Campus Life and Service

Campus Life and Services

Ferrum College encourages and supports student participation in a wide variety of   co-curricular activities designed to complement the classroom experience.  The primary purpose of the Office of Student Affairs involves implementation of program opportunities which promote a balanced living and learning environment throughout the campus community.  Based on this philosophy, the various departments within Student Affairs implement programs that address the developmental needs (social, recreational, educational, and cultural) and personal needs of each student.  As a result, “education” is much more than the facts learned from a textbook or lecture; it includes the development of the total person.

Student Leadership and Engagement

Students can develop leadership potential, leadership skills, and career related learning, but best of all have fun by participating in co-curricular activities sponsored by the Student Leadership and Engagement Office.  The purpose of the Student Leadership and Engagement Office is to personalize and broaden educational experiences.  Students, faculty, and staff are involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of programs and leadership opportunities.  The utilization of student ideas, input, and involvement is vital to the development of a balanced programming format.

Religious Life

As an institution of higher education related to The United Methodist Church, Ferrum College seeks to create an environment which fosters spiritual growth and development.  Students from all religious traditions are invited to participate in programs that have as their goal the celebration of our religious beliefs and values and their impact upon our lives and our world.

Ferrum employs a full-time Dean of the Chapel who is available to assist students with the transition to college life and to enable them to deal with questions of faith which may arise on that journey. 

Worship has always been a vital part of the Judeo-Christian experience.  Ferrum offers  contemporary, interdenominational worship services based on the Christian faith on a weekly basis.  Ferrum’s student led Praise and Worship Team leads the music in the weekly praise service.  Through this service, students, faculty and community participants can celebrate God’s actions in their lives.  Vaughn Chapel remains open throughout the week for students, offering a place for quiet reflection upon their spiritual journeys.

In addition to the campus service, the communities surrounding Ferrum offer worship services for most of the major faith traditions.  The Office of the Dean of the Chapel can assist students in finding the church or synagogue of their choice.

Other more informal opportunities for religious and spiritual growth are offered through Ferrum Christian Fellowship and Mu Sima Chi, two student organizations offering Bible studies, social gatherings, service projects, retreats, and specialized spiritual growth opportunities.  National and international mission trips are offered yearly allowing students the opportunity to experience hands-on mission work.

Ferrum College offers the Christian Ministries Center (known around campus as the Lighthouse).  The Lighthouse offers students a place to relax with friends, have group meetings and Bible studies, cook dinner, as well as have personal quiet time.  The building includes two large screen TVs, surround sound entertainment system, pool table, eight inch chess set, laundry, full kitchen, as well as wireless Internet.  Also in the Lighthouse is the Wright Meditation room, offering students a place for quiet meditation.  Located behind the Lighthouse are a horseshoe pit and open field for weekend gatherings and recreation.

The Community Action Center, under the direction of the Service Learning Committee, directs the community service program of the College.  Working with clubs and organizations, Volunteer Services provides opportunities to work with the Society of St. Andrew’s Gleaning program, the American Red Cross Bloodmobiles, and the national “Into the Streets” program.  Local service opportunities include the Latch Key program at Ferrum Elementary School and numerous trips per week to the Henry Fork Service Center.  Also, student volunteers, along with Bonner Scholars, help staff the Saint James Community Center’s food and clothing program, as Ferrum College attempts to live out its motto “Not Self But Others.”

Fine Arts and Cultural Series

Ferrum College offers a wide variety of cultural programs for the campus and the community.  The Mitchell Seminar, the Women’s Leadership Conference, and the Business Symposium are among the major invited lectures each year.  In past years, the National Players, Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, and Namu Lwanga performed on campus.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) of Ferrum College is composed of all currently enrolled Ferrum students.  The SGA leadership is elected by the student body each spring following the guidelines and procedures outlined in the SGA Constitution and Bylaws.  The SGA promotes student involvement in the governance of the College and enhances the living-learning environment of the campus community through sponsoring of social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs; and provides effective communication channels between students and the College.

