Ferrum College Testimonials 2016-06-26T21:18:50+00:00

Ferrum College Testimonials

“Panther Pride” not only refers to our pride in Ferrum College, but our pride in the dedication and initiative in our community — of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni!  We’re proud of the great successes achieved by our students and how their journeys from Ferrum College led them to be caring and concerned citizens of their community, nation, and world.  They embrace our motto, “Not Self, But Others,” and their passion inspires us and those around them!  You may wonder what Ferrum College is really like.  We ask you to let the stories of our alumni speak for themselves.

Grant Waldrop ’14

Graduate Student at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech

” I would not have been able to make it this far without the hands-on training, knowledge, and faculty investment that I received at Ferrum. The students that I work with here in graduate school recognize and comment on how well-prepared I am.  I have noticed others struggle with their lack of development, and it is nice to know that I am ready for what is expected of me at this level.”

Read Grant’s full testimonial.

Terieka Coleman ’13

Child Protective Services Investigator

“My experience at Ferrum College was nothing short of extraordinary. While attending Ferrum, I met some of my closest friends, and I learned a great deal of life lessons that I will carry with me forever. The education and experience that I gained from Ferrum’s Social Work Program allowed an easy, smooth, and quite rewarding transition for me to start my career.”

Read Terieka’s full testimonial.

Hannah Shumaker ’13

High School Biology Teacher with North Carolina Public Schools

“After my first visit to Ferrum College, I knew this was a place I would soon call home. The things that originally drew me to Ferrum were the beautiful mountain scenery, the excellent athletic program, and the welcoming faculty and students. I had a wonderful experience in the athletic program, and I can say without hesitation that Ferrum’s education department prepared me for the job that I do today. Since graduating from Ferrum, I have gone back to visit several times and every time I return, I still feel like I am going back home.”

Read Hannah’s full testimonial.

Christopher Miller ’13

Sales at McAirlaid’s, Inc.

“If given the chance to go back and change my four years at Ferrum College, I would not change a thing. I have to say that working with such a talented group of coaches, professors, administrators, and staff prepared me for anything I have to face on a daily basis.”

Read Chris’s full testimonial.

Vanessa Torres ’12

Marketing Representative, C-SPAN

“For 4 years, I had Ferrum as my second home — a small, cozy, and loving environment where I began my journey as an adult. Throughout my 4 years, I stayed involved in school. I played Women’s Lacrosse alongside great teammates and an awesome coach, and I joined the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.  I served as a Panther Blogger as well as a writer and news editor for The Iron Blade.  I embraced my Spanish major by studying abroad in Alicante, Spain.  My experience at Ferrum was certainly one of a kind!”

Read Vanessa’s full testimonial.

Matthew Woods ’11

Assistant Principal, Roanoke City Schools

“I am extremely grateful for the impact Ferrum College has made in my life. Ferrum laid down the foundation for me as an educator and helped me establish my purpose. Ferrum’s investment in their students goes above and beyond the classroom.”

Read Matthew’s full testimonial.

Alyssa Walden ’08

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development for the Virginia Cooperative Extension – Stafford County

“The school motto ‘Not Self, But Others’ is instilled in me at my very core and has easily become my private motto as well. I could not have asked for a more rewarding experience than what I had at Ferrum, and truly believe my time on campus molded me into who I am today.”

Read Alyssa’s full testimonial.

Wilson Paine ’07

Senior Analyst in the Public Affairs Office at Total Wine & More

“To say that Ferrum was life-changing would be an understatement.  At its core, Ferrum represents the very best of what higher education is meant to be.  A private, liberal arts college tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ferrum serves as an incubator for new ideas and offers its students opportunities to be at the doorstep of an ever-changing, global world — all accomplished under the principled tenet of teaching and learning.”

Read Wilson’s full testimonial.

Rachael Youmans ’07

Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Nevada

“I found that Ferrum had all the qualities I was looking for in a college.  Ferrum’s natural setting amidst the mountains was a perfect “laboratory” for my studies.  Whether I am doing field work, writing reports, meeting with employees of Federal Agencies, or interacting with Tribal members, the best part of my job is that I use what I learned both on- and off-campus at Ferrum to make a difference in the world.”

Read Rachael’s full testimonial.

Matthew Hull, Ph.D. ’00

President/Founder, NanoSafe, Inc.
Program Manager, Nano-Bio Interface and Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS)

“While the path that brought me to where I am today has been anything but typical, it’s a path that I was uniquely prepared to take thanks in large part to my time at Ferrum. My story is a great illustration of how a “blue-collar liberal arts perspective” can serve as a critical element of interdisciplinary teams tackling society’s high-tech challenges of the future.”

Read Matthew’s full testimonial.

Brian Little ’86

Director of Cultural Affairs, Arts & Tourism, City of Petersburg, VA

“Ferrum offered me an opportunity to break out of my shell and explore life in a new way.  I sang, studied, and traveled throughout the tri-state area while in school, and I completed not one, but two undergraduate degrees.  I am proud of Ferrum and what it can do to young and old minds that allow themselves to be open to discovery through exploratory opportunities.  I took a chance and YES, it paid off for me!”

Read Brian’s full testimonial.

Sherman Shifflett ’64

Louisa County (VA) School Board Member

“Ferrum College gave me an opportunity, a second chance, and for that I will always be grateful. In reflecting on a 31-year career in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator, and currently in my third term on the Louisa County (VA) School Board, I realize that none of this would have been possible without the opportunity provided by Ferrum College.  My experience at Ferrum College inspired me to share the Ferrum spirit (“Not Self, But Others”) with younger generations.

Read Sherman’s full testimonial.

Contact Information:

Admissions Office
Spilman-Daniel House

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1000
Ferrum, Virginia 24088

Admissions: 800-868-9797, option 1
Fax: 540-365-4243
Send an email to Admissions

Financial Aid: 540-365-4282