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Ferrum College Achieves Record Enrollment


Ferrum College Achieves Record Enrollment

 1,500 students began the fall semester as growth continues in academics, facilities and programs.

Ferrum, Va. (September 12, 2011) – Ferrum College has set another fall enrollment record, the highest in 25 years and the sixth consecutive year of significant growth.  The 1,500 students who began classes on August 29 include more than 650 new students.   Gilda Woods, Dean of Admissions, credits the hard work of the Admissions and Financial Aid staff and the faculty who assists in recruiting, and commended the students.

“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,” said Woods.

Ferrum’s enrollment has increased over 60% since 2004 when President, Jennifer Braaten initiated an enrollment strategy that included strengthening academic programs, improving classrooms and other existing facilities, constructing new residence halls, and enhancing communications with prospective students.

“We offer our students a beautiful campus in a gorgeous mountain setting, wonderful academic programs taught by dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art technology, and an array of exciting extra-curricular activities,” says Braaten, “Our emphasis is always on student success and we are pleased that our steady growth has allowed us to provide a wide variety of options for our students.”

Arriving students got a firsthand look at the results of summer building projects that include the installation of new science labs, new state-of-the-art “smart classrooms,” a renovated swimming pool to accommodate Women’s Swimming, the College’s newest NCAA Division III sport, and a full service Starbucks coffee shop at the campus bookstore. 

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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges.