Prospective students and their parents are cordially invited to visit Ferrum College.
Appointments for interviews and tours of the campus may be arranged by calling the
Admissions Office, which is located in the Spilman-Daniel House, at 1-800-868-9797.
Staff are available weekdays for interviews and tours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and
by appointment, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, except during holiday weekends.
To be accepted as full-time degree candidates, applicants must meet the following
qualifications: graduate from an accredited high school with a standard or advanced
studies diploma or receive a high school equivalency certificate based on the General
Educational Development Test (GED), or complete a home-school curriculum comparable
to that required for high school graduation. When the Admissions Committee is reviewing
an applicant for admission it considers the following: courses taken in high school,
grades in courses recommended for admission to Ferrum, extracurricular activities,
SAT I or ACT scores, recommendations, and admissions interview (if required).
Recommended High School Preparation
Students applying to Ferrum College should have completed the recommended number of
years suggested for each of the following courses:
|Math (at least Algebra 1)
|Science (1 lab)
On a selective basis the College is willing to consider students whose preparation
does not include all of these subjects. Although personal interviews are encouraged,
they are not required for all students. However, the Admissions Committee may require
an interview for students who have not completed the recommended number of academic
courses or lack the appropriate G.P.A. or standardized test scores. The results of
the interview will be used in the admissions decision.
When to Apply for Admission
Fall – Candidates for the fall semester at Ferrum College may apply for admission
upon completion of their junior year of high school.
Spring – Candidates for the spring semester should apply thirty days prior to the
beginning of the spring term (see Academic Calendar section).
How to Apply for Admission
Visit www.ferrum.edu to apply online or request a paper application by calling 1-800-868-9797, or in writing
to the Office of Admissions. Applications should be sent to the Admissions Office
with a nonrefundable fee of $25 to: Office of Admissions, Spilman-Daniel House, Ferrum
College, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000.
- Request that an official transcript of his/her secondary school record be sent to
the Admissions Office. This interim record will be used in making the admissions decision.
Upon graduation from high school, applicants must request a final transcript be sent
certifying graduation with a standard or advanced studies diploma.
- Request that the results of Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) or the American College
Testing (ACT) be sent to the Admissions Office.
College Entrance Test
Applicants who have completed high school during the year prior to enrollment are
required to take either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) or the American College
Testing (ACT). Information on dates and fees can be obtained from a high school guidance
office or by contacting: College Board SAT Program, Princeton, NJ 08541 (www.collegeboard.org), or American College Testing Program (ACT) Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52243 (www.act.org).
How to Accept an Offer of Admission
A student wishing to attend Ferrum must so inform the college no later than 30 days
after receiving an official letter of acceptance. The entering student must send
a $200 confirmation deposit (refundable until May 1) with the completed acceptance
forms. The Tri-Area Community Health Center medical form and roommate survey must
be completed and returned to the appropriate offices at least one month prior to a
Ferrum College offers several programs to ensure that all new students begin their
college careers as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. All new freshmen and transfer
students and their parents or guardians are introduced to the campus during a Panther
Pre-Registration Assessment Weekend in the Summer (PAWS). Connection Weekend, an
orientation program for all freshmen and transfer students, is offered immediately
prior to the opening of fall semester. All incoming students must attend PAWS and
Connection Weekend which include counseling, advising, orientation, and social gatherings.
These programs are part of Ferrum’s comprehensive Gateway – First Year Experience Program (see Gateway – First Year Experience section).
Special Admissions Categories
Admission as a Special Student
Individuals registering for fewer than 12 semester hours per term may be admitted
as special students.
Admission as a Transfer Student
Ferrum welcomes transfer applicants and encourages them to visit the college campus.
Transfer students should follow the same admissions procedure as outlined for recent
high school graduates. In addition, transfer students must request that an official
transcript of their college work be sent to the Ferrum College Admissions Office.
