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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Athletic Division
Other
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
From Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a practical, career-oriented institution that focuses on providing students with a personalized education experience that leads to success after graduation. How personal is a Ferris education? All courses are taught by faculty - we have no graduate assistants in the classroom. With 85% of our classes having fewer than 25 students, faculty know your name and what your goals are. The personal connections you build with them will help enhance your success because faculty provide recommendations to assist in securing jobs or entrance into graduate school. Outside the classroom, we offer comprehensive academic support services, vibrant student life opportunities, and a comprehensive program of leadership and career development. Our students thrive in our hands-on learning environment in all our 190+ degree programs.

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Ferris State University Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
81%
SAT Range
940-1170
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,351/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,384/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.123 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.145 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.144 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
24
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
13
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
10
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    20%
  • On Campus
    72%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,079Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,817
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 87 responses
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  • There is a wide variety here. No typical student.
    69%
  • Partier
    14%
  • Most are either partiers or studiers. or both
    11%
  • People who love hockey... it's weird
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.158 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.178 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 90 responses
Report
  • You get out what you put in.
    31%
  • Amazing, fun, educational, and creative.
    22%
  • Real world
    14%
  • Better than expected.
    8%
  • Busy
    6%
  • Creative
    6%
  • Amazing
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $44,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    49%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    93%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.81 responses

    Ferris State University Reviews

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    Coming from a high school that was absolutely terrible, Ferris State has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Everyone there is so accepting and always looking to make friends. Class sizes are great, campus size is perfect, the professors really do care about you succeeding and are very easy to talk to/work with, there are an abundance of resources to help you succeed academically, and there are so many ways to get involved. Ferris offers organizations, teams, clubs, or just fun opportunities to get you involved for even just one night. We are also known for having amazing food!
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    I am a graduate student at Ferris State University. In the small town of Big Rapids, Ferris State has a very embracing, warming, and hometown feel to it. There is a lot to do on campus including numerous student organizations, clubs, intramural activities and much more. The University Center and FLITE library allow for long periods of student access for studying and doing homework! The school also provides very timely notifications about weather and other related notices.
    The minute I stepped on the campus, I knew it was the place for me. Ferris State is the perfect size - not too big and not too small. The students are friendly and the Bulldog pride is contagious. Our professors genuinely care about our thoughts and struggles. Even during the struggle of this virus, the professors go out of their way to make our lives easier.

    I’m very thankful for Ferris State and the opportunities presented to me. Ferris State University is home. Go Bulldogs!