Ferrum College

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P.O. Box 1000

Ferrum, VA 24088

Phone: (540) 365-2121
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#44 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Ferrum College is a private institution that was founded in 1913. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,510, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 700 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ferrum College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 44. Its tuition and fees are $28,585 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Preparing students for a lifetime of success and learning, Ferrum College offers an ideal environment for academic and personal growth. A Ferrum education combines innovative instruction with experiential learning in an array of professional and liberal arts majors. Amid the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Ferrum College experience builds career skills while guiding students to become caring and concerned citizens in an ever-changing world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1913
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $39,512,262


When applying to Ferrum College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Ferrum College is $25. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 92.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 92.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ferrum College is 16:1, and the school has 57.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ferrum College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Work; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 54.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 26%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Social Work 10%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

Ferrum College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,510, with a gender distribution of 54.6 percent male students and 45.4 percent female students. At this school, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. Ferrum College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,510
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Ferrum College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ferrum College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ferrum College, 87 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ferrum College.

Students who have cars on campus 87%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ferrum College, 95.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,418.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $28,585 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,577 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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