you decide where to attend college this year. Students may choose to deposit after May 1, and if we have space in the class at that time, we will be happy to welcome the student to our class. However, we cannot guarantee or hold a space in the class after May 1.
Otherwise, requests for extensions due to extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to your admission counselor if you wish to discuss.
Is it possible to make one last visit to campus?
Unfortunately, the campus is closed. We can make arrangements for admitted seniors and their families to drive through campus for a look, but we will not have campus tour guides. Please understand that almost all of our students have gone home and our faculty and staff are largely working from home. Please contact your your admission counselor to make arrangements with our Campus Safety office.
We hope you will take advantage of all the virtual visit opportunities to get to know the Rhodes community. Your admission counselor can connect you to any resources you need to make an informed decision to join the Class of 2024.
How does financial aid work once I enroll?
Your financial aid package is still yours each year for four years. Scholarships are renewed each year for four years, so long as you are enrolled full time and maintain a minimum GPA (which varies by scholarship between 2.0 and 3.0). Need-based Rhodes grants remain constant throughout your tenure at Rhodes, unless extreme changes to a family’s financial circumstances necessitate reevaluation.
If your family’s financial situation has recently changed and you wish to be re-evaluated for need based financial aid, please contact your admission counselor to discuss next steps.
See the College Catalogue for details.
What is Rhodes’ position on taking gap year and deferring enrollment?
If you wish to request to defer your admission to Rhodes, we require a student to submit a plan for your time away to your admission counselor. Upon approval, a student will need to submit a $1000 enrollment deposit in your Rhodes portal to save your place in the Class of 2025. Merit scholarships, if applicable, will remain the same when you return. Need-based aid could differ depending on your updated FAFSA and CSS Profile.
Under normal circumstances, gap year experiences can be a wonderful opportunity for a student. However, we caution that this year many of those experiences may be cancelled or more difficult to access. Your first year of college may not start the way you always imagined, but we recommend you consider starting it with your classmates anyway. Sharing the experience with them will help you bond and get through the next year together.
Will Rhodes accept modified AP/IB/Cambridge exams?
Rhodes will still award credit for AP, IB, and Cambridge exam scores, even if the tests are modified or administered remotely this year. In general, Rhodes will grant AP and course credit for AP scores of 4 or 5; IB HL scores of 5, 6, or 7; and Cambridge scores above a C. Certain AP scores of 5 and IB HL scores of 6 or 7 may be used to satisfy specific Foundation requirements.
There are exceptions. You can see exactly which score on which exam will give you credit for which class here.
How do I demonstrate that I completed high school this year?
We’ll still ask you to submit your final transcript, but we understand you’re completing your senior year under very different circumstances than you began it. Just do your best to prepare for the rigor of the Rhodes classroom next fall.
If your high school has modified grading policies or graduation requirements due to COVID-19, we will typically defer to what they have decided to implement. At this point, we do not anticipate any school situations that would prevent you from enrolling at Rhodes.
Want more fine print? Peruse all our policies in the College Catalogue.
What is the plan for the coming fall semester?
For an extensive statement of our plans, please refer to this link. We anticipate beginning classes on August 26th on campus. However, we are actively planning for various scenarios doing so on all fronts.
In sum, our guiding principles are the following:
- Keep health and safety concerns of student, faculty and staff at the forefront of our decision making.
- Maintain academic excellence and overall quality of the Rhodes student experience.
- Maintain the strength and quality of our faculty and staff.
- Maintain our institutional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Continue to build a strong Rhodes for the future.
We are consulting with major medical centers in Memphis and anticipate implementing a variety of strategies that may include frequent testing, hygiene requirements, limits on large group gatherings, quarantine space, and social distancing in classroom and residence halls.