All courses which correspond to those offered at Ferrum, and which have been passed
with a “C” or better grade, will be accepted for credit towards graduation. Students
with transferable credit will not be required to repeat equivalent course content
at Ferrum. Students must meet the number of upper level hours required for graduation
by the student’s major program and the College. Only credit hours, not grade point
average, transfer to Ferrum College. Therefore, transfer credit does not enter into
the grade point average for honors.
Transfer students will receive full consideration for housing, financial aid, and
campus co-curricular activities. Transfer students may be eligible for academic merit
When a student who graduates from an accredited Virginia Community College with an
Associate of Arts degree, an Associate of Science degree, or an Associate of Arts
and Sciences degree transfers into Ferrum College, Ferrum College agrees that the
student has satisfied the Liberal Arts Core requirements portion of its graduation
requirements. If the student has not had a 3-credit Bible-based course as part of
the Associate degree curriculum, then Ferrum College will require that the student
successfully complete REL 111, 112, 113, or PHI 131. The student must satisfy all
other graduation requirements including writing intensive, speaking intensive E-Term,
and experiential learning requirements.
Similar agreements have been established with other community and junior colleges
in the mid-Atlantic states. To receive additional information or a listing of these
cooperative institutions, please contact the Ferrum College Admissions Office and
ask to speak with the transfer counselor.
Leave of Absence
Students in good standing, prior to completion of a semester, may be granted a leave
of absence from the College for up to two semesters for specific vocational, educational,
or medical reasons. Students desiring such a leave of absence must apply in writing
to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Students approved for a leave
of absence must also apply for readmission as described in the section below. Financial
aid recipients should check with the Financial Aid Office as federal guidelines do
not allow for more than a 180 day leave of absence without impacting your aid. Students
withdrawing mid semester should see “Withdrawal from College” section.
Readmission for Former Ferrum Students
Former Ferrum students seeking readmission should write to the Director of Admissions.
Readmission petitions from students who are not in good academic standing will be
reviewed by the Offices of Registrar and Provost. Students must also be in good standing
with student accounts and student affairs before petitions for re-admission will be
considered. Full-time students who leave the college must be readmitted within six
calendar years of their original date of entrance in order to be governed by the requirements
of their original catalog. If the six-year period is exceeded at the time of readmission,
the student will be subject to meeting the requirements of the current catalog with
the prior courses being subject to the approval of the Registrar (refer to the Academic
Policies section of this catalog under the “Regulations Governing Catalog” for additional
Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination
Ferrum College offers advanced placement to those students who satisfactorily demonstrate
a high level of proficiency in a given subject area. Advanced placement (exemption
from lower-level courses) is sometimes granted on the basis of nationally normed tests,
or on occasion, on locally prepared departmental tests. Decisions are based on individual
cases and require the approval of the appropriate Dean.
Course credit as well as advanced standing may be earned through the Advanced Placement
Test Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, the College Level Examination
Program, and the International Baccalaureate Program. Advanced Placement credit may
be granted upon presentation of a score of 3 or above. International Baccalaureate
credit may be granted upon presentation of a score of 5 or above. Official scores
are required before credit can be granted.
Qualified students may also earn credit for Ferrum courses by successfully completing
locally prepared departmental examinations. Students interested in pursuing this possibility
should consult with the program coordinator of the program which offers the particular
course. No more than 10% of a student’s coursework at Ferrum College may be earned
by such examinations (see Miscellaneous Fees).
Credit for educational experiences in the Armed Forces may be granted, based on recommendations
of the American Council of Education. Credits are recorded for students after completion
of at least one semester (15 or more semester hours) of resident study at Ferrum with
a 2.000 or better academic average. Veterans must provide their DD-214 along with
any military transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.
Admission as an International Student
International students desiring admission to the college are encouraged to apply as
early as possible. They must submit to the college:
- Copy of high school transcript translated into English.
- Score results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) exam, or
the English Proficiency Exam (E.P.E.), or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.) are
- Personal Financial Information sheet (provided by the Admissions Office).
The I-20 Form is provided only after a student is accepted and has demonstrated the
ability to pay tuition, room, board, and fees.