Welcome from the President

Welcome to Ferrum College!

Dr. Joseph SpoonerAt Ferrum College, we believe the best undergraduate experiences happen by creating a welcoming and supportive community that encourages intellectual, personal, and spiritual development through academic exploration, directed social engagement, and purposeful action.

Our community is committed to offering an exceptional liberal arts experience that enriches the value of a Ferrum education beyond self-improvement and enhanced professional opportunities.  Ferrum is a special place where everyone is family and every day is an opportunity to discover how to live meaningfully, how to value social and spiritual engagement, and how to become an exemplary citizen of the communities we call home.

Our faculty, staff, and alumni share a sustained passion for learning and teaching, service and leadership, and civic engagement and intellectual distinction.  Our commitment to discovery through collaborations, with our students, our neighbors, and one another, inspires a vibrant, inclusive college community that transforms our students, our campus, and the communities we serve, locally, and globally.

Joseph Spooner and Nicole GelfertWe hope that your Ferrum experience will be an exciting opportunity to discover your potential, one that teaches you how to distill a sense of purpose and integrity from your education and professional experience to improve your life and the lives of many others.  In the same spirit as the Social Creed of The United Methodist Church, we hope that you, too, will come to share our “responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals.”

We look forward to welcoming to you to campus and joining us in our efforts to create a remarkable Ferrum experience, for you and for all.

Panthers for Life!

Joseph C. Spooner

Joseph C. Spooner

President

About the photographs: Top left, Dr. Spooner on campus with Schoolfied Hall in the background; and bottom right, Dr. Spooner with his wife, Nicole Gelfert, on the steps of Stratton House, their home on campus. 


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Opportunity. Discovery. Community. Success.

Ferrum College graduatesAt Ferrum College, we believe in providing unique opportunities and an excellent educational experience that will transform our students' lives within a welcoming, supportive community. We want our students, from all walks of life, to be empowered to discover their potential, achieve their goals, and make a difference in their communities. The Ferrum experience is rich with opportunities for internships, hands-on learning, international and domestic travel, scholars programs, personal development, and service to the community.

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More About the Ferrum College Experience

Spanish students in PeruAs a college that emphasizes student success through a superior and well-rounded education, Ferrum features a broad range of outstanding academic, athletic, service, and leadership opportunities.  The hands-on understanding you will gain through internships, E-term and a variety of learning experiences beyond the classroom complements our strong liberal arts curriculum and career exploration and development programs.  With the support and expertise of our dedicated faculty and staff, we believe this blend of educational and experiential elements will help prepare you for a meaningful and successful life.  Ferrum has made a significant commitment to your success through our emphasis on science and technology. Garber Hall, our science building, has been the focus of upgrades and renovations, including new classroom and laboratory space. Stanley Library features a comfortable learning commons area and classrooms with state of the art technology.
 
Ferrum College Theatre ArtsFerrum boasts a wide range of extra-curricular activities and amenities comprising an array of student clubs and organizations, as well as nineteen NCAA Division III athletic sports for men and women, including men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s wrestling and field hockey for women. Our “Ferrum Outdoors” program allows you to experience adventures in nearby mountains and state parks and on lakes and rivers. Our dining hall features delicous meals prepared with local “Fields to Ferrum” ingredients. We have popular national franchises such as Papa John’s and Subway, we proudly serve Starbucks in our News Café at the Bookstore, and we feature Gevalia coffee in our new Ferrum Mercantile across from campus. The 30,000 square foot Hank Norton Center is home to most of our outdoor athletic programs. Our on-campus YMCA welcomes both the College and the community, with YMCA membership available to all students.