Panther PAWS


PAWS picWhat 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 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 hall.

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.


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.