Academic Engagement and Success

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Academic Engagement and Success2018-06-12T15:07:02+00:00

Here are some great resources for students and families!

Academic Services

Whether you need to borrow a book, use a computer, access digital media, book a study space, get help with research, or access digital media, Stanley Library is where you will find these resources.Students who need academic counseling, tutoring, study groups, and other resources are welcome to visit the Academic Resources Center, located on the lower level of Stanley Library. Ferrum College also has a faculty-run Math Center  and Writing Center to assist students. The PACE Office assists new freshman and transfer students with their transition into college and provides support for students in navigating the academic planning process. Students can access information about the PAWS program for entering freshmen, eight-semester plans, and course rotations. Students with documented learning differences are encouraged to contact Nancy Beach (, Director of Academic Accessibililty Services, with questions about accommodations and how to capitalize on the resources available to them. Documentation is handled and services are provided in a confidential manner compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

First-Year Student Support

Ferrum College FOCUS

Ferrum Foundations

Ferrum Foundations is a two-week summer program designed to prepare students for the rigors of college academics. Students are able to earn three hours of academic credit through instruction and guidance from Ferrum College faculty and interactive activities. For more information and an application, please contact FOCUS coordinator Tom Steele ( For extra support throughout the first year, the Learning Opportunities Program includes weekly access to a professional Learning Consultant and private study rooms in close proximity to their residence hall rooms.  Contact Ronda Bryant ( for more information on how to apply.

Brother4Brother and Sister4Sister

Brother4Brother (B4B) and Sister4Sister (S4S) are two peer mentoring programs in which upper class students provide personal, academic, and social mentoring for freshman students at Ferrum College. Students learn to conduct themselves in a mature manner, discover ways to engage themselves in the Ferrum community and beyond, and develop the skills and attitude required to be successful – both at Ferrum and in their chosen career. For more information, contact Tom Steele (B4B) at or Ronda Bryant (S4S) at

Transfer Student Resources

Here’s some great information on academic programs, academic planning, and getting involved on campus!

First-Generation Students: Ask ME First Center

If you are the first person in your family to attend college… CONGRATULATIONS! This is a huge milestone for you and your family, and you will be presented with challenges as well as opportunities throughout your college experience. There are a number of people on campus who have offered to encourage and motivate you during your time here at Ferrum because they may have had similar experiences. These faculty and staff will have a yellow Ask ME First sign with a blue ribbon on their door or desk, so you can stop by and talk with these individuals whenever you have questions or concerns! Learn more about our Ask ME First Center here.