Rust College

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Rust College is a private, four-year liberal arts higher education institution in Holly Springs – a city located in the state of Mississippi just 30 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. Rust is a historically black college that is affiliated with the Methodist Church. It was founded in 1968, is the second-oldest private college in Mississippi, and one of oldest historically black colleges in the United States.


The college is divided into five academic divisions, which include the Division of Humanities, Division of Business, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Education, and Division of Science and Mathematics. Through its academic divisions, Rust College awards two-year associate’s and four-year bachelor’s degrees in various fields of study, such a business, humanities, education, and sciences, among many others. The most popular fields of study at Rust are business administration, biology, computer science, and general studies.

With an admissions rate of 25%, Rust is considered a fairly selective college. The U.S. News & World Report categorizes Rust as a “less selective” higher education institution. The college has total an annual enrollment of just 1,200 students and has a student-to-faculty ration of roughly 19:1. About half of Rust professors have either Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field of expertise.


Rust’s main campus (and only campus) is located in Holly Springs. Even though the city is located in Mississippi, it lies within the Memphis, Tennessee metro area. Many of the school’s students come from both Mississippi and Tennessee. Most students at Rust live in on-campus housing. The college has 5 student dormitories which house up to 900 students. Each dorm is gender specific.


Student athletes and sports teams at Rust are collectively known as the “Bearcats”. The college competes as an independent member in the National College Athletic Association’s Divisions III. Sports offered at Rust include baseball (men only), softball (women only), basketball, cross country, tennis, track & field and volley ball.

General Information

Admission Office

150 Rust Avenue

Holly Springs, MS 38635-2328

(662) 252-8000

(888) 886-8492

Fax: (662) 252-8895

Contact: Johnny McDonald

Director of Enrollment Services
Main Address

150 Rust Avenue

Holly Springs, MS 38635

(662) 252-8000

Degree-seeking undergrads: 967


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $10
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 40%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management A,B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education A
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management B


Mathematics – General B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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