Rhodes Nabs Spot On Another List Of The Country’s Best Colleges

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(Memphis) Rhodes College received another distinction as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation.

The college finished 54th in a U.S. News and World report ranking of the best colleges in the country.

"I don't feel like a lot of people know about our school. I really like our school and I'm from Washington D.C. and nobody had heard of it at all," said Rhodes junior Emma Gotbaum.

That hasn't stopped Rhodes scoring high marks on some prestigious honor rolls.

Consider its national recognition: Rhodes placed 16th on Washington Monthly's list of top liberal arts colleges in Amercia.

The magazine also named Rhodes the third most service-oriented college.

The Princeton Review says it's the fifth most beautiful campus.

The 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges named it a best-buy school -- one of 41 colleges nationwide.

"A lot of it has to do with the talented students we bring from all over the country, which is something we're really proud of the national reputation that we have," said Russ Wigginton, vice president of external programs for Rhodes.

He says one of the big attractions Rhodes offers, besides academics, keeping freshmen at the school and high graduation rates, is its location in Memphis.

"Young people today, talented young people, get excited about the possibility of being in such a complicated, vibrant and dynamic community like Memphis," Wiggington said.