Ferrum College is proudly affiliated with the following organizations.
The Appalachian College Association
Ferrum College is a member of the Appalachian College Association a non-profit consortium of 36 private four-year liberal arts
institutions spread across the central Appalachian Mountains in
Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Collectively these higher education institutions serve over 54,000
The Association helps develop and share ideas, information, programs
and resources to achieve its goals, which include promoting cooperation
and collaboration among its member institutions to serve the people of
Appalachia through higher education and related services. The ACA
functions independently of any one institution to serve all its members.
The College Board
Ferrum College is a member of the College Board. The College Board seeks to ensure that every student in the United
States has access to a high-quality education and is prepared to succeed
in college. Our College Readiness initiatives promote curricula,
assessment tools, district and guidance resources that help K-12
students prepare for the academic rigors of higher education.
The Council of Independent Colleges
Ferrum College is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges
(CIC) the major national service organization for all small and
mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the
U.S. CIC focuses on providing services to campus leaders through
seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving
educational offerings, administrative and financial performance, and
The Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia
Ferrum College is a member of the CICV or Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, which believes that studying the liberal
arts and sciences enriches students a individuals, prepares them as world
citizens and distinguishes them as professionals. Students also gain an edge
in the workplace, and are better equipped for a complex, diverse and
The Council on Undergraduate Research
Ferrum College is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated
colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing
undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all
institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty
members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining
active in research and by involving undergraduates in research. CUR’s
leadership works with agencies and foundations to enhance research
opportunities for faculty and students.
The Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc.
Ferrum College is a member of Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc. (EIIA) As a not-for-profit organization, EIIA not only offers a sophisticated
range of insurance and risk management services, but we are also an
advocate in the insurance marketplace. Solely focused on institutions of
higher education, we are proud of our long-standing track record for
educating institutions in managing risk, and providing unique insurance
programs and services tailored to their needs.
The International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges & Universities
Ferrum College is a member of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges & Universities (IAMSCU). The vision of IAMSCU is to develop a dynamic, worldwide network of
member institutions, resulting in effective inter-institutional
cooperation and collaboration to prepare a new generation of Christian
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Ferrum College is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) which serves as the unified national voice of independent higher
education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges
and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as
those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.
The National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church
Ferrum College is a member of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) -- a voluntary association of schools, colleges, and
universities committed to the historic and distinctive values of United
Methodist-related education. It exists:
- To advance the work of education and scholarship in member institutions,
- To work cooperatively with conferences, boards and agencies
of The United Methodist Church to address issues of mutual concern to
the Church and the Academy,
- To work in partnership with the Church to educate students for leadership and service to the global community,
- To foster and encourage the common good of member institutions, and
- To strengthen the collegiality and camaraderie among member presidents, deans and heads of school.
The National Collegiate Honors Council
Ferrum College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, (NCHC) the professional
association of undergraduate Honors programs and colleges; Honors
directors and deans; and Honors faculty, staff, and students. NCHC
provides support for institutions and individuals developing,
implementing, and expanding Honors education through curriculum
development, program assessment, teaching innovation, national and
international study opportunities, internships, service and leadership
development, and mentored research.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Ferrum College is accredited by and is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. (SACS). The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher
education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission
is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it
strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that
institutions meet standards established by the higher education
community that address the needs of society and students. It serves as
the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse
institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
and Latin America and other international sites approved by the
Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or
The Virginia College Fund
Ferrum College is a member of the Virginia College Fund (VCF) whose mission is to “make a private college education affordable for
Virginia’s students.” To that end, THE VCF seeks funding from
businesses, foundations and individuals to assist needy and worthy
student and help us in our cause. The VCF believes in accessibility,
diversity opportunity and academic excellence.
The USA South Athletic Conference
Ferrum College student athletes compete with other NCAA Division III athletes in the USA South Athletic Conference. Ferrum College joins the following institutions of higher learning in the USA South: Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Greensboro College, LaGrange College, Mary Baldwin College, Maryville College, Meredith College, Methodist University, N.C. Wesleyan College, Piedmont College, William Peace University and Agnes Scott College (wonem's Lacrosse).