Welcome to Ferrum College!
At 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
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.
We 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
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
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.
At 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
As 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
Ferrum 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