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Panther PAWS

What is Panther PAWS?

Panther PAWS is an event for new students and their families. New Ferrum families come to campus for a day to make new friends, learn about the college, and meet administrators, professors, and staff members.

What can Panther PAWS do for you?

  • Introduce you to other Ferrum College students
  • Introduce you to many of the people who will work with you here
  • Help you and your family learn about services provided by the College
  • Provide you the opportunity to talk with faculty about academic programs and classes at Ferrum

Who should come to Panther PAWS?

All admitted students who have paid their $250 Confirmation Deposit must attend one of our PAWS sessions, which are scheduled throughout the summer. Parents, guardians, or one or two other family members are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

How do you register for Panther PAWS?

Registration for PAWS is on-line through Panther Tracks. You must submit your confirmation deposit in order to be able to register for your preferred PAWS session.  Before registering, you will need to fill out the Course Preference Questionnaire. In addition, if you are a first-time freshman you must take the Student Readiness Inventory (ACT Engage) and follow any links that appear on your Panther Tracks page to indicate required placement tests. If you have completed all of these tasks and registered by the appropriate deadline, you will receive your fall semester class schedule during PAWS. We will send confirmation of your registration shortly before your scheduled PAWS session.

What can you expect at PAWS?

You should plan to arrive on campus and check in between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the Atrium of Franklin Hall, our student center. To help you find your way, visit our campus map and directions to Ferrum page.

A light breakfast will be available at check-in, and lunch will be provided in the dining hall. PAWS activities last until 4:00 p.m.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide lodging on campus for PAWS participants. See the local accommodations page for more information about options nearby.

Is there a charge?

Your $85.00 Freshman Fee will cover the cost of PAWS for you and up to two guests. This fee is charged to all first-year students and will be added to your bill. There is an extra charge of $20.00 per person for any additional PAWS guests beyond two, which will also be charged to your student account.  You will not need to make any payments prior to or during PAWS.

How do you get more information?

You may contact Betsy Smith, Director of the PACE (Pathways: Advising, Connection, Exploration) Office at 540.365.4270 or at bsmith@ferrum.edu, or call the Admissions Office at 800.868.9797, option 1, with any questions.

PAWS Dates

If you are attending PAWS on:
You must submit the Course Preference Questionnaire and SRI, complete any required placement tests, and register for PAWS by:

Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

Mon., July 24, 2017