Panther PAWS

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What is Panther PAWS?

Panther PAWS is an event involving new students and their parents or other family members. New Ferrum families come to campus for a day to make new friends, learn about the college, and meet administrators, professors, and staff members.

What can Panther PAWS do for you?

  • Introduce you to other Ferrum Students,
  • introduce you to many of the people who will work with you here,
  • help you and your parents or family members learn about services provided by the college,
  • and give you the opportunity to talk with faculty about the academic program and classes at Ferrum.


Who should come to Panther PAWS?

All students who have been admitted to Ferrum College and have paid their $250 deposits must come to one of the PAWS sessions, which are scheduled throughout the summer. Parents, guardians, or one or two other family members are strongly encouraged to attend, as well.

Panther PAWS Dates for 2014

  • Saturday, May 31

  • Friday, June 27

  • Monday, July 14

  • Friday, July 25

  • Friday, August 8


How do you register for Panther PAWS?

Registration for PAWS is on-line through Panther Tracks. You must submit your confirmation deposit in order to be able to register for your preferred PAWS session.  Before registering, you will need to fill out the Course Preference Questionnaire. In addition, if you are a first-time freshman you must take the Student Readiness Inventory and follow any links that appear on your Panther Tracks page to indicate required placement tests. If you have completed all of these tasks and registered by the appropriate deadline, you will receive your fall semester class schedule during PAWS. We will send confirmation of your registration shortly before your scheduled PAWS session.

If you are attending the PAWS on: You must submit the Course Preference Questionnaire and SRI, complete any required placement tests, and register for PAWS by:
Saturday, May 31, 2014 Monday, May 12, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014 Monday, June 9, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014 Monday, June 23, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014 Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014 Monday, July 21, 2014

Sign in to Panther Tracks to get started.


What can you expect on PAWS day?

You should plan to arrive on campus and check into PAWS between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the Atrium of Franklin Hall, our student center.  To help you find your way, check out the campus map and directions to Ferrum.

An updated and complete schedule of the day's events will be distributed at Check-In, but a tentative overview of the day's activities is below.  Please note that you must plan to be on campus for PAWS activities throughout the day.

     9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Arrival and Check-In at the Atrium, Franklin Hall
     10:30 - 11:50 a.m. - Morning Information Sessions
     11:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch in Franklin Dining Hall
     12:45 - 1:50 p.m. - Afternoon Information Sessions
     2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Small Group Meetings for Students with Faculty
     2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Taking Care of Business (information and representatives from campus offices and programs)

Unfortunately, we cannot provide lodging on campus for PAWS participants.  See the local accommodations page if you need to find a place to stay overnight.


Is there a charge?

A charge of $85.00 will be applied to your student account for class registration and attendance at PAWS for you and up to two guests.  There is an extra charge of $20.00 per person for any additional PAWS guests beyond two. The fee will be added to your bill; you will not need to make this payment prior to or during PAWS.


Helpful Links

Campus Map

Driving Directions

Local Accommodations


How do you get more information?

You may contact Betsy Smith, Director of the PACE (Pathways: Advising, Connection, Exploration) Office at 540-365-4270 or at bsmith@ferrum.edu, or call the Admissions Office at (800) 868-9797 (option 1) with any questions you may have.