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Ferrum College Marks Another Year of Record Enrollment

College edges closer to 1,500 students in difficult recruitment environment.
Ferrum, Va. (September 2, 2010) – Ferrum College has set another record in fall enrollment numbers, the fifth consecutive year of significant growth. Ferrum expects to welcome over 600 new students for the new academic year, increasing total enrollment to more than 1,450 for the first time in 25 years. “We continue to see families who believe in a quality Ferrum College education,” said Gilda Woods, Director of Admissions.  “We are very appreciative that our students and their families recognize the value we offer at Ferrum in terms of our academic programs, facilities, amenities and services.”
Enrollment for 2010-2011 is over 55% higher than in 2004 when Ferrum President, Jennifer Braaten, first initiated an enrollment strategy that included improved facilities, more direct communication with prospective students and a strengthened academic plan.   “We offer our students a beautiful campus nestled in a gorgeous mountain setting, state of the art technology, and a broad array of curricular and extra-curricular activities,” says Braaten, “and we have an outstanding group of faculty, administrators and staff who are committed to our students.” Braaten sais she was especially proud of some of the “green” initiatives on campus that call for a proposed biomass boiler, to assist with heating and energy, a “farm-to-table” program that aims for 50-percent of all food served on campus to come from local sources, and a plan to engage students in a campus wide energy saving competition.
The College is opening the academic year with new and enriched programs in areas such as Environmental Planning and Development; Graphic Design; Eco-tourism; Health and Human Performance; and Democracy, Justice and Civic Engagement.  These offerings, along with popular majors in environmental science, business administration, criminal justice, teacher education and pre-professional science, comprise a vigorous academic program that draws prospective students and culminates in well- prepared graduates with multiple career and graduate school choices.
The new men’s lacrosse team will begin NCAA Division III play this fall. “We will have a full roster of players,” said Athletic Director Abe Naff. We may be a start-up program, but we’ve had ample interest from high quality players from as far away as Texas and Colorado. We believe Ferrum will field a strong team in its inaugural year,” said Naff.

To accommodate growth, several apartment-style residence halls have been added to campus in the last five years. In addition, Papa John’s restaurant opened in 2010 in the food court area of Franklin Hall, next to the popular Subway restaurant. “We continue to upgrade our offerings to give our students what they need,” says President Braaten, who noted, “We also remain highly competitive as one of the most affordable private colleges in Virginia because of our strong financial aid/work study program.”