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Ferrum College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 26 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

47% Women
53% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

USA South Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $44,244)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $40,400)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 38 - - -
Basketball 19 13 - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team 2 16 - -
Field Hockey - 15 - -
Football 111 - - -
Golf 8 - - -
Lacrosse 43 18 - -
Soccer 27 18 - Yes
Softball - 22 - Yes
Swimming 12 15 - -
Tennis 8 10 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 5 4 - -
Volleyball - 15 - Yes
Wrestling 35 15 Yes Yes
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - - Yes
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Kayaking - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 23.9%
Hispanic 3.0%
Non-resident alien 0.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.8%
Two or more races 3.3%
White/non-Hispanic 64.8%
Percent of students with disability 5%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 15 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 2
Liquor Law Violation 4
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 8

Notable Alumni

  • Brigadier General Burdett Thompson, '82, was elected one of 40 out of 4400 possible candidates for Brigadier General. He holds three master's degrees and served in Korea, Panama, and Iraq. His past assignments include ranger, paratrooper, and two prominent airborne divisions -- the 82nd and the 101st. Thompson's current assignment is at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, where he will serve as assistant division commander for the 25th Infantry Division.
  • Billy Wagner, '94, was employed as a professional baseball player. He played for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Houston Astros. He is now operating Second Chance Learning Foundation, Inc., where students have a chance to be successful.
  • Carrie Smith Schmidt, '82, is employed by HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development as Field Office Director.
  • Honorable Joan Ziglar, '82, is employed by the City of Martinsville as the Commonwealth Attorney.
  • Wilson Paine, '07, is employed by Appalachian Regional Commission as a program analyst. He went on from Ferrum to get his master's degree at Harvard University.
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Anneleisse from Castle Rock, CO
  • 4
  • All dorms are decent but obviously upper clansmen have first choice. Compared to other colllages I visisted Ferrum had the best living conditions. (I visited big schools ex. UM, CSU)…

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  • Mark from Clifton, VA
  • 2
  • The dorms are old and run down. There are few activities related to the dorm. The views can be beautiful however, overlooking the lake and mountains.…

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  • A student
  • 4
  • Depending on where you live, the dorm life can be great. I have been satisfied everywhere I have lived. Once you get past freshmen year, you will figure out the…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Ayanna - Lynchburg, VA
  • I am a past student here

    I'm going to be honest and say that the cafeteria does not have great food but Ferrum has a Papa Johns, Subway, and A restaurant that sells burgers and more and a deli section. They have an ice cream bar as well.

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  • 3
  • A student
  • I am a current student here

    I eat at subway or papa johns most of the time. I don't really like eating in the caf. The crazy cuke and hot dog cart are very good also.

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  • 2
  • Kevon from Richmond, VA
  • I am a current student here

    This is more of an opinion type thing, but my experience with the dining hall has been quite mixed. On the plus side, the food is of decent quality and manages to fill an empty stomach. On the not-so-plus side, the dishware is often dirty and the area in general looks somewhat messy. If you must eat here, bring your own dishware to be on the safeside

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  • 1
  • Ferrum Student from Richmond VA
  • I am a current student here

    The food is not fit for animals. They can't even make an egg or a pancake that is decent to eat. Everything sits under a heat lamp or they pop it in the microwave. Every time me and my friends eat we have to run to the bathroom!

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  • 2
  • EX Virginia Student
  • I am a past student here

    Eh...most days were miss, The only time they had good food were when fancy people came...other than that I stayed at papa johns and subway the most...The cafe food just was not to my liking....Pappys should of catered Ferrum if you ask me...(Pappys was this guy that lived across from Ferrum, Alot of people were in his store all the time but I believe he shut down now sadly, his food was amazing !)

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  • 3
  • J from VA.
  • I am a current student here

    The caf has its days.. like any other caf. But they make sure that there is a variety of food to please everyone.

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  • 3
  • Gabriella from Chesapeake, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Sometimes you get good food and other times it is not that great. You just have a 50/50 chance when it comes to the Dining Hall, but you have subway and papa johns plus a lot of other places in town if you have the money to spend.

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  • 3
  • Jaimon from CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD
  • I am a current student here

    The food could be better, but you do have the option of eating at Subway or Papa John's. If you get tired of that you can go into town, there is a variety of places to eat.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • EX Virginia Student
  • I am a past student here

    Yes...some national ones too I believe, I did not bother since I knew I would transfer but I had some friends in some and they had a good time

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  • 0
  • J from VA.
  • I am a current student here

    I'm not involved in any sororities, but at the Club Fair they seem eager and ready for new comers! And they are known for the helping hand they give the community.

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  • 0
  • Gabriella from Chesapeake, VA
  • I am a current student here

    The greek life on campus is great. There are a few sororities and fraternities on campus and all have wonderful traits about them. Joining one is great and helps you get out on the campus and its a rewarding process.

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  • 0
  • Brianna from Fredericksburg, VA
  • I am a current student here

    There are a few sororities and fraternities, but its not much. There are frats parties being through right off campus every other friday. Its not much, but its something to do.

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  • 0
  • Eboni from Cary, NC
  • I am a current student here

    I am also a part of APO- which is Alpha Phi Omega. There are also a lot of other Greek organizations on campus.

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