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
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 2016
Saturday, May 21
Friday, June 24
Monday, July 11
Friday, July 22
Friday, August 5
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 (ACT Engage) 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 21, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
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.
You will be involved in PAWS activities throughout the day, until around 4:00 p.m.
A light breakfast will be available at Check-In, and lunch will be served in the dining
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?
Your $85.00 Freshman Fee will cover PAWS attendance for you and up to two guests.
This fee is charged to all first-year students and will be added to your bill. There
is an extra charge of $20.00 per person for any additional PAWS guests beyond two;
these will also be charged to your student account. You will not need to make any
payments prior to or during PAWS.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Admissions Office at (800) 868-9797 (option 1) with any questions you