Clubs and Organizations

Students are eligible and encouraged to participate in one or more of the various student clubs and organizations. These groups are involved in service projects, activities, and programs related to academic majors, as well as a wide variety of special interests. A complete listing of clubs and organizations is available in the Student Handbook.  The Student Leadership and Engagement office serves to connect students to clubs and organizations. Hazing or inappropriate treatment of club members is strictly prohibited. The hazing policy is outlined in the Student Handbookunder Special Policies.

Campus media organizations are a vital link in establishing meaningful communication throughout the campus community. Through the Iron Blade (student newspaper), the Chrysalis (student literary magazine), and FerrumRadio.com, a student can gain valuable experience as a writer, editor, disc jockey, and photographer. Most College media organizations are under the direction of the Communications Board which is composed of students, faculty, and staff. 

Performing Arts

Ferrum College believes that student performances are an important element of a total education experience.  The College, therefore, supports a wide variety of student performing groups, including gallery art shows, major drama productions, Concert Choir, the Handbell Ensemble, the Ferrum College Instrumental Ensemble, the Ferrum College Gospel Choir, the Ferrum College Collegiates, the Jack Tale Players, and the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre.

Many students wish to develop their talents in music and theatre while at Ferrum although they do not plan full-time careers in these fields.  They may select individual courses in these performing arts or may choose to complete a minor.  It is also possible to have concentrated study in two areas of the fine arts or to major in theatre arts.

Academic and Professional Organizations

National honor societies at Ferrum include Alpha Chi for junior and senior students; Lambda Sigma for sophomore students; Alpha Delta Mu for social work majors; Alpha Mu Gamma for foreign language students; Psi Chi for psychology students; Phi Alpha Theta for history students; Kappa Delta Pi for education students and Kappa Pi for art students.  There is also a professional language organization for Russian students, Students in Free Enterprise (S.I.F.E.), Agriculture Club, Chemistry Club (including Student Affiliate membership in the American Chemical Society), Recreation Club, Sigma Psi Delta, English Club, Criminal Justice Club, Political Science Association, Psychology Club, Social Work Club, Art Club, and Student Virginia Education Association.


The college offers a wide variety of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women students.  Men’s programs include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, golf, lacrosse, and tennis.  Women’s intercollegiate teams include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, softball, tennis, soccer, swimming and volleyball.  Cheerleading teams are open to men and women.

Perhaps the most popular participatory activity on campus is the program of intramural sports and activities for men and women.  Intramural teams compete in basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and other sports.

The fitness center, swimming pool, tennis courts, weight room, and other athletic facilities are available on a regular basis for formal and informal participation.

Ferrum has a consistent winning record in athletics.  The College competes in intercollegiate activities as a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  The College is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference.

Honors and Awards

The Algernon-Sydney Sullivan Award is presented annually to a student in recognition of spiritual qualities practically applied to daily living.

The James T. Catlin, Jr., Citizenship Award is presented to the graduate who has best demonstrated qualities for citizenship and general leadership ability.
The Lillie Warwick Slaven Award is awarded to the student who exemplifies the ideals of the ministerial profession and has provided outstanding student leadership at Ferrum.

The Arthur S. Owens Leadership Award in Human Services is presented annually to a junior or senior student who demonstrates qualities of outstanding character, leadership, initiative, and honor.

Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, a national publication, invites the college to select a limited number of students annually for recognition based upon excellence in scholarship, leadership, and participation in educational and extracurricular activities, general citizenship and service to the college, and promise of future usefulness to society.

Each spring an awards ceremony, leadership banquet, and an athletic banquet are held to recognize achievement in academic disciplines, co-curricular activities, and athletics.

Counseling Services


Personal counseling by professional counselors is available to all students through the Tri-Area Community Health Center at Ferrum.  Counselors help students to achieve academic and personal goals and to provide additional support during stressful times.  The focus of services is on short-term, problem solving counseling (4-6 sessions).  If a student is in need of long-term therapy, the Counselor will make a referral to a therapist for in-depth therapeutic counseling.  Students are assured that all counseling services are confidential between the student and counselor unless the counselor believes that the student is in imminent danger to hurt her/himself or others.


