Rust College Mission Statement

Rust College is a historically Black, co-educational, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to offer quality programs in business, education, humanities, science and math, and social science to prepare students for leadership and service in a global society.

We Are:

  • A college related to the United Methodist Church.
  • A college with sound programs designed to serve students who have a variety of academic preparations.
  • A college that recognizes the threefold functions of education as teaching, research, and community service, with its primary mission as teaching.
  • A college with programs designed to acquaint students with cultural, moral, and spiritual values both in theory and in practice.
  • A college that provides an opportunity for education to all, regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, or ethnic background.


Our vision reflects an institution of learning, inside and outside of the classroom. Students will prepare for careers while studying in an environment that nurtures academic and personal development.