Rust College, located in the town of Holly Springs, Mississippi, is a distinguished member of the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) community. Founded in 1866, just after the Civil War, Rust College is one of the oldest HBCUs in the United States. Its establishment was a significant stride in providing educational opportunities to African Americans during a period of profound social and political upheaval. The college's long history is a testament to its resilience and commitment to education, embodied in its motto, "By Their Fruits, Ye Shall Know Them."
Today, Rust College enrolls approximately 755 students and offers a range of Associate and Bachelor's degrees. The college is mainly known for its strong Business Administration, Education, Social Sciences, and Mass Communication programs. These programs reflect Rust College's dedication to preparing students for leadership and service in a diverse and global society.
In athletics, Rust College competes in the NAIA Division I as part of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). The college's athletic teams, known as the Bearcats and Lady Bearcats, proudly wear royal blue and white school colors. The campus's town setting provides a close-knit community atmosphere, enhancing the educational experience for students at Rust College. As an institution, Rust College continues to uphold its legacy of excellence and service, making significant contributions to the broader HBCU community and beyond.
NAIA Division I - Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC Conference)
Team Name: Bearcats & Lady Bearcats