Admission Requirements

Rust College admission is administered in accordance with the policies established by the Rust College Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. Admission decisions are made as applications and supporting documents are received; therefore, early application is encouraged. Information submitted to Rust College must be true and accurate. The withholding of pertinent information or the submission of false information may result in denial of admission or in dismissal. The College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant and to forbid any previously admitted student from continued enrollment. Rust College complies with all applicable laws regarding affirmative action and equal opportunity in all its activities and programs and does not discriminate against anyone protected by law because of age, color, national origin, race, religion, sex, handicap, or veteran status. The College welcomes applications any time during the year from all individuals whose preparation and abilities give them a reasonable chance of success in programs offered by the College. 

Applying for admissions at the beginning of the academic year are encouraged, students who would like to begin their study at Rust College at the beginning of the Fall semester should complete all requirements before July for 16 weeks and 8 weeks (Term 1) and September for 8 weeks (Term 2). The Spring semester requirements should be complete before January for the 16 weeks and 8 weeks (Term 3) and April for 8 weeks (Term 4). All Summer semester requirements should be complete before April for both summer sessions. 


High School Graduates/First Time in College  

  1. Completed Admissions Application 
  1. Official High School Transcripts 
  1. Official College transcripts where dual enrolled classes were attempted 
  1. Commitment Fee $250 
  1. Official ACT and or SAT scores 

Rust College ACT code: 2240 
Rust College SAT code: 1669 

High School Transcript 

  1. Admission consideration is given to applicants with standard high school diplomas from an accredited high school. 
  1. Submit an official copy of your high school transcript showing work through the completion of your junior year. 
  1. Transcripts are considered official when received directly from the issuing institution electronically or in a sealed envelope with the school’s seal and/or official signature. Your enrollment for the application term and year is based upon review of your final high school transcript with graduation date listed. 

Minimum Requirements 

Satisfactory completion of the work of a high school approved by a state and/or regional accrediting agency, or its equivalent as expressed through scores on the General Education Development (GED) test.  

GPA: High school applicants who have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and have taken the ACT or SAT are considered for regular admissions to the college. Scores reported on high school transcript can be used to evaluate applicant admissibility.  

High School Curriculum 

Admission consideration is given to applicants who have earned a standard high school diploma and completed a minimum of the following: 

English…………………………………………………………………………………………………4 units 
Mathematics………………………………………………………………………………………….3 units 
Social Science…………………………………………………………………………………..…….3 units 
Natural Science………………………………………………………………………………………3 units 

Electives………………………………………………………………………………………………6 units 

             Total – 19 units  

  1. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the Principal or the Counselor of the high school from which the student graduated. In the case of a student seeking admission based on the GED test scores, both recommendations letters must come from persons who are qualified to certify the student’s ability to benefits from a college education.  
  1. A medical report from a licensed physician on the form prescribed by the College.  


Application Requirements  

  1. Completed admissions application 
  1. Official GED transcripts 

Official GED Transcript 

  1. Request an official copy of your GED transcript 
  1. Electronic transcripts from companies such as Parchment are considered official when sent directly to the admissions department. 

Minimum Requirements 

  1. Student must have a passing score on all sections of the GED exam. 


Transfer students are encouraged to seek admission to Rust College either at the beginning of the summer session, the first semester, or the beginning of the second semester. Transfer students are required to submit the same documents and fees and to follow the same application procedures as outlined for freshman students. Transfer students are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores if they have completed at least 15 semester hours of college level courses.  

Students transferring from a regionally accredited junior or community college with an associate of arts or an associate of science degree requirements with grades of “C” or better may be accepted as juniors. Students admitted under this provision must meet the College General Education requirements and entry requirements of the proposed degree program.  

Transfer students may not receive credit toward a degree at Rust College for work completed at another institution prior to ten years before entering Rust College.  

Application Requirements  

  1. Completed admissions application 
  1. Official College transcripts (Transcripts are needed from ALL colleges attended
  1. Official High School Transcripts (Only if you have less than 15 college credit hours
  1. Official ACT and or SAT scores (Only if you have less than 15 college credit hours)       

Rust College ACT code: 2240 
Rust College SAT code: 1669 

Rust College accepts transfer credits from all regionally accredited junior, community, senior colleges and universities. Rust College will accept no more than 70 semester hours of transfer credit or the hours in a conferred AA degree program towards the Bachelor’s degree in any major. Students may transfer these courses upon acceptance to Rust College. No course hours over this amount will be accepted toward a Rust degree. Students may be given permission to take courses in a regular summer school or an accredited distance learning program in the summer to the extent of this policy. However, no credits below ‘‘C’’ in any course and no credits for any course which are not in keeping with the College’s catalog will be accepted as transfer credits. Courses with quarter hour credits will be equated with semester hour credits as follows:  

Quarter Hours Equivalence in Semester Hours 
4 or 5 


Rust College Registrar has the responsibility of accepting transfer credits to the institution. The acceptance of the courses is based on the transfer policy. The Registrar, through the use of the Evaluation of Previously Earned Credit Form, (EPECF) lists the courses accepted. The Registrar will evaluate the general education courses only. All major area courses will be evaluated for comparability by the respective division. The divisional area will record the comparable courses on the Divisional Previously Earned Credit Form (DPECF) and submit the form to the Registrar’s office, along with providing a copy to the student. 


Rust College is approved by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an institution of higher learning for international students. Students applying for admission must present the original and complete academic credentials with the application for admission.  

