Rust College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Rust College

Rust College is a private, four-year institution situated in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Rust is an HBCU that is associated with the United Methodist Church. The institution has a large selection of 22 undergraduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. The Rust College Bearcats play in intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division III level.


  • Total Enrollment: 846 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male/59% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,900
  • Books: $250
  • Room and Board: $4,300
  • Other Expenses: $2,250
  • Total Cost: $16,700

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 83%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,733
    • Loans: $6,199

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Public Administration and Social Service Professions; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 49%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 15%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 30%

NCAA Athletic Programs

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

Overview of Rust College Admissions

Rust College has an acceptance rate of 53%, which may seem a bit intimidating to applicants. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps’ application process. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Rust College Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 370/410
    • SAT Math: 360/480
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 13/17
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Rust College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Rust College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Medgar Evers College (City University of New York), Central State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Paine College, Lane College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Rust College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Cheyney University, Pine Manor College, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Wiley College, Albany State University, Livingstone College

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Rust College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Albertus Magnus College, Texas Southern University, California State University Dominguez Hills, Virginia State University, Jackon State University, Florida A&M

Applying to Rust College

Application Deadline: Rolling

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