Focus (First Opportunity for College Undergraduate Success)
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 2016: Sunday, July 31st - Friday, August 12th
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.)
Space is limited!
To ensure students who enroll in FOCUS receive as much personal attention as possible,
we have capped the program at 35 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 $1095, which includes tuition, room & board, and
all FOCUS activity fees. Textbooks and student supplies are not included.
Please note: space in FOCUS 2016 is limited, a deposit of $250.00 must be received
by Friday, July 22nd to guarantee your space.
Payment plan: $550 must be received by Sunday, July 31st. 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, 5/31; Friday,
6/24; Monday, 7/11; or Friday, 7/22.
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
Past Partcipants Share Their Experience
To reserve your space in FOCUS 2016, please complete the program application and submit it no later thanFriday, July 22nd.