Rhodes Captures Spot on “Most Beautiful Colleges” List

A beautiful Collegiate Gothic college campus at sunrise.

Rhodes is No. 21 on Architectural Digest’s recently released list of “The 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America.” The magazine, which features the work of top architects and designers, notes the college’s “beautiful wooded campus with uniformly Collegiate Gothic buildings made of Arkansas sandstone, Vermont slate, and Indiana limestone.”

“We’ve gone across the country to find the most beautiful college campuses in the United States, taking into consideration both architectural legacy and setting,” writes Architectural Digest writer Stefanie Waldek.

The focus on the campus environment began with Dr. Charles Diehl, the president who moved the college to Memphis in 1925. Several of Rhodes’ buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and majestic oak trees, grown from seedlings taken from the school’s original location in Clarksville, TN, are part of the campus landscape.

“I am so pleased that Rhodes received this notable recognition from Architectural Digest, and I am very grateful for the dedicated Physical Plant staff who work tirelessly to make our campus such a beautiful place," says Brian Foshee, director of physical plant.

Rhodes has also recently appeared on Condé Nast Traveler's list of "Most Beautiful Campuses in America" and Forbes' list of "Most Beautiful Colleges Campuses."