Rust College

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School Overview

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.

Rust College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, MS 38635
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 738
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 39%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 738 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,900
Out-of-state Tuition: $9,900
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,349

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Rust College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Rust College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 14
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Physical Sciences 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 3
Grand total 216

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Rust College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,900
Out-of-state $9,900
Books and supplies $250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 250 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 250 100% $6,349
Student loan aid 208 83% $6,086

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 836 99% $7,240
Federal student loans 718 85% $6,378

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Rust College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Rust College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,852 1,764 3,088
Percent admitted 100% 47% 52%
Percent admitted who enrolled 4% 5% 4%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Rust College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 738
Undergraduate enrollment 738
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Rust College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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