Academic Engagement and Success


Contact the departments below for more information on how you can become an empowered, engaged learner!

Academic Accessibility

Some students may need additional assistance in achieving their academic goals, particularly if they have recieved accommodations during high school.  Students with documented learning differences are encouraged to contact Nancy Beach (nbeach@ferrum.edu), Director, with questions about accommodations and how to capitalize on the resources available to them. Documentation is handled and services are provided in a confidential manner compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Academic Resources Center

Students who need academic counseling, tutoring, study groups, and other resources are welcome to visit the Academic Resources Center, located on the lower level of Stanley Library. Students can obtain tutoring help via Peer Assisted Learning (PALs), specially trained student tutors, or work with faculty during specified days and times in theARC. The ARC provides spacious areas for study including computer access, and experienced staff are available to consult with students wishing to improve their probability of academic success. For more information, contact Susie Crow (scrow@ferrum.edu).

Experiential Term (E-Term)

Every Ferrum College student will complete at least one Experiential Term (E-Term) as part of their college experience. The E-Term provides students with a hands-on learning experience during a three-week course in May, and receive 2-4 hours of academic credit. E-Term courses are offered in a number of subjects, and students may be involved in research or classroom activities on or off campus (including domestic or  internaitonal travel). Contact E-Term Coordinator Susie Crow at scrow@ferrum.edu for more information.  


FOCUS (First Opportunity for College Undergraduate Success) is a two-week summer program designed to prepare students for the rigors college academics.  Students are able to three hours of academic credit through instruction and guidance from Ferrum College faculty and interactive activities. For more information and an application, please contact FOCUS coordinator Tom Steele (tsteele@ferrum.edu).

Learning Opportunities Program

Students and families who desire an extra layer of support during the first year of college will benefit from enrolling in the Learning Opportunities Program. This program iincludes weekly access to a professional Learning Consultant and private study rooms in close proximity to their residence hall rooms.  Students recieve one-on-one guidance throughout the first year with the goal of becoming independent learners throughout the rest of their college careers. Ronda Bryant (rbryant@ferrum.edu), Director or Sheree Thomas (sythomas@ferrum.edu), Learning Consultant, for more information on how to apply.  

PACE (Pathways: Advising, Connection Exploration)

The PACE Office assists new freshman and transfer students with their transition into college and provides support for students in navigating the acadmeic planning process. Students can access information about the PAWS program for entering freshmen, eight-semester plans, and course rotations by contacting PACE Director Betsy Smith (bsmith@ferrum.edu).

Stanley Library

The library is the academic center of any college campus! Whether you need to borrow a book, use a computer, access digital media, book a study space, get hel pwith research, or access digital media, the library is where you will find these resources. Stanley Libray is also the physical location for several classrooms and campus offices such as the Writing Center, Math Center, Academic Resources Center, Computer Help Desk, Accessibility Services, and PACE. For more information, contact Brandi Porter (bporter@ferrum.edu), Library Director.