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Rust College, located in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is the oldest of the eleven historically black colleges in the United States. Rust College was founded in 1866, and is the second institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. Rust College is a private liberal arts college, providing quality education a variety of fields. The school is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church and was founded on a grant by the Freedman's Aid Society of the church.
Rust College provides study in 16 areas, available under five divisions: Business, Education, Humanities, Science & Mathematics, and Social Science. The school offers both majors and minors, and encourages students through pre-professional programs designed to prepare students for a graduate education. The school grants either an associate or bachelor degrees upon completion of a given program.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrolling at Rust College must have a reasonable GPA, ACT score, and have graduated from a high school accredited by a state or regional agency. Applying students must provide transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an immunization shot record. Applications will be evaluated when received and a response in regards to admissions will be sent once the review is completed. Financial aid is available in the form of state and federal grants, scholarships and loans. Students interested in receiving financial aid should contact the Rust College's financial aid department.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants Rust College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Rust College is about 860. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 28% enrolling as graduate students and 100% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $9,500-$11,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- For part-time students, charges are between $400-$480 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||99%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||99%||$5,836|
|Receiving Student Loans||98%||$5,157|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, Rust College may provide student services like:
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Assisting students to find work
The overall graduation rate of Rust College is close to 20%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||12%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||7%|
Rust College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Independent Mid-South Region)
- Basketball (Independent Mid-South Region)
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Mathematics and Statistics
Public Administration and Social Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Rust College for official up-to-date information.