Charter Date: 
Chartered on: 10 May 2001

This chapter was chartered at a special ceremony in the 1820 Settlers National Monument in Grahamstown.
Rhodes owes its unique character among South African universities to a combination of factors some historical, some geographical, some cultural and some architectural. An important influence in this respect is the University's smallness which, together with its residence system, allows unusually close contact between students and their lecturers, in surroundings that foster fellowship and learning.  
Over the years the campus has grown - today there are about 150 buildings, including 39 residences.

Golden Key Highlights
- The Mail & Guardian of 2 August 2014 reported on Grace Ngubeni, currently working on an MSc in physical chemistry being awarded a 2014 TATA scholarship.  She became a Golden Key Member in 2010, received a Trojan Academic Initiative award in 2011 and funding for her honours degree from the National Research Foundation and the Professional Provident Society in 2013.