Get a head start on academic success! 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!
FOCUS 2014: Sunday, August 3rd - Friday, August 15th
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 149 Wellness Concepts,
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.)
Fees and Schedule Information
The fee for the FOCUS experience is $1095, which includes tuition, room & board, and
all FOCUS activity fees. Textbooks and student supplies are not included. Please
note: space in FOCUS 2014 is limited, a deposit of $250.00 must be received by Friday,
July 11th to guarantee your space.
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, 5/31; Friday,
6/27; Monday, 7/14; or Friday, 7/25.
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
Downloadable FOCUS Application
To reserve your space in FOCUS 2014, please complete the program application - PDF
file found at the link below - and submit it no later than Friday, July 11th.
2014 FOCUS Flyer & Application
Please note: In order for your FOCUS application to be reviewed and processed, all
incoming student assessments must be completed on Panther Tracks.
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 email@example.com