Rust College: Narrative Description

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150 Rust Ave.
Holly Springs, MS 38635-2328
Tel: (662)252-8000; 888-886-8492
Admissions: (601)252-8000
Fax: (662)252-6107
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1866. Setting: 126-acre rural campus with easy access to Memphis. Endowment: $19 million. Research spending 2003-04: $400. Educational spending 2003-04: $3081 per student. Total enrollment: 1,001. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 839 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 162 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 7 other countries, 31% from out-of-state, 93% black, 6% international, 27% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: computer/information sciences; biological/life sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, ACT. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: 7/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. Comprehensive fee: $8660 includes full-time tuition ($6000), mandatory fees ($60), and college room and board ($2600). College room only: $1162. Part-time tuition: $260 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 32 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Founders' Day, Commencement, Career Day. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 856 college housing spaces available; 651 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Leontyne Price Library with 123,055 books, 340 serials, 1,448 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $408,633. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A typical antebellum town, Holly Springs grew up during the great cotton boom before the Civil War. The fine old mansions and churches of the town reflect the prosperity of the cotton era. There are shopping areas in nearby Memphis. No part-time employment is available for students.

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