Ferrum College

Ferrum College

Ferrum College is a private, four-year, liberal arts, co-educational college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Ferrum College, which was established in 1913 by Dr. Benjamin M. Beckham. The college, which is situated on a 700-acre campus, offers a number of programs up to the bachelor's degree level. Some of the areas of study are journalism, social studies, forensic science, pre-professional science, business administration, and international studies. The programs are offered under the following academic schools:

  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • School of Social Sciences

Ferrum College participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III which is a part of the USA South Athletic Conference. The college has won the national football championship of the National Junior College Athletic Association four times. The athletics teams, which are nicknamed the Panthers, participate in sports which include football, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, and baseball.

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Contacting Ferrum

Ferrum College
215 Ferrum Mountain Road
Ferrum , VA 24088-9000
General Phone: (540) 365-2121

Ferrum Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts42Russian language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, social services, international relations, political science, history ...
Business and Management23business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Security and Law Enforcement11criminal justice and safety
Education and Teaching9physical education teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8parks and recreation studies, sports and fitness management
Medicine6medical preparatory
Family and Social Work6social work
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies
Science6biology, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology5health service and sciences, medical coding, pharmacy tech, electrocardiograph tech
Art Studies4visual and performing arts, art studies
Agricultural Science and Management3agriculture
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies
Computer Science and Engineering2information science, computer science
Therapy and Counseling2psychology
Landscaping and Horticulture1horticultural science
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Ferrum in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree13836
Award of less than 1 academic year03

Ferrum Student Body

In 2007-2008, Ferrum had a total enrollment of 1,233 students (1,109 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 25%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 57%
20-21 30%
22-24 9%
25-29 2%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina3%
New Jersey1%
New York1%
West Virginia1%

Ferrum Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %

Ferrum Room and Board (2007)

Ferrum offers campus housing for 1,251 of its 1,109 (full-time) students.

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Ferrum Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal400490
SAT Math400490
ACT Composite1620

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT12%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Ferrum Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,545
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,545
Room and board $ 7,300
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,665

Financial Aid:
Ferrum participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 371100)

Ferrum Faculty

Ferrum has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track115
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1110

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*0*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year9$58,1224$53,828
Associate professoracademic year10$50,7715$46,268
Assistant professoracademic year14$45,26116$45,800
Instructoracademic year5$35,7205$38,335
All faculty totalacademic year38$48,50230$45,704

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Ferrum Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football USA South Atlantic Conference
Basketball USA South Atlantic Conference
Baseball USA South Atlantic Conference
Track USA South Atlantic Conference

Ferrum Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Landscaping And Horticulture
Horticultural Science

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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