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Founded in 1913, Ferrum College is a four-year, coeducational, private college located in Franklin County in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The school offers 33 areas of study and has an enrollment of approximately 1,500 undergraduate students - many of whom live on the 700-acre campus that's surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The student body is made up of individuals from 25 states and a dozen countries from around the world.
With its peaceful setting, Ferrum College offers the experience of receiving a quality education while enjoying numerous outdoor recreation opportunities that are located nearby.
Areas of study include business, environmental science, teacher education, criminal justice and many others.
The college and campus features a rich history, including two buildings, Roberts Hall and Beckham Hall, that are part of the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places.
The campus is also home to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, which is recognized as the official state center for Blue Ridge Folklore. The institute hosts the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival - a celebration of the folklife culture that has a rich history on the region.
The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum is also one of the major venues of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail that spans over 300 miles throughout Southwest Virginia while telling the story of the region's musical roots.
You can also enjoy fantastic live music in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center.
The college is easily accessible via Highway US 220 through the Town of Rocky Mount. From Rocky Mount, follow the signage directing you to VA Route 40, which leads directly to Ferrum. The campus is also approximately 35 miles from the Roanoke Valley.