Gupton Initiative's First Participant

4/25/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges President Carthan Currin, Ferrum College ’84, meets with Sarah Estes, Ferrum College ’21. Sarah is pursuing a PhD in pharmaceutical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University as part of the Gupton Initiative for CARC and will be the program’s first participant!

Saturday Night Spring Fever Gala

4/18/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Former First Lady of Virginia and The Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges Board Member Jeannie Baliles was honored by the Virginia Opera at their Saturday Night Spring Fever Gala on Saturday, April 15th. It was a privilege and an honor to celebrate this occasion with her!

Dr. Mirta M. Martin Interview with John Reid of WRVA

4/12/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Dr. Mirta M. Martin, President at Ferrum College, joined John Reid to discuss their new program to provide free tuition for some students and more.

On Richmond's Morning News, John Reid discusses the top stories of the day from around the world, nationally, in Virginia, and right here in the Richmond area on NewsRadio 1140 WRVA and 96.1 FM.

Listen to the full interview HERE.… Read More

Are Va.'s Big Colleges Driving Small Ones Out of Business?

4/11/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Last fall, Virginia Tech's enrollment surpassed 38,000 students, the largest in school history. The Blacksburg university has grown dramatically in the past two decades, increasing its student body by a third. 

But most colleges aren't enjoying such success. At Radford University, the number of incoming freshmen has crashed almost 40% in the past decade. At Longwood… Read More

Ferrum College Announces Free Tuition for Some Virginia Residents

4/6/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Ferrum College will offer free tuition to some in-state students starting this fall, the school announced Wednesday.

Students from Virginia with an estimated family contribution of $2,900 or less on their FAFSA — the annual application that determines eligibility for federal financial aid — will receive free tuition. Recipients will most likely have a household income of less than $50,… Read More

Welcome Christendom College

3/29/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges adds Christendom College to Membership

The board of the Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges (Alliance) voted to accept the application for membership from Christendom College at the spring meeting in Lynchburg. The Alliance has supported rural access institutions by
providing scholarships since 1965.

"Our mission is to provide our… Read More

Virginia Secretary of Labor

3/19/2023 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Virginia Secretary of Labor and Ferrum College Alumnus Bryan Slater Will Be 2023 Commencement Keynote Speaker

FERRUM, VA (March 16, 2023) – Virginia Secretary of Labor and Ferrum College alumnus Bryan Slater ’82 will be the keynote speaker for the College’s 107th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6,… Read More