Rust College was established in 1866 with a rich heritage of local, regional and national history. The college is a four-year private, co-educational historically Black liberal arts institution of higher learning. Located on 126 acres of rolling hills in North Mississippi in the quaint town of Holly Springs. Rust is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution is dedicated to serve students with a variety of academic preparations and recognizes the three-fold functions of education as being teaching, research and community service. Enrolling approximately 1,000 annually, Rust College offers 16 degrees in five major divisions: business, education, humanities , computer and social sciences, and science and mathematics.
Founded by the Freedmen's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Rust College has always had and continues to maintain an affiliation with the United Methodist Church. The college offers a well-rounded program designed to acquaint students with cultural, moral and spiritual values. Though the college receives financial support from the church, it is not ruled nor governed by the church in its operations or policies. The college has been described as a melting pot of ideas and cultures throughout its history.