Rust College

150 Rust Ave, Holly Springs, MS

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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

Student Enrollment

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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid99%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships99%$5,836
Receiving Student Loans98%$5,157
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To 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

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Rust College is close to 20%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years12%
Graduating in 5 Years7%

Intercollegiate Athletics

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)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

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.

Get more information about the programs offered by Rust College by clicking the request information to the right.

(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

Physical Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Data Disclaimer

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.

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

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