University description (as per official university website)
Founded in 1913, Ferrum College provides life-long learning and outstanding career and graduate school preparation in a setting of rich natural beauty.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, Ferrum is a four-year primarily residential college with easy access to the major metropolitan areas of Roanoke, Virginia (35 miles to the north) and Greensboro, North Carolina (70 miles to the south) where shopping, social, dining and entertainment opportunities abound. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and state parks, and numerous small towns brimming with regional heritage, Ferrum also boasts a wide variety of venues for outdoor adventure and recreation and cultural enrichment.
Ferrum offers 33 areas of study ranging from business and environmental science to teacher education and criminal justice, campus-wide wireless Internet, 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.
Academics at Ferrum College:
Students observing marine life during e-term course Ferrum maintains its tradition of offering a comprehensive academic program in accord with its liberal arts core curriculum.. The college strives to provide education in a Christian context and to maximize students' chances for success by providing one-on-one support, individual attention and positive reinforcement. The curriculum includes opportunities for career preparation as well as personal development in order to help each student fulfill his or her personal educational goals.
Students conducting forensic investigation during e-term course
Ferrum College offers 32 majors, a student faculty of 15:1 and a commitment to progressive education. The college strives to provide pre-professional learning opportunities by offering a wide array of internships in its majors. The expanded Boone Honors Program provides its students with in-depth opportunitiesto explore in greater depth an array of intellectual, social and ethical issues. Ferrum offers a broad range of academic support services and is proud of its dedicated award-winning faculty.
Arts & Humanities
Natural Science & Math
Tuition, room and board for 2008-2009 is a modest $29,600 (assuming a double occupancy room) for resident students and $22,500 for commuters. Students' costs at Ferrum are less than those of 80% of other private colleges and universities in Virginia.
Ferrum financial aid staff members will help you meet college costs through a comprehensive program of academic and merit awards, need-based grants, loans, work-study, and tuition payment options such as Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plans. Even though not all Ferrum students applied for financial aid last year, over 98% received some help in meeting their college expenses during 2007-2008. The average need-based financial aid package contains awards from scholarships and grants (66% of total award), loans (25% of award), and work-study opportunities (9% of award).