Career Services Office (CSO)

The Career Services Office’s primary purpose and mission is to assist Ferrum students and alumni in developing, evaluating, and implementing career, graduate or professional school and/or employment plans.  Each student’s career development is a life-long process that can be learned and managed. A comprehensive four-year program of career development at Ferrum College includes the following elements: self-assessment, career/academic major choice, successful educational and experiential learning involvement, and learning and implementing the employment or graduate school process.  Each year, from the Freshman through Senior classes, there are activities that are developmentally appropriate for students to engage them in the career planning process.

The Career Services Office staff offers individual and group advisement, interactive computer assessment (FOCUS V.2), resume reviews, job market reviews, mock interviews (using videotape critique), graduate school planning, and training in all aspects of the employment search process.  The Career Services Office website provides information on career planning programs (“What Can I Do With This Major?”; “Occupational Outlook Handbook”, etc.) and employment search activities.  The website also includes links to employer websites, CCN (College Central Network) job search site, resume storage, and e-mail deliveries to employers of choice; link to free practice test opportunity for the Graduate and Professional School entrance tests; and job notices received from employers.

Opportunities for externships (shadowing experiences), internships, and the alumni networking provide excellent practical experiences for students.  The Career Services Office also provides a career week focusing on career planning for underclassmen and employment search programs for upperclassmen, a career research library, on-line employment seeking resources and four career fairs each year.

The CSO is located in the Career and Leadership Center in the lower level of Franklin Hall.  If you have questions about the Career Services Office’s programs, contact the office at 540-365-4259.


Personal well-being is a key ingredient to a successful college experience.  As part of the enrollment process, each student is required to have an up-to-date health form and immunization record on file at the College prior to enrollment at Ferrum.

Health Forms

Personal well-being is a key ingredient to a successful college experience. As part of the enrollment process, each student is required to have an up-to-date health form and immunization record on file at the College prior to enrollment at Ferrum.

Tri-Area Community Health Center at Ferrum

The Tri-Area Community Health Center at Ferrum, located in lower Vaughn Chapel, provides health counseling and treatment for students experiencing health-related problems. A full staff including a doctor, nurse practitioner, x-ray and lab technicians, nurses and support staff are available.  In 2007, services were expanded to include a full service pharmacy.  

Students are required to obtain health insurance if they are not covered under a personal insurance policy. The College offers a policy for those who are not covered otherwise. Although all costs associated with visits to the Health Center shall be the responsibility of the student, insurance claims will be handled by the Health Center.

Residential Education

Ferrum College is a residential institution of higher education.  Research has shown that academic, social, emotional, and cultural growth among college students is enhanced by residential programs.  Therefore, all full-time students are expected to live on campus.  Any exception to this policy requires a formal petition (called a Residency Requirement Waiver) to be filled out and given to the Dean of Students, with approval granted by a faculty-staff committee chaired by the Dean of Students (or designee).

Student Responsibilities

Each student is expected to exercise good judgment and consideration in his or her interactions with other students and members of the college community.  Personal integrity is assumed and once a student is admitted to Ferrum College, it is expected that he or she will conduct himself or herself honorably and will abide by the Community Code and Standards outlined in the Ferrum College Student Handbook.  The Ferrum College Community Code states: In reaching toward the full development of our individual potential as persons and toward a high quality of life as a community of people, we of Ferrum College recognize the following basic principles as obligations to ourselves and to our community:

  • - Personal responsibility for achievement in our work, study, and activities on campus.
  • - Care for the assistance to colleagues on campus in fulfillment of their responsibilities.
  • - Vigilance in respect for the rights of all members of the campus community.
  • - Protection and preservation of personal and community property, resources, and heritage.
  • - Worthy participation in the wider community beyond the campus.

To ensure the successful implementation of the Community Code, the students, faculty, and staff have designed Community Standards of Conduct. The standards are designed to assist members of the college community in reaching their highest potential.

The College reserves the right to exclude any student who acts in an undesirable manner, or who does not benefit from the College programs.  Students are advised that it is their responsibility to familiarize themselves with all College policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook, which can be accessed online at www.ferrum.edu/online_documents.aspx.

Student Residence Halls

The College provides a variety of residence hall living environments in which students have an opportunity to experience different lifestyles and responsibilities while in attendance at Ferrum.

