Ferrum College
P.O. Box 1000
Ferrum, Virginia 24088-9000

Admission Office:
(800) 868-9797
FAX: (540) 365-4266


488 men/364 women
22 men/34 women
Graduate School:

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Average SAT scores:
V 447 M 438
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Average GPA:
2.6 (unweighted)
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Room and Board:
Fees, books, misc.:
$1,000 (approx.)

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Ferrum College
Ferrum, Virginia 24088-9000

Ferrum College
Ferrum's campus is located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in scenic Virginia.

College Description
Founded in 1913, Ferrum College provides life-long learning and excellent career preparation in an ideal-sized environment. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in scenic Virginia, Ferrum College is a four-year liberal arts, residential college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is our mission to educate students in the disciplines of higher learning and to help them be thoughtful and perceptive, to be articulate and professionally capable, and to be caring and concerned citizens of their community, nation, and world.

Ferrum offers 34 areas of study ranging from business and environmental science, to teacher education and criminal justice, free in-room computers, small class sizes, and a dedicated faculty. The 1,000 men and women who attend Ferrum come from 25 states and a dozen countries, and 80 percent live on Ferrum's 700-acre campus. With quick access to major metropolitan areas, Roanoke just 35 miles north and Greensboro, NC, just 80 miles to the south.

Academic Life
Ferrum College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's degrees. In addition, Ferrum is accredited by the following: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE accredits the baccalaureate program in Social Work), National Recreation and Park Association Council on Accreditation, State Council of Higher Education and the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

Ferrum awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Bachelor of Social Word degrees, depending on the major the student pursues. Ferrum's 34 areas of study fall under one of the following division: Business and Economics, Performing and Visual Arts, Language, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion, Life Science, Mathematical and Computer Science, Social Science and Liberal Arts.

A semester of full-time study at Imperial College of the University of London may be arranged for students. Students of Russian may qualify for internships in Russia through an ongoing exchange program between citizens of the Roanoke area and those of Pskov, Russia. Outstanding students of French have also participated in study abroad experiences at institutions of higher learning in France.

Campus Life
Ferrum College is a residential institution. The College provides a variety of residence hall living environments in which students have an opportunity to experience different lifestyles and responsibilities while in attendance at Ferrum. Residence hall rooms are equipped with beds, desks, closets, dressers, chairs, and computers.

College is about expanding one's horizon; both in and out of the classroom. One of the most fulfilling ways to experience college is to participate in one of the many clubs and organizations offered. Ferrum College is fortunate to have over 50 recognized clubs and organizations active on campus. These campus groups offer their members opportunities to learn about or expand their current levels in each of the following areas: citizenship, community service, leadership, knowledge, and personal success.

Facilities and Resources
The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, has been the Virginia State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore since 1986, it is located on main campus near the Blue Ridge Farm Museum. It houses the Institute staff and contains a large exhibit area, auditorium, classroom and the archive area.

Stanley Library contains approximately 100,000 volumes supplemented by over 500 periodical subscriptions and a growing collection of multi-media materials. The building also houses the Academic Resources Center, an audio-visual center, an auditorium, and a 24-hour quiet study room.

The Riding Center houses a 20-stall stable used for both college and student horses. There are trails and a large outdoor ring with jumps which is used for equitation classes and horse shows.

Ferrum Fitness Center houses two basketball courts, two racquetball courts, and a full nautilus weight and exercise area.

Ferrum's Agricultural Center consists of two agricultural areas. Titmus dairy farm, a 132-acre farm located 2 miles south of the campus, contains 2 large barns, a modern milking parlor and bulk storage equipment to provide for a dairy heard of approximately 100 cows. The second tract of 80 acres contains pasture and cropland and storage facilities.

The College offers a wide variety of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women students. Men's programs include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, golf and tennis. Women's intercollegiate athletic teams include basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacross, softball, tennis, soccer and volleyball. The equitation and cheerleading teams are open to men and women.

Perhaps the most popular participatory activity on campus is the program of intramural sports and activities for men and women. Intramural teams compete in basketball, flag-football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and other sports.

The fitness center, swimming pool, tennis courts, weight room and other athletic facilities are available on a regular basis for informal and formal participation.

Ferrum has a consistent winning record in athletics. The college competes in intercollegiate activities as a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The College is a member of the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Financial Aid
Ferrum makes every effort to provide financial aid consistent with individual and family ability to meet college expenses. A comprehensive assistance program, including campus jobs, scholarships, grants and loans, is available. The majority of Ferrum's financial aid programs are awarded to students based on financial need (in combination with other factors such as academic achievement) as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award programs which are not based on need include the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, The Ferrum College Tuition Assistance Grant for out-of-state students, the Community Activity Scholarship, the Performing Arts scholarship, $200 scholarships for Virginia Conference United Methodist students, and academic scholarships as well as parent and alternative educational loans available through lending institutions.

Admission Requirements
To be accepted as full-time degree candidates, applicants must meet the following qualifications: graduate from an accredited high school or receive a high school equivalency certificate based on the General Educational Development Test (GED). When the Admissions Committee is reviewing an applicant for admission it considers the following: courses taken in high school; grades in courses recommended for admission to Ferrum; extracurricular activities; SAT I or ACT scores; recommendations; and admissions interview (if required).

Students applying to Ferrum College should have completed the recommended number of years suggested for each of the following courses: English 4, Math (at least Alg. I) 3, Social Science 3, Science (1 lab) 2, Foreign Languages 2, electives 2. On a selective basis the College is willing to consider students whose preparation does not include all of these subjects. The Admissions Committee may require an interview for students who have not completed the recommended number of academic courses or lack the appropriate GPA or standardize test scores.

Applications, official transcript, and results of the SAT I or the ACT along with a nonrefundable fee of $25 should be sent to the Office of Admissions, Ferrum College, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000.

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