Rust College is a historically black liberal arts college located in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Located approximately 35 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, it is the second-oldest private college in the state. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it is one of ten historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) founded before 1868 that is still operating.
One of the oldest colleges for African Americans in the United States, Rust was founded on November 24, 1866 by Northern missionaries with a group called the Freedman's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1870, the college was chartered as Shaw University in 1870, honoring the Reverend S. O. Shaw, who made a gift of $10,000 to the institution. In 1882, to avoid confusion with Shaw U. in Raleigh, N.C., the institution changed its name to Rust University---a tribute to Rev. Richard S. Rust of Cincinnati, Ohio, the secretary of the Freedman's Aid Society. In 1915, the institution assumed the name Rust College. Rust College is the oldest of the 11 historically black colleges and universities related to the United Methodist Church, the second oldest private college in Mississippi, and one of the five historically black colleges that was founded before 1867.
RUST COLLEGE is a historically Black, coeducati onal, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedmanï¿½s Aid Soci ety of The Methodis t Episcopal Church. The College is related to the United Me thodist Church, and dedicated to serve students with a variety of academic pr eparations, through instruction in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural science, business, technology and education. Rust College recognizes the thr ee-fold functions of education as being teaching, research and community service. Its primary mission ho wever, is teaching. It offers a well-rounded program designed to acquaint students with cultural, moral, and spiritual values, both in theory and in practice. Rust College provides an opportunity for education to all, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethnic background