Rust College

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150 Rust Avenue

Holly Springs, MS 38635

Phone: (662) 252-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Rust College is a private institution that was founded in 1866. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 934, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 126 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rust College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $8,900 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Rust College is a historically Black, co-educational, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedman's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The College is related to the United Methodist Church, and dedicated to serve students with a variety of academic preparations, through instruction in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, business, technology and education. Rust College recognizes the three-fold functions of education as being teaching, research and community service. Its primary mission however, is teaching. It offers a well-rounded program designed to acquaint students with cultural, moral, and spiritual values, both in theory and in practice. Rust College provides an opportunity for education to all, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethnic background.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1866
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $22,214,450


When applying to Rust College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Rust College is $10. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 32.8 percent.

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Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 32.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rust College is 18:1. The most popular majors at Rust College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Broadcast Journalism; Child Care and Support Services Management; and Social Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 56.5 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 17%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 31%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 30%
Broadcast Journalism 12%
Child Care and Support Services Management 6%
Social Sciences, General 6%

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Student Life

Rust College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 934, with a gender distribution of 36.8 percent male students and 63.2 percent female students. Rust College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 934
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Rust College offers a number of student services including day care and health service. Rust College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rust College, 24 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Rust College.

Students who have cars on campus 24%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $8,900 (2013-14)
Room and board $4,000 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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