To aid in the development of a living-learning environment, residence halls are staffed with qualified professional staff and student staff members.  The residence hall staff work cooperatively with all offices of the college to develop a comprehensive program.

Residence hall rooms are equipped with beds, desks, closets, dressers, and chairs.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide trash cans, draperies, lamps, rugs, linens, pillows, etc.

Students may bring televisions, stereos, radios, refrigerators (no more than 5 cubic feet), microwave ovens (up to 700 watts), and other items to personalize their rooms.  All electrical appliances must be approved by the residence hall staff prior to installation.

Community Standards and Judicial Education

All students are expected to abide by the Ferrum College Community Standards and Residence Hall Policies as developed by the community for the community as stated in the Student Handbook, which can be accessed online at www.ferrum.edu/online_documents.aspx.  These standards are developed with the input of students and are meant to establish a residential learning community in which students are responsible for their actions at all times.

Judicial Education is based on the statements outlined in the Ferrum College Student Handbook.  Judicial Education is meant to be an educational tool for self-growth.  It is the objective of Judicial Education to assist in modifying those behaviors deemed unacceptable in order that a positive environment can exist.  A detailed description of Judicial Education may be reviewed online in the Student Handbook.

The Honor System

Ferrum College’s honor system is based on the philosophy that academic endeavor is undermined by cheating, plagiarism, or lying for academic advantage.  The Honor Board is made up of faculty and student members and hears cases related to the above violations.  The full honor policy can be found online in the Student Handbook at www.ferrum.edu/online_documents.aspx.  Students are responsible for following its provisions.

Student Internal Complaint System

Please refer to the Student Handbook at www.ferrum.edu/online_documents.aspx.

Student Services and Information


Dining Service - Franklin Hall Dining Hall

The cost of meals is included in the College’s comprehensive fee for residential students. We offer “Meal Plan B” as our standard meal plan. This plan includes 15 meals per week in our dining hall and $225.00 in dining dollars to be used in the Dining Hall, Subway, Starbucks or  Papa John's per semester.  All meal plans include three guest meals per semester.

Upon request we offer “Meal Plan A” which includes 19 meals per week in our dining hall and $75.00 in dining dollars to be used in the Dining Hall, Subway, Starbucks or Papa John's per semester.

Exception:  Resident students approved to live in Ferrum Village or Hillcrest Apartments have an additional option to the assigned Meal Plan B and the optional Meal Plan A.  These students may request Meal Plan M (10 meals per week in our dining hall and $225.00 in dining dollars to be used in the Dining Hall, Subway, Starbucks or Papa John's per semester) with a slight reduction in Room and Board fee.

"Meal Plan U" includes unlimited meals in our Dining Hall and $250.00 in dining dollars to be use in the Dining Hall, Subway, Starbucks or Papa John's per semester. The cost of Meal Plan U is an additional $375.00 per semester and payment must be made prior to being enrolled in this meal plan option.  Payments for this meal plan will be handled through the Student Accounts Office (1-540-365-4239).

Meals for the week begin on Sunday and end on Saturday.  Dining dollars are not carried from one semester to another and must be used by the end of the semester they are issued. Meals are served to resident students upon presentation of a valid identification card.

Hours when classes are in session are as follows:

Monday – Thursday

  • Breakfast    7:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  
  • Light Breakfast    9:46 a.m. – 10:59 a.m.  
  • Lunch    11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.  
  • Light Lunch    2:16 p.m. – 4:29 p.m.  
  • Dinner    4:30 pm. – 7:00 p.m.  

The dining hall will close at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday – Sunday

  • Brunch    10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
  • Dinner    4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Shirts and shoes are required in the dining hall. After dining, all diners are requested to return plates and utensils to the dish room window.

Non-resident students have two options for purchasing meals. They may set up a debit card account in Franklin Hall’s Dining Service Office to purchase meals (based on cash prices) in the Dining Hall, Subway, Starbucks or Papa John's per semester. Deposits to the debit card account must be in the form of cash or check. As a second option, non-resident students (who are approved to live off campus) may purchase a non-resident plan through Student Accounts.

