Rust College Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 150 Rust Avenue
City Holy Springs
State Mississipppi
Zip 38635
Phone 662-252-8000
Total Enrollment 900
Motto By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location Located in Holly Springs, a small town in northern Mississippi, Rust College is 40 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, and 54 miles northwest of Tupelo, Mississippi. Within an hourís drive, students can find a variety of cultural and entertainment activities in these two cities.
History Rust College is a private, four-year, coed college, founded in 1866 by the Freedmanís Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It is the oldest historically black college in Mississippi. Rust began as Shaw School and was chartered in 1870 as Shaw University, in honor of Reverend S. O. Shaw. It originally provided elementary education; later, high school and college courses were added. In 1878, the College graduated its first 2 students. Shaw University became Rust University in 1892 to eliminate confusion with another school of the same name. In 1915, the name Rust College was adopted to more accurately reflect the scope of programs. The elementary and secondary programs were discontinued in 1930 and 1953, respectively. As a private, church-related school, Rust College works to heighten each studentís moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social growth. Rustís first president, Reverend A. C. McDonald, created the schoolís motto "By their fruits ye shall know them." More than thirty buildings grace the rural 120-acre campus, including the original 1867 building, Oakview Mansion, which is now a dormitory for women. The Leontyne Price Library, named for the Metropolitan Opera star, was one of eight major building projects completed between 1967 and 1974. An aggressive construction program has continued into the 1990s, with the Ervin "Magic" Johnson Sports Arena completed in 1992.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation Rust is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Associate in Science degrees.
Costs per Year 2002-03 tuition: $5600 Room and board: $1071 (room); $1325 (board) Special fees: $552 Books: $700 Estimated total cost: $9248
In State Tuition 5600
Out of State Tuition 5600
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 98 Financial Aid Specific to the School The Army ROTC program offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships that pay tuition, books, fees, other expenses and a monthly stipend.
Financial-Aid Deadline May 1 (fall); August 15 (spring).
Admission Deadline Rolling admissions; August 15 (preferred); January (Spring); April (Summer).
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of the following 16 units: 4 English, 3 social studies, 3 mathematics, 2 natural sciences, and 4 electives. Two letters of recommendation are required, with one from the school principal or counselor. A medical exam is required. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required. Admission Application Deadline: Rolling admissions; August 15 (preferred); January (Spring); April (Summer). Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635; Telephone: 662-252-8000 Ext. 4065; 888-886-8492 (toll-free); 662-252-8895 (fax).
Graduation Requirements Bachelor's: 124 semester hours, including core requirements, with a 2.0 minimum GPA; must be a full-time student for at least two semesters; last 30 semester hours must be completed at Rust College, including one third of the courses in the major area of study. Associate: 63 semester hours, including core requirements, with a 2.0 minimum GPA; must be a full-time student for at least one semester; last 15 semester hours must be completed at Rust College.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 900 In-state: 751 CLASS OF 2000-01 PROFILE Median ACT score: 16 Average high school GPA: 2.5
Diversity 39
Student Life Campus Regulations: All students are encouraged to live on campus. Exceptions are made for married students and local students within commuting distance. Campus Services: Health center, guidance and counseling, student employment, career placement, testing, remedial assistance, and religious services (including chapel). Campus Activities: Social and group activities include theater, band, chorale, and dance. Cultural activities on and off campus include music, book reviews, plays, and lectures. Assembly programs offer entertainment and spiritual enrichment. Students may get involved with the student newspaper, the Rustorian, or join the Bearcat yearbook staff. Communication majors may work in the campus radio station (WURC-FM) or the television station (RC-TV2). Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government Association, the NAACP, the International Students Association, the Honors Council and many other student groups. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma. Four honor societies are also represented on campus. Housing Availability: 856 housing spaces; five dormitories. All students are encouraged to live on campus. Exceptions are made for married students and students within commuting distance.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 67 Student-teacher ratio: 18:1 Full-time faculty members: 53 Part-time faculty members: 14
Athletic Program Rust College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Division III, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, cross-country, tennis, and track and field; womenís basketball, cross-country, tennis, and track and field. Intramural Sports: archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Athletic Director, Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635; Telephone: 601-252-8000 Ext. 4402 or 888-886-8492 Ext. 4402 (toll-free).
School Calender August-April 25 (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: April One summer session.
Degrees Associate in Science: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Secretarial Science Bachelor of Arts: Economics, English, English/Prelaw, History, Journalism, Music/Media, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Television and Radio Broadcasting Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Biology, Business Education, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Science/Natural Science, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Health-Physical Education and Recreation, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Technology (collaborative), Nursing
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