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Ferrum College
Seal of Ferrum College
Motto Not Self, But Others
Established 1913
Type Private college
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment US $47.111269 [1]
President Dr. Jennifer Braatan
Provost Dr. Leslie Lambert
Faculty 250
Undergraduates 1,400
Location Ferrum, Virginia, USA
Campus Rural, 700 acres (2.8 km2)
Colors Black, Gold and White
Mascot Panther
Athletics NCAA Division III, USSAC
Website www.ferrum.edu

Ferrum College is a private college in Ferrum, Virginia, USA, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Ferrum College has the second-oldest environmental science program in the nation and was ranked 41st by US News and World Report in Comprehensive Colleges–Bachelor's (South) for 2006.[1] The college itself is on the Virginia Historic Register. Roberts Hall and Beckham Hall are part of the Ferrum College Historic District and listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.



Ferrum was founded in 1913. It is a liberal arts institution founded on Christian principles and related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum's official mission is to educate students in the disciplines of higher learning and to help them be thoughtful and perceptive, to be articulate and professionally capable, and to be caring and concerned citizens of their community, nation and world.

The branch schools closed as public education took hold in the area. The elementary division closed in the early 1940s, followed by the high school division in 1955 to allow the program to concentrate on its junior college offerings. The junior college received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1960.

The college experienced dramatic growth and facilities improvement in the 1960s and 1970s and began offering bachelor's degrees in a selection of human service fields in 1974. The college was awarded accreditation as a four-year college by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1976. The last associate degrees were awarded in 1991.

Today, Ferrum College offers bachelor's degrees in thirty-three major degree programs. The college continues to operate under the auspices of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of the Virginia Annual Conference.

In 2006 Ferrum College welcomed its largest class of new students since the 1980s and enrolled over 1,400 total students for the first time in ten years.


The Ferrum campus is located on 700 acres (2.8 km2) near the town of Ferrum, Virginia. The nearest large cities are Roanoke, Virginia (35 miles (56 km) miles northeast) and Greensboro, North Carolina (70 miles south).

Notable Buildings

The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, designated as the State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore by the Virginia General Assembly in 1986, is on the main campus near the Blue Ridge Farm Museum.

The Institute holds the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival on the fourth Saturday in October to showcase regional traditions. In 1999, the museum's collection of Great Road Pottery was featured on an episode of the American version of Antiques Roadshow.

Ferrrum's Schoolfield Hall is also home to the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre. Local legend has it that Schoolfield Hall is haunted.


Ferrum panther logo

Ferrum's sports teams participate in the NCAA's Division III in the USA South Athletic Conference (formerly the Dixie Conference). Its football team played in the Atlantic Central Football Conference from 1998 to 2000. Ferrum joined the NCAA Division III in 1985 after being previously classified as a junior college. Under head coach W.H. "Hank" Norton, Ferrum won the National Junior College Athletic Association national football championship four times (1965, 1968, 1974, 1977). Norton's last great team, in 1989, finished third overall in NCAA Division III, losing in the national semifinal to Dayton. This team featured the double-threat backfield of future AFC leading rusher Chris Warren and Freddie Stovall. The football team plays its home games at W.B. Adams Stadium.

Under future Evansville head basketball coach (who died in the December 1977 plane crash) Bobby Watson, Ferrum's basketball team was the national runner-up in 1972, losing in the NJCAA title game to Vincennes (Indiana) Junior College, led by future NBA great Bob McAdoo.

Many Ferrum alumni have competed in professional sports.[2]

Distinguished alumni in sports:

The Ferrum College Disc Golf Course

In the beginning of Ferrum's disc golf evolution, various students began playing a basic course around and across the campus of Ferrum College using trees, flag poles and other objects as make shift baskets. As more people began to participate, the idea was proposed to build a full 18 basket disc golf course along the wooded trails behind Bassett hall and Chapman field (Practice Field). The college approved and funded the endeavour with labor of students (honorable mention to Cory Maye) and local disc golf enthusiasts.

The course begins just across the wood bridge located behind the Burroughs tennis courts. Branching off to the right into the woods, the course snakes its way in a convoluted circle through its 18 holes, ending where it begins. A tie-breaker basket is also available on the exit from the woods. All baskets are ranked as 3 par, with a wide range of difficulties and challenges. On the course, one finds an assortment of holes with varying levels of difficulty. Hole 3, the "Falling Disc", for instance, consists of a long and straight drive downhill with the basket nestled to the right at the hills base. As such, it is an excellent hole for players who want to throw hard and far. Conversely, hole 5 offers a relatively short and straight drive. But with a moderate stand of trees on either side, the player is challenged by a fairly narrow window to throw through.

With each hole requiring its own distinct strategy, serious golfers will find their thought processes and rationality sharpened in regards to the game. Coupled with the pleasant cardiovascular work out provided by traversing the course, the Ferrum Disc Golf Course stands as an excellent recreational addition to the Ferrum College Campus.


In the past year there have been many beneficial additions to the course as well. Hole 3 and 7 have had there tee boxes moved back. Hole 9 & 10 have Alternate tee pads. 11 has an alternate tee box in progress.

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