The 1st Year Experience Program

All first year students enter Rust College through the First Year Experience Program (FYEP). The purpose of the FYEP is to further the goals of Rust College by providing a quality program of general education which meets the needs of students at different levels of ability and academic preparation.

The FYEP is committed to offering students academic learning experiences that will prepare them for successful undergraduate academic careers culminating in a baccalaureate degree from Rust College. The primary goals of the program are to provide academic and retention programs to new students that promote intellectual and social development leading to academic success. These goals are accomplished through assessment and placement based on students' individual needs and academic preparation.

Thus, the FYEP provides academic support and instructional services to include counseling, tutoring and advisement that will maximize retention and promote successful achievement in college. All first year students must complete a general education program consisting of 49 hours of requirements in the humanities, natural sciences, and social science divisions.

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ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment

ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology to tests students’ knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Questions are presented based on students skills level and each question drives the difficulty level of the next question. These tests help identify student’s strengths and needs in each subject area in order to better advise students for course placement.

You are exempted from taking the ACCUPLACER assessment in English, reading, and mathematics if you satisfy the following:
• High school students with at least a 2.7 GPA and 16 ACT score
• Transfer students with at least 15 transferable college credit hours
• International students and
• GED students.

Academic Skills Program

The Academic Skills Program (ASP) helps students who have been admitted to Rust College but need more college readiness preparation. The program is designed to prepare students in the areas of basic mathematics, writing and reading.

The courses are sequenced to equip students with the appropriate learning skills to enter the general education college level program. A student must demonstrate a mastery of course content as measured on the TABE post-exam in order to earn a passing grade in these courses. ASP courses do not count toward any degree or graduation and are not transferable.

Academic Skills Courses

ENG 121 - Basic Writing
REA 121 – Foundations of College Reading
MAT 121 - Basic Math


Students are required to attend all classes, labs and tutorial sessions. Only official institutional excuses or doctors' letters will serve as excused absences. Any student missing more than 10% of class meetings, including lab sessions, will not be eligible to receive grades of A, B or C. This also applies to students who do not make up missed tutorial sessions and assignments.

Students are required to make up all work missed due to an excused absence.

GradesFirst System

The GradesFirst program is designed to monitor student absences in freshman classes on a daily basis. Students who miss a class are contacted immediately by text message and/or email, must report to their freshmen counselor. Students who are continually absent are contacted at home by post card and an appointment is made to see their FYEP counselor immediately to address the problem.  

Academic Advisement

In collaboration with the various academic departments, the area of Academic Affairs offers a program of academic advisement. The objectives of the academic advisement program are to help students in planning their academic program according to their needs and interests and to guide them in fulfilling all requirements for graduation. First Year students are assigned to FYEP counselors who also serve as advisors. After the first year, students are assigned faculty advisors from divisions representing their chosen area of study.

First Year General Education Curriculum

ENG 134 Composition I (Prerequisite: Passing score on TABE or ENG 121-- Must pass with "C" or higher)

ENG 136 Composition II (Prerequisite ENG 134 – Must pass with "C" or higher)

*MATH 130 Intermediate Algebra (Prerequisite: Passing score on TABE or MATH 121—must pass with "C" or higher)

*MATH 131 Quantitative Reasoning (Prerequisite:MATH 130)

**MATH 132 College Algebra (Required for Science/Math and Business majors)

**MATH 133 Geometry and Trigonometry (Required for Science/Math majors)

HIST 133 African Diaspora I

HIST 134 African Diaspora II

SOS 231 Introduction to Social Science

BIOL 130 Biological Science/with Lab

PSC 133 Physical Science / with Lab

SPCH 130 Fundamentals of Speech
DRM 230/233 Acting I/Acting II
DRM 235 Introduction to Theater

CMS 133 Introduction to Personal Computers
BCI 230 Basic Computers Concepts

PHED 111/112 Physical Activities

AEP 111/112 Academic Enrichment Program

ORT 111/112 College Orientation

*Non Science and Non-Business majors may take any two of the above mathematics courses
** Requirements for Science and Business Majors