Experiential Term (E-Term) at Ferrum College is your opportunity for hands-on learning experiences.
What is E-Term at Ferrum College?
Experiential Term (E-Term) is a three week term in the month of May, which offers a variety experiential courses for all students enrolled at Ferrum College. Courses offered in E-Term reflect the breadth of our curriculum, and cover a number of general education and major requirements. The intensity of the E-Term allows students and faculty an opportunity to take a hands-on, experiential approach to learning, and to break the mold of the traditional classroom course.
Every Ferrum College student is required to take at least one E-Term course, and many take more than one. Our offerings change each year, so explore this year’s courses and find the one that fits you best!
E-Term courses offer students various opportunities:
Most courses offered do not require pre-requisites and are appropriate for students entering their second or third year of college. Ferrum College students are required to take, and pass, one E-Term course in order to graduate. There are no additional tuition or room/board costs attached to E-Term. If a student wishes to take more than two E-Term courses, tuition and room/board costs will be applicable. Any costs for travel, lab cost, etc. in an E-Term course will be listed with the course description during spring registration.
When do students take E-Term classes?
Students register for E-Term courses when they register for spring classes, but they do not attend the E-Term class until the first week of May. E-Term is offered the three weeks immediately following graduation each year. Students are housed on the Ferrum College campus during E-Term, and all of the resources expected during the academic year will be available. Any activities offered outside of the courses will be designed with course offerings in mind.
Currently enrolled/full-time students will register for E-Term courses when they register for spring semester. The last day for currently enrolled full-time students to register for E-Term is the last add date during the first week of spring semester. Students must register for a minimum of 12 hours for the regular spring semester. An E-Term course will not count in those 12 hours but could put a student in an “overload” status for spring semester if the student registers for 18-19 hours and then registers for an E-Term course. The last day to drop an E-Term course is the first day of the E-Term classes. Students who drop out their E-Term course after the drop date, are obligated to all fees attached to the course.
Students are required to enroll and successfully complete their E-Term course before achieving senior status in order not to delay graduation. Part-time students must register by the “last day to ADD” the first week of spring semester (the add/drop week). Part-time students will be charged for a course during E-Term at the same credit hour rate as they are during the long semester.
How many E-Term classes are required?
All Ferrum Students are required to take a minimum of ONE E-Term course prior to senior status.
What are the important E-Term deadlines?
- Students must register for an E-Term course when registering for the spring semester; however, they must register for a minimum of 12 hours for the regular spring semester as an E-term course will not count in the spring hours. Registration for spring semester is November 5-9, 2019. The course fee will be added to the student’s account when they register for the course.
- Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE E-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 are available (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed with the financial aid office. Deadline for the scholarship application is November 15, 2019.
- A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required for courses with a fee of $2000 or more and is due no later than December 13, 2019 to student accounts. Deposits not paid by this deadline will result in the E-Term course being dropped from the student’s schedule. E-Term scholarships granted will also be permanently lost should the dropping of an E-Term class become necessary for failure to pay the deposit and/or dropping the course. The $500 deposit is forfeited if a student drops/withdraws from any E-Term class after December 13, 2019.
- Arrangements to pay outstanding student account balances for the fall semester must be in place and current to register for an E-term course. Arrangements must also be in place to cover spring semester balances (including E-term class), prior to spring semester check-in. The cost of E-Term is part of the charges for the spring semester and the balance in full (if no other pending sources – Scholarships, Loans, Tuition Management Systems payment plans, etc.) is due December 13, 2019.
- If a student adds an E-Term class after December 13, 2020, they must pay the $500 deposit (if applicable) prior to the E-Term course being added to their schedule. Students who register for an E-Term class after spring semester check-in must also have payment arrangements in place immediately to cover E-Term fees.
- The last day to add an E-term class is January 17, 2020.
- The last day to drop an E-term class is February 7, 2020.
- Students are obligated for all course fees if still enrolled after February 7, 2020. If a student withdraws after February 7, 2020, the student is still obligated for the full course fee.
- E-Term travel scholarships may only be applied to costs for E-Term travel and will be rescinded if the student does not actually go on the trip, leaving the student fully responsible for the travel fee.Students receiving any other college sponsored scholarship to be applied to an E-Term travel course are not eligible to receive this need-based scholarship.
- Unless already awarded a need-based scholarship to help offset the cost of E-term travel, arrangements to cover the entire cost must be made. Students will not be allowed to participate in an E-term course unless all prearranged financial obligations have been satisfied.
Are there any scholarships available for E-Term?
- Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 are available (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed with the financial aid office. Deadline for the scholarship application is November 16, 2019. E-Term travel scholarships may only be applied to costs for E-Term travel and will be rescinded if the student does not actually go on the trip, leaving the student fully responsible for the travel fee. Students receiving any other college sponsored scholarship to be applied to an E-Term travel course are not eligible to receive this need-based scholarship.
- Scholarship applications should be filled out online by clicking here.
Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes, in Richeson, Room 4.
- Members of the Boone Honors Program should see Dr. Lana Whited in Britt, Room 200 to apply for the travel scholarship and for additional deadline information.
- Scholarship applications should be filled out online by clicking here.
Questions concerning E-Term may be directed to: