About Ferrum College

/About Ferrum College
About Ferrum College2022-01-27T18:02:31+00:00
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Legacy of Ferrum College

Founded in 1913, Ferrum College is a private liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church, offering liberal arts and professional programs such as business, recreation leadership, musical theatre, agriculture, environmental science, teacher education, and criminal justice. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, numerous lakes, rivers and state parks, Ferrum College provides an outstanding educational experience in a setting of rich natural beauty.

At Ferrum College every student’s education is impacted by the natural world. Ferrum has one of the oldest environmental science programs in the country and offers internship and research opportunities in all majors. The Boone Honors Program fosters the exploration of intellectual, social, and ethical issues. Ferrum College is the only private college in Virginia with an academic program in agricultural science. The College’s Blue Ridge Institute and Museum is a state repository for Virginia Folklore and provides an important link to history and culture of the Blue Ridge region of Appalachia. Ferrum students are known for their commitment to service and community action, as expressed in the College motto, “Not Self, But Others”.

The Ferrum College Mission

We are a dynamic learning community where students enter with promise and leave with purpose.


Inspire everyone to do good work, build good futures, and live good lives.

Core Values

  1. Generosity of spirit
  2. Community that connects and inspires
  3. Opportunity, regardless of background
  4. Resilience through innovation and resourcefulness

Our Goals

  1. Provide pathways to meaningful work.
  2. Make education attainable.
  3. Stay connected for a lifetime.

Our Methodist Heritage

Bell Tower at Vaughn ChapelFerrum College is a liberal arts institution founded on Christian principles and related to the United Methodist Church. We commit ourselves to developing the whole student, both in openness to a wide range of intellectual discovery, and in the physical, spiritual, and social aspects of life. Read more about our Methodist heritage here.


Ferrum College is  accredited  by  the  Southern  Association  of  Colleges  and  Schools  Commission  on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and education specialist degrees. Questions  about  the  accreditation  of Ferrum College may  be  directed  in  writing  to  the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website.

Ferrum College is accredited by University Senate of the United Methodist Church and is a member of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church. View additional accreditation and affiliation information here.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Ferrum College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran status, sex or handicap in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. Ferrum College affirms the dignity and worth of every individual regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate harassment or discrimination toward any individual.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at ascr.usda.gov, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.