Catalog 2011 - 2012

An Invitation 

Students, parents, alumni and friends are cordially invited to visit the campus. Visitors should come to Spilman-Daniel House (see map, inside back cover) for information and assistance. The Admissions Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and, by appointment, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday during the academic year, except during holiday weekends. Admissions personnel are available other times by appointment. For further information or to make an appointment, write: Dean of Admissions, Spilman-Daniel House, Ferrum College, 
P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA, 24088-9000. 

Telephone: (540) 365-4290 | Toll Free: 1-800-868-9797 | admission@ferrum.edu 

Ferrum College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran status, gender, sex, disability, or any other protected status in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. Ferrum College affirms the dignity and worth of every individual regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate harassment or discrimination toward any individual. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, John Wesley Hall 208, Ferrum College, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA, 24088-9000; (540) 365-4235. Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to: Office for Civil Rights, D.C., U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 14620, Washington, D.C. 20044; (202) 208-2545, TDD; (202) 208-7797. OCR encourages use of e-mail or fax to communicate with OCR whenever possible. Also, complainants may file a complaint with OCR online or by email (ocr@ed.gov). 


Consumer Information 

The following is a partial list of consumer information available to all students upon request: campus security report; drug and alcohol prevention information; Family Education Rights and Privacy Act provisions; drug-free workplace information; athletic participation rates and financial support data; and completion of graduation rates and transfer-out rate for the general student body. In addition, the following financial assistance information is available upon request: information concerning financial aid programs; student eligibility requirements and criteria for selecting recipients; the rights and responsibilities of students receiving aid; cost-of-attendance information; and a complete statement of the school’s refund policy including examples of the application of the refund policy; and information concerning the eligibility of students for financial aid funds for study-abroad programs approved for credit by Ferrum College.

Ferrum College Catalog 2011 – 2012



Ferrum College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia  30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500, for questions about the accreditation of Ferrum College.

Ferrum College is accredited by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church and is a member of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.

The social work program receives accreditation visits from its national professional organization, and the teacher education program is regularly evaluated and approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ferrum College also holds membership in:

  • Appalachian College Association
  • The College Board
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • National Collegiate Athletics Association
  • National Collegiate Honors Council
  • The Virginia College Fund

Mailing Address and Telephone

Ferrum College, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000
(540) 365-2121  TDD# (540) 365-4614
website: http://www.ferrum.edu

Please direct all questions relating to currently enrolled students to the Academic Resources Center: (540) 365-4529.

Academic Calendar 2011 – 2012

Fall Semester 2011


Monday, August 29

Classes begin

Friday, September 2

Last Day to Add Classes 

Friday, September 23

Last Day to Drop w/o Penalty 

Wednesday, October 12

Last Day of First ½ Semester Classes

Wednesday, October 12, 5 PM

Mid-term Grades Due

Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16

Fall Break 

Monday, October 17

Classes resume

Monday, October 17

First Day of Second ½ Semester Classes

Friday, October 21

Last Day to Add ½ Semester Classes

Tuesday, November 8

Last Day to Drop with a WP/WF

Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 27

Thanksgiving Break (begins after last class Friday, November 18)

Monday, November 28

Classes resume

Monday, December 5  

Follow Friday’s schedule

Tuesday, December 6,

Last day of classes Follow Thursday’s Schedule

Wednesday, December 7 – Monday, December 12

Exam period

Wednesday, December 14, 5pm

Grades due



Spring Semester 2012


Monday, January 9

Classes begin

Friday, January 13

Last Day to Add Classes & E-term

Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King Holiday programs (classes follow Compressed schedule)

Friday, February 3

Assessment Day (Classes follow Compressed Schedule)

Friday, February 3

Last Day to Drop w/o Penalty

Friday, February 3

Last day to drop an E-term class w/o fee obligation

Friday, February 24

End of First ½ Semester Classes

Friday, February 24   5PM

Mid-term Grades Due

February 25-Sunday, March 4

Spring Break  Saturday, (begins after last class Friday, February 24

Monday,  March 5

Classes resume 

Monday, March 5

First Day of Second ½ Semester Classes

Tuesday, March 27

Last Day to Drop Classes with a WP/WF

Friday, April 6 – Monday, April 9

Easter Break (begins after last class Thursday, April 5)

Tuesday, April 10

Classes resume

Friday, April 20

Last day of class

Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27

Exam period

Monday, April 30, Noon 

Grades due

Friday, May 4


Saturday, May 5 




Three-Week Term


Monday , May 7

Check in for E-term

Tuesday, May 8

Classes begin

Friday, May 25

Last day of classes

Tuesday, May 29   Noon

Grades Due.