The First Year Experience

12 Questions Every New Student Should Know
About Academics at Rust College

1. What is the Rust College module system?

At Rust College, the semester is divided into two eight week sessions. Therefore, students attend classes for eight weeks. At the end of the sessions, students are given a final exam in each of their courses.

Fall Semester = Modules 1 and 2
Spring Semester = Modules 3 and 4
Summer School = Module 5

2. Are there any freshman courses offered on the semester basis?

Yes, College Orientation 111 and 112, Physical Activities 111 and 112, and Academic Enrichment 111 and 112 are all offered on the semester basis. These courses meet once each week for two modules or one full semester. Final grades are submitted at the end of the semester for these courses.

3. How many classes can I take during a module?

Students must take a minimum of 12 hours each semester to be considered full time and receive financial aid. Therefore, students must take at least two 3-hour courses during each module. The maximum hours a student may take during a module is 10 credit hours. A student may not take over 22 hours per semester.

4. Why do I need to meet with my academic advisor?

Your First Year Experience Counselor will assist you with scheduling changes during the module breaks and registration for the spring semester. The advisor/counselor will guide you successfully through your first year by helping you choose your required freshman general education courses. Your counselor will serve as your personal mentor as you navigate your way through your freshman year at Rust College.

5. What do I do if there is a problem with my schedule?

Students are encouraged to meet with their FYE counselor immediately upon recognizing there is an error on their schedules. To correct scheduling errors, the student must complete the following steps:

1. Meet with your assigned advisor/counselor;
2. Complete a Drop and Add form; and
3. Turn in the Drop and Add form to the Registrar's Office before the last day to drop classes


6. How do I choose a major?

Ordinarily, students identify a major on the admission application prior to acceptance into the college.  Students may also declare a major upon arrival when checking in.  This information is helpful in making decisions as to what courses to assign.

7. What is the process to change my major?

Changing your majors requires you to: 1) Request a “change of major” form from the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs located in the McCoy Administration building; 2) Get signatures from the division chair of your former and new major; 3) Return the form to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

8. How do I find out who my academic advisor is?

Students are assigned a freshman advisor based upon the major declared at time of the application or at check in the first day students move on campus.  Students may receive correspondence once accepted into the college from their advisor –if the students major is known in advance of coming to campus.

9. What is the Office of First Year Experience located?

The Office of First Year Experience is strategically located next to the Brown Mass Communications Building in SHAW HALL.   Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.


10. What is GradesFirst?

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 FYE counselor immediately to address the problem.

11. Why did someone send a post card regarding my absences to my home address?

Rust College takes student absenteeism very seriously. Students are encouraged to attend classes to receive the maximum benefit in their educational experience. A post card is mailed to your home address to inform you that we are aware of your absences and would like to speak with you to determine if there are problems or concerns. It is our way of reaching out to you and offering support to aid you as you reach your potential here at Rust College.

12. What if I have other questions?

If you have questions that were not addressed here,we encourage you to speak with someone in the First Year Experience office right away.Remember, our goal is to make your transition into the Rust College family a smooth and memorable one.