Rust College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Rust College Science Center
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Rust College Admissions Overview:

Rust College has an acceptance rate of 47%, which may seem a bit intimidating to applicants. Still, those with good grades and solid test scores have a good chance of being admitted to the school. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, along with high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or ACT, and letters of recommendation. If you have any questions about applying, be sure to visit the school's website. And, if you have any problems, you can always contact the admissions office at Rust College for assistance. Students are encouraged to visit the campus, to see if the school would be a good match for them.

Admissions Data (2016):

Rust College Description:

Founded in 1866, Rust College is a private, four-year college located in Holly Springs, a small city in northern Mississippi about 35 miles from Memphis, Tennessee. Rust is a historically Black college that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college has about 1000 students who are supported by an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Rust offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in 22 areas of study. Students stay involved outside of the classroom, and the college has intramural sports, fraternities and sororities, an aquatic center, a movie theater, a student REC center, and a dance room. The World Famous Rust College A’Cappella Choir has done tours through the American Midwest, South, and even Zimbabwe. The Rust College Bearcats compete in intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division III level. The college fields teams for sports including track and field, cross country, tennis, soccer, fast-pitch softball, volleyball, and cheerleading.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,005 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,500
  • Books: $250 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $4,100
  • Other Expenses: $2,250
  • Total Cost: $16,100

Rust College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 78%
    • Loans: 71%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,733
    • Loans: $5,627

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Broadcast Journalism, Business Administration, Childcare Management, Computer Science, Mathematics, Social Work

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 62%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 15%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 25%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 33%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Tennis, Baseball, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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