Ferrum College

Ferrum College


Ferrum College's 100-year historic mission has long been one of opportunity, accessibility and affordability. Our students come from all walks of life and all socio-economic backgrounds. At Ferrum College, our motto is “Not Self, But Others.” We value our mission and that of higher education … to educate students and ensure that we have an informed and socially and culturally-minded citizenry. At Ferrum, we are accountable to the students we serve who increasingly represent the future of our country, many of whom might never have a college opportunity if not for a school like ours. We emphasize academic excellence, involvement in athletics and wellness, and exposure to ethical problem solving, civic engagement and spiritual growth.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience FOCUS Program

FOCUS (First Opportunity for College Undergraduate Success) is a two-week residential summer program designed to give students a preview of the Ferrum College experience, while providing individual academic support needed to enhance skills and find success. Students are enrolled in two academic courses, work closely with dedicated faculty, and earn three credits toward graduation – all before the rush of the fall semester begins. Learn more about FOCUS Program

First-Year Experience & Transition Learning Opportunities Program

The Learning Opportunities Program offers year-long, individualized guidance to first-year students of all backgrounds and interests. A key element of the program is weekly meetings with a Learning Consultant who coaches students toward independent learning and exploration of academic and professional goals. Students will live in close proximity to staff offices, private study rooms, and access to professional math or writing tutors, and attend a pre-Orientation session to understand the transition from high school to college. Learn more about Learning Opportunities Program

Academic Advising & Support Freshman Learning Community/TLC

Ferrum’s Freshman Learning Community is a success-focused program which provides additional support for freshmen who need to enhance their academic skills. Students benefit from an engaged faculty who is dedicated to student achievement, instruction on development of college success skills, and having access to our Think & Learn Center, where professional tutors help freshmen with planning and processing academic assignments.

Student Life & Support Ask Me FIRST

Ask ME FIRST is a network of faculty and staff who have offered to encourage Ferrum’s first-in-the-family students. Look for a yellow Ask Me FIRST sign with a blue ribbon on their door or desk, so you can stop by and talk with these individuals whenever you have questions or concerns. Special events, including opportunities to interact with them over lunch, are planned throughout the year.

Mentoring Brother4Brother

Ferrum College’s Brother4Brother mentoring program is an organization comprised of upperclassmen, male, peer mentors who provide personal, academic, and social mentoring for freshman males at Ferrum College. Brother4Brother is a success-focused program in which young men learn to conduct themselves in a mature manner, discover ways to engage themselves in the Ferrum community and beyond, and develop the skills and attitude required to be successful – both at Ferrum and in their chosen career.

Mentoring Sister4Sister

Sister4Sister (S4S) is a peer-led program in which upper class women provide personal, academic, and social mentoring for first-year women at Ferrum College. Mentors guide students to campus resources and help engage the freshman in a number of enrichment activities to help them adjust to the academic and extracurricular demands of college life.

Student Diversity

  • 1,451
  • 52/48
  • 26%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • n/a
  • 30%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 55%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • n/a

Student Success

  • n/a
    First-to-second year retention
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 96%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 89%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • n/a
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Health and Human Performance Business Criminal Justice Liberal Arts/Education Minor Environmental Science Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union Gospel Choir Spanish Club LGBTQ Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $30,720
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $115
    Required Fees
  • $10,320
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $24,742,326
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $25,511
    Average aid package
  • $25,217
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 57%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 92%
    Students with financial need
  • 92%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 84%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 3,286
    # of applicants
  • 73%
  • 2.90
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $25
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 08/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date