Focus (First Opportunity for College Undergraduate Success)

Get a head start on academic success with the FOCUS Program. Join us for a two-week experience designed to help you prepare for the academic challenges at Ferrum College. During FOCUS (First Opportunity for College Undergraduate Success), you will work with Ferrum faculty members to enhance your skills and complete two academic courses; with the opportunity to earn three hours of academic credit towards graduation.

Join us in late summer for FOCUS and give yourself an academic jump-start. FOCUS is designed to give you a preview of the Ferrum College experience, while providing you with the individual academic support you need to enhance your skills and find success. During FOCUS, you will be enrolled in two academic courses, work closely with our freshman success faculty, and earn three credits toward graduation – all before the rush of the fall semester begins.

The first course (FER 105 Introduction to College Living and Learning, 2 credit hours) is focused on developing your college-level reading skills, along with improving your skills in either writing or mathematics. The second course (HHP 145, Rhythmics and Recreational Games, 1 credit hr.) enables you to complete a physical activity course, which is a requirement in Ferrum’s Liberal Arts Core. (Note: You must enroll in both courses if you wish to participate in FOCUS.)

Space is limited!

To ensure students who enroll in FOCUS receive as much personal attention as possible, we have capped the program at 30 seats. To reserve your space, send your application and payment right away. Do not miss out on this great opportunity!

Fees and Schedule Information

The fee for the FOCUS experience is $1145, which includes tuition, room & board, and all FOCUS activity fees. Textbooks and student supplies are not included.

Please note: space in FOCUS 2017 is limited, a deposit of $250.00 must be received by Friday, July 21st to guarantee your space.

Payment plan: $550 must be received by Sunday, July 30th. The balance due ($545) will be added to the student’s account and can be paid for during the fall semester.

Additionally, all freshmen student assessments must be completed on Panther Tracks in order for your FOCUS application to be reviewed and processed. Finally, students who choose to attend FOCUS must attend Panther PAWS before attending FOCUS. Date options for Panther PAWS are Saturday, 4/22; Saturday, 5/20, Friday, 6/23; or Monday, 7/10.

Students who participate in FOCUS will live on campus and attend classes Monday through Friday. Weekend activities will be scheduled. Students will be expected to attend weekend activities.

FOCUS Application

To reserve your space in FOCUS 2017, please complete the program application and submit it no later than Friday, July 21st.

You may fill out the online application or download a PDF version of the FOCUS flyer and application.

Please note: In order for your FOCUS application to be reviewed and processed, all incoming student assessments must be completed on Panther Tracks.

What Past Participants Have to Say About FOCUS

“You will never truly know the foundation you (FOCUS) built for me…That program set the corner stone for my time at Ferrum College.”

“The professors…will do everything in their power to help you succeed. I am so excited and feel very confident and prepared for this upcoming school year.”

“I came to FOCUS barely able to get thoughts down on paper and now I can write papers!”

“The atmosphere (at FOCUS) is great. I am now confident about school. I no longer feel as if I’m behind at all, thanks to FOCUS.”

For additional information about FOCUS, please contact:

Tom Steele, Coordinator of the FOCUS Program, by telephone at (540) 365-4443, or by e-mail at