Rust College

Rust College

Rust College was founded by the Freedman's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church on November 24, 1866. It was named Shaw University in 1870, and given its current name in 1915. This historically Black, coeducational, private, liberal arts college sits on a 126-acre campus in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Rust College offers Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work degree programs. Students can choose from over 15 courses, which are offered through the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Business
  • Division of Education
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Science and Mathematics
  • Division of Social Science

Students can participate in intercollegiate sports like basketball, volleyball, cross country, baseball, tennis, track and field, softball, and soccer. Rust College is also home to several Greek societies, including Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Zeta Phi Beta.

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Rust College
150 Rust Ave
Holly Springs , MS 38635
General Phone: (601) 252-8000

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Rust College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Science28biology, chemistry
Liberal Arts27English language and literature, social services, political science, sociology
Computer Science and Engineering18computer science
Family and Social Work17child care management, social work
Media12journalism, broadcast journalism
Business and Management11business management
Education and Teaching9elementary school teaching, early childhood education, English teaching, math teaching, social science teaching, biology teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1parks and recreation management

Number of programs and degrees for Rust College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree11920
Associate's degree52

Rust College Student Body

Rust College is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Rust College had a total enrollment of 979 students (897 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 33%
Women 67%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 2%
Black 93%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 26%
20-21 24%
22-24 19%
25-29 5%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Rust College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %

Rust College Room and Board (2007)

Rust College offers campus housing for 863 of its 897 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Holly Springs, Mississippi for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Mississippi Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Rust College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1216
ACT Math1417
ACT Composite1417

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT75%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Rust College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,000
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,000
Room and board $ 3,120
Books and supplies $ 250
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
Rust College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 243300)

Rust College Faculty

Rust College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2520

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$48,4762*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year3$48,3832*
Associate professoracademic year6$41,2184$40,182
Assistant professoracademic year6$39,4423$37,000
Instructoracademic year6$40,8339$35,778
All faculty totalacademic year21$41,62418$38,655

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Rust College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Independent Mid-South Region
Baseball Independent Mid-South Region
Track Independent Mid-South Region

Rust College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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