Application Requirements  

  1. Completed admissions application 
  1. $250 Commitment fee 
  1. Official High School Transcripts (Transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency if needed
  1. Official College transcripts (If a student is a transfer student from another college
  1. Official ACT and or SAT scores 
  1. Financial Statements (Affidavit of support) 
  1. TOFEL (Only required for non-English speaking students).  
  • Students who are not from countries where English is the official language must submit an application for a recent test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL of 540 or above) or two (2) notarized letters attesting to English Proficiency by the school administration, teacher, counselor or religious leader.  

Rust College ACT code: 2240 

Rust College SAT code: 1669 

  1. International students on F-1 Visas are not eligible for admission as non-degree students. 

Priority Application Submission Deadlines 

  • Fall Semester                       June 30th 
  • Spring Semester                  November 30th 
  • Summer Semester              March 30th 

Official Transcripts 

  1. Send official transcript(s) directly to the Office of Admissions at Rust College. Scanned or faxed copies are not considered official. 
  1. Transfer applicants must submit official transcript(s) from each college or university attended.  

Foreign Credential Evaluation Fees 
Students are accountable for all evaluation fees if transcripts need to be translated. 

High School and/or Secondary School 

  1. Applicants must be graduates of a secondary school and submit a first or second-division General Certification of Education (or its equivalent for those applying from the British Commonwealth). 
  1. Basic courses in Algebra, English, Geometry, History, Natural Sciences, and other academic subjects should have been taken in secondary school. The applicant should have achieved a thorough knowledge of the English language. 
  1. All school records must be certified by school officials and sent with your application. 

Minimum Requirements 

  1. GPA: High school applicants who have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and have taken the ACT or SAT are considered for regular admission to the college. 
  1. ACT and SAT Scores: Scores reported on high school transcripts can be used to evaluate applicant admissibility. However, official score reports from either The College Board (SAT) or ACT are required to complete the admission file. Scores listed on the final official high school transcript can be used as the official score reports. 
  1. College GPA:Applicants earning at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all college coursework are considered for regular admission. 
  1. Academic Standing:Good academic standing and/or eligibility to return to the previous institution for full-time study is required for admission consideration. 

TOEFL scores will be waived for applicants who are: 

  1. Graduates of high schools in the United States 
  1. Students whose native language or language of instruction is English 
  1. Students transferring to Rust College after at least one year at another English language college or university 

Information on the TOEFL exam may be obtained by writing to Education Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA 

Financial Statement 

  1. Applicants must provide a notarized financial statement from their bank showing that the applicant has enough support for at least one year in the United States. 
  1. This statement must be submitted with the application for admission. This amount should be at least $22,888.00 (This price is subject to change) Please consult with the Admissions Department for the current cost per year. 

Issuing the I-20 

  1. I-20 forms are issued once all required documents are received 
  1. I-20s are not released to a third party. It is issued only to the applicant or mailed directly to the permanent home address listed on the application for admission 
  1. The student must present an original copy of the I-20 and the letter of acceptance to the Embassy to authorize travel to the U.S. 

SEVIS I-901 Fee 

  1. Once the I-20 has been issued, the student is responsible for paying the $350 fee (U.S. currency) directly to the Department of Homeland Security. 
  1. The I-901 fee must be paid prior to the student’s scheduled embassy appointment Failure to pay this fee may result in denial of F-1 status. 
  1. No Visitor’s Visa will be accepted. 


Any student who attended Rust College before for any amount of time will be classified as a re-admit. Any former student who is not duly readmitted cannot register for courses at Rust College. 

Any student who has not attended Rust College for eight (8) years or longer may be readmitted regardless of the last GPA including access to financial aid for which the student is qualified. Students whose GPA was below satisfactory progress for their classification will be placed on probation. The GPA of the first semester in which the student returns will determine their status and ability to continue. 

Application Requirements  

  1. Completed admissions application 
  1. Official College transcripts (If a student has attended another institution since leaving Rust College

Review of Applications 

  1. Readmission applications are reviewed and evaluated by several College units before decisions are rendered.  
  1. Official transcripts are required from any colleges or universities attended since last enrollment at Rust College.  
  1. Applicant files are reviewed for issues related to, but not limited to satisfactory academic progress.  


Rust College is approved by the Mississippi State Veteran Affairs Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training. All veterans seeking admission to Rust College must satisfy the general admission requirements and present their certificate of eligibility for training to the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs.  


  1. Students wishing to take courses for personal growth and development and/or individual learning goals, but do not wish to enroll in a degree program. 
  1. Non-degree students may enroll in a maximum of 24 credit hours. 
  1. Non-degree students may enroll in courses in any academic division. 
  1. Credits earned may be counted toward degree requirements should you later decide to pursue a degree. 
  1. Non-Degree Seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. 

Application Requirements  

  1. Completed admissions application.  
  1. Official High School or College transcripts.  
  1. Admission consideration is given to applicants with standard high school diplomas. 
  1. Request an official copy of your final high school transcript. It must include your graduation date and diploma type. 
  1. Transcripts are considered official when received directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope with the school’s seal and/or official signature. 


Dual Enrollment is a term used for the process of allowing certain academically qualified secondary school students to enroll in general education courses at Rust College. General education are courses required for all degree-seeking students. Students applying for the dual enrollment program are classified as Non-Degree Seeking and must be a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in all high school courses, successful completion of 14 core high school units and/or junior, and a written recommendation from the school principal or guidance counselor. Dual Enrollment students are not eligible for financial aid. 

The credits earned in the dual enrollment program will be recorded as regular credits if the student is admitted to the College later as a freshman student, after his/her graduation from high school. If the student attends Rust College, the credits will be applied toward the degree.  

The College reserves the right to limit enrollment based on the availability of class space. Students are expected to fully meet the requirements of courses and will be graded accordingly. 

 Rust College is the place for you and we hope to get your application soon! Should you have any questions, you may contact us at (662) 252-8000.

Please submit all information as soon as possible!