The 1st Year Experience Program

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. Students are not permitted to enroll in the above courses during 2nd or 4th modules.

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 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 FYEP 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 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 admissions application completed before being accepted into college. Students may also declare a major upon arrival to the college through the Registrar's Office. This information is helpful in making placement decisions.

7. What is the process to change my major?

Changing a major is fairly simple. Go to the Vice President for Academic Affairs office in the McCoy Administration building and request a change of major form. After completing this form, you will need the signatures of the division chairs of your former major and new major. Return the form to the Academic Dean's office.

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

Your FYEP Counselor and academic advisor are the same. Students are assigned a freshmen academic advisor on a random basis. A post card is mailed to each student via the campus mail with information on the name and location of the assigned advisor. Students can also check in the FYEP office on the 2nd floor of the McCoy Administration Building to find out the name and location of their academic counselor.

9. What is the COPE Center and where is it located?

The COPE (Counseling, Outreach, and Problem-solving for Excellence) Center is the Rust College Counseling Center. The COPE Center features the Stress Free Zone. The COPE Center is located in the McCoy Administration Building on the 2nd floor in Room 3. Office hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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 FYEP 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 Program office right away.Remember, our goal is to make your transition into the Rust College family a smooth and memorable one.