Rhodes Scholars by College

Reed College hits above its weight when it comes to the number of Rhodes Scholars the small liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon boasts among its alumni.

Curious which of America’s highly selective universities boasts the most Rhodes Scholars? We know you woke up this morning with this exact question on your minds. Well, wonder no more as we’ve got answers for you. So which school takes the grand prize for most Rhodes Scholars between the years of 1904 and 2020? Look no further than…Harvard University with 369 Rhodes Scholars. We know. Not so shocking. The runner up? Yale University with 252 Rhodes Scholars. Taking bronze? Princeton University with 215 Rhodes Scholars.

Rounding out the list of schools with 20 or more Rhodes Scholars between 1904 – 2020 after Harvard, Yale, and Princeton are: Stanford University (102), U.S. Military Academy (94), Dartmouth College (64), Brown University (57), University of Virginia (54), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (52), University of Chicago (51), U.S. Naval Academy (48), Duke University (47), University of North Carolina (44), U.S. Air Force Academy (41), University of Washington (37), Williams College (35), Reed College (32), Cornell University (31), University of Oklahoma (33), University of Wisconsin (32), University of Texas at Austin (29), Washington University in St. Louis (29), Swarthmore College (28), Columbia University (27), University of Montana (27), Vanderbilt University (27), University of Mississippi (27), University of Michigan (27), University of Kansas (27), Sewanee: The University of the South (26), Georgetown University (25), University of Arizona (25), University of California – Berkeley (24), University of Georgia (24), West Virginia University (24), University of Minnesota (24), Davidson College (23), University of Pennsylvania (23), Bowdoin College (22), University of Nebraska (22), University of Utah (22), Johns Hopkins University (21), University of Colorado (21), Amherst College (20), Haverford College (20), University of Idaho (20), and University of Iowa (20).

So each of the eight Ivy League institutions boasts at least 23 Rhodes Scholars in history (UPenn brings up the rear for the Ancient Eight). It’s also not too surprising that many of our nation’s largest public universities make the cut as well (and not just the highly selective ones like UMichigan and UVA). There are just so many students at these schools (e.g., University of Kansas, University of Arizona), especially compared to some of these smaller schools like Reed College and Davidson College. Reed College, in particular, is really hitting above its weight, which should fill the institution with pride. And Sewanee: The University of the South? We’ve never even heard of that one. Apparently it’s in Sewanee, Tennessee. Who knew?


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  • John Knox says:

    Those who are familiar with higher education in the South, and nationally, are quite aware of The University of the South, i.e., Sewanee. American literature fans know that the Sewanee Review is the oldest literary journal in the nation, and that the Sewanee Writers’ Conference is internationally renowned. Sewanee is routinely in the lists of the top-50 national liberal arts colleges, too, so it’s not a secret. Like Reed, it has an enrollment of about 1,500 students, so Sewanee too is “really hitting above its weight.”

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