The Earnest and Melverta Smith Honors Program
- All students who enter the college with Presidential, Academic Dean and Honors Track scholarships are required to participate in the program.
- Students who, after enrollment in Rust College, may apply or are recommended by their adviser and have at least a 3.0 average.
- Students who transfer to Rust College with a 3.0 or higher may apply.
The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide varied educational opportunities to interested, able and identified students in an environment that fosters the intellect to expand, assimilate and synthesize academic excellence. Often, students are identified through the admissions process as potential participants in the program. Students may enter the Honors Program in several ways:
The program consists of courses in the general education program which requires more rigor as well as some major courses. The honors program students are advised by the Director of the Honors Program during their first year. A requirement of thirty hours of service learning is included in this program. Finally, there is a student organization, the Earnest and Melverta Smith Honor Society where students develop leadership skills, plan and implement scholarly activities and travel to conferences and cultural events where resources permit.