Plan C – $475.00 per semester for 5 meals per week, plus $75 per semester in “dining dollars”.

Cash payments for individual meals are also accepted in the Dining Hall, Subway, Starbucks or Papa John's per semester.

The student I.D. is used as a student’s meal card/debit card. A student will not be allowed to complete meal transactions without his or her valid I.D.

There are limited options for students who forget to bring an I.D. for dining hall transactions:

  1. Pay cash for the meal.
  2. Have another student, who has a card with sufficient Dining Dollars, pay for  the meal.
  3. Retrieve the I.D. card from an on-campus location and return for dining hall entry.
  4. Purchase a new Ferrum College identification card.

During inclement weather when classes are cancelled or delayed, the dining hall hours will be adjusted. If all classes are cancelled, the dining hall will open at 10:00 a.m. If classes are delayed, the dining hall will open one (1) hour prior to the start of classes. On days when classes are cancelled or delayed, the dining hall may close at 6:00 p.m. based on employee availability.

Papa John’s Pizza – Franklin Hall (lower level)

Papa John’s Pizza is owned and operated by the College.  Cash, checks and dining dollars are accepted.  When classes are in session the hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday    11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  
  • Saturday – Sunday    4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

On campus delivery is available from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday – Saturday.  Papa John’s Pizza will be open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays for special events.

Subway – Franklin Hall (lower level)

Subway is owned and operated by the College. Cash, dining dollars, debit cards, and credit cards (commuter students) are accepted. Hours when classes are in session are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday    11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  
  • Saturday – Sunday    4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Subway will be open at 11:00 a.m. for special events on Saturday.

Post Office

All students are assigned mail boxes at the post office in Franklin Hall.  Official mail from the College will be sent to this box for students.  All students are expected to check campus mail boxes at regular intervals.  Students who do not return the mail box key at the end of their final semester will be assessed a $25 key replacement fee.


Students wishing transportation to and from mass transit terminals in Roanoke should make arrangements with a friend in advance of their trip. The Ferrum Express is a free service that is also open to the public. Maps and Schedules can be found online at www2.ferrum.edu/express.

E-Mail and Internet Access

Students are provided e-mail addresses and have access to the Internet via computers available in Garber and Beckham Halls, Stanley Library, residence hall labs, or through their own computer.

Cable Television

Cable television service is available in each residence hall room on campus at no additional charge.  Additional information about cable television services will be mailed to students over the summer months.  Contact the Help Desk, Stanley Library for additional information.

Vacation Policy

During Fall and Easter Breaks, residential students wishing to stay in their assigned Residence Hall rooms must make their request by the stated deadline before the break starts, in writing to, and receive written approval from, the Dean of Students (or designee).  The college dining hall will be closed during these breaks.  Any person entering into halls without written permission will be considered trespassing and may be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion.  Students are not permitted to have guests on campus when staying for breaks.

During Thanksgiving, Winter Semester, and Spring Breaks, the residence halls will be closed and will not be staffed.  Residence halls are considered closed and will not be staffed.  Persons entering into halls without permission will be considered trespassing.  Students living in Hillcrest, Ferrum Village East, and Ferrum Village West are permitted to remain in their apartments during these breaks; however, they must receive written permission from the Dean of Students (or designee).

Departure at the End of the Academic Year

Students completing final examinations must depart from the College within 24 hours from the time they finish their last exam unless they are involved in approved graduation activities or immediately beginning summer employment.  Special permission to remain on campus may be granted by the Dean of Students (or designee) at the request of the student.  All College standards apply as long as the student remains on campus.  Students are not permitted to have guests on campus during the time between final exams and graduation.  Students violating College standards will be asked to leave campus immediately and may face judicial sanctions.

Motor Vehicles

A student may keep a motor vehicle on campus, provided it is properly registered with the Police Department and is operated in a safe and orderly fashion.  It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students to familiarize themselves with all College vehicle regulations, as well as all applicable state laws regulating the use of motor vehicles.  Temporary decals are available in the College Police Office for short-term vehicle use.

No inoperable vehicles may be stored or parked on the premises.  All vehicles must maintain a current license and be currently registered with all appropriate authorities and jurisdictions.