Location & Contact Information

150 Rust Avenue
Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635-2328
Main Phone: (662) 252-8000 or (888) 886-8469, Exts. 4059
Main Contact: JoAnn Scott

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Rust College

     RUST COLLEGE is a historically Black, coeducational, 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 serving students with a variety of academic preparations, through instruction in the humanities, social behavior sciences, natural science, business, technology and education.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 988
Graduate Population: 0
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $8100
Out of State Tuition: $8100
Room & Board: $3700
Applications Due: May 15th ($10)
Mascot: Bearcats
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 39%
Percent Women: 61%
Majors Offered

Arts, Visual & Performing
•Music - General

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Business, Management, & Marketing
•Business Administration/Management

Communications & Journalism
•Broadcast Journalism

Computer & Information Sciences
•Computer Science

•Biology Teacher Education
•Business Teacher Education
•Early Childhood Education
•Elementary Education
•English Teacher Education
•Mathematics Education
•Social Science Teacher Education

English Language & Literature
•English Language & Literature - General

Family & Consumer Sciences
•Child Care Management

•Mathematics - General

Physical Sciences

Public Administration & Services
•Social Work

Social Sciences
•Political Science/Government
•Social Sciences - General

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Concert Band, Fraternities, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Radio Station, Sororities, Student Newspaper
College History
     Rust College is an accredited four year, co-educational, liberal arts college. It is the oldest of the eleven Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the second oldest private college in Mississippi, the oldest historically Black College in the State, and one of the remaining five historically Black Colleges in America founded before 1867.
      RUST COLLEGE was established in 1866 by the Freedman's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal church. The founders were missionaries from the North who opened a school in Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, where Moses Adams, a local Negro preacher was pastor. The school accepted adults of all ages, as well as children, for instruction in elementary subjects. A year later the first building on the present campus was erected.
     In 1870, the school was chartered as Shaw University, honoring the Reverend S.O. Shaw, who made a gift of $10,000 to the new institution. In 1882, the name was changed to Rust University. The name is a tribute to Richard S. Rust of Cincinnati, Ohio, Secretary of the Freedman's Aid Society. In 1915, the title was changed to a more realistic name, Rust College.
     As students progressed, high school and college courses were added to the curriculum, and in 1878 two students were graduated from the college department. As public schools for Negroes became more widespread the need for private schools decreased, and in 1930 the grade school was discontinued. The high school continued to function until 1953.
      A significant change in the administration of the institution took place in 1920 when Dr. M.S. Davage became president, the first Negro to hold that position. Dr. L. M. McCoy, his successor, was the first alumnus to serve his Alma Mater as president. He was followed in 1957 by Dr. Earnest A. Smith, an alumnus, class of 1937. In 1967, Dr. William A. McMillan, a non-alumnus assumed the presidency. In 1993, Dr. David L. Beckley, an alumnus, class of 1967, became the eleventh president of Rust College.
     Among approximately 20,000 former students of Rust College, many completed only their elementary or secondary education. However, more than 5,500 have graduated from the college department. Among these alumni are bishops of the United Methodist Church and other Church denominations, public school teachers and administrators, college presidents, lawyers, physicians, businessmen, government leaders and ministers.
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News and Upcoming Events at Rust College

Rust College Announces $3 Million Challenge
Dr. David L. Beckley, president of Rust College announced the receipt of a $3 million Challenge gift. Beckley indicated that the gift is from an anon ...
Former Rust College president dies
Former Rust College President Earnest Smith, who served from 1957 to 1967, died today in Yazoo City after a brief illness. “Dr. Smith served Rust a ...
World Renowned Rust College Acappella Choir Christmas Concert December 11, 2011
The world famous Rust College A’Cappella Choir will host its annual Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 11, 2011, under the direction of Ms. Dorothy L ...
Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Held at Rust College
Members, friends, and the community of the Marshall County Branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) gathered Sa ...
Rust College Ready for Annual Founders’ Celebration
Rust College is gearing up for its 145th Founders’ Week, beginning November 6, 2011 The annual bell-ringing ceremony will begin the Founders’ week ...
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