Ferris State University

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Ferris State University, locally referred to as "FSU" or just "Ferris", is a public sponsored university located in Big Rapids, Michigan. The university was first established as the Big Rapids Industrial School in 1884 by Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, Michigan's governor, who later went on to become a U.S. senator. Woodbridge Ferris, who the university was named after, died in 1928 while serving in the U.S. senate. FSU is recognized for being one of the first universities in the nation to accept women and is the only public university in the state of Michigan to be founded by just one person.

With over 14,500 students, FSU currently stands as the 9th largest university in Michigan. In addition to its main campus in Big Rapids, the university has 19 satellite campuses located throughout the state as well as an online campus where students can take courses and earn degrees via the Internet. The main goal of the education programs offered at FSU is to prepare students to succeed in their chosen career field. FSU offers 2- and 4-year degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level through its eight academic schools and colleges. Through its pharmacy and optometry colleges, FSU offers doctorate degrees and through the College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Business and Humanities it offers a multidisciplinary doctorate of education degree in community college leadership. The university currently has a student-to-faculty ration of 16:1 and is well known for having one of the highest graduate placement rates of any university in the nation. All courses at FSU are taught by actual professors, not graduate students.


Through its eight academic colleges, FSU offers more than 170 programs in areas of study such as business, education, human services, arts and sciences, engineering techology, optometry, pharmacy and health care. Students can work toward earning a 2-year associate's degree, 4-year bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate degree or professional certificate. Master's degrees are available in career and technical education, curriculum and instruction, criminal justice, information security, information intelligence, fine arts and nursing. Doctorate degrees are offered in pharmacy, optometry, and community college leadership.

Each college is organized around a specific field of study and offers inter-related programs designed to prepare students for successful careers within their field. In addition to the pursuit of academic excellence, FSU colleges strive to prepare students to become responsible citizens that will contribute to society and engender a desire for lifelong learning.

General Information

Admission Office

1201 South State Street, CSS 201

Big Rapids, MI 49307-2714

(231) 591-2100

(800) 433-7747

Fax: (231) 591-3944

Contact: Kristen Salomonson

Dean of Enrollment Services
Main Address

1201 South State Street CSS201

Big Rapids, MI 49307

(231) 591-2000


Total undergrads: 12,245

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,139

Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,863

Graduate enrollment: 595


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Horticulture, Ornamental A

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Commercial/Advertising Art A,B
Design/Visual Communications B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Furniture design B
Graphic Design A,B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Painting B
Photography B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biotechnology B
Environmental Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Accounting Technology A,B
Accounting/Finance B
Business – General A,C
Business Administration/Management A,B
Business administration/leadership-organizational development B
Construction Management B,C
E-Commerce B
Entrepreneurial Studies B,C
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing B
Hotel/Motel Management B,C
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B,C
Operations Management B,C
Professional golf management B
Sales/Selling Skills C

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Public Relations B

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects A,B
Desktop Publishing A
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A,B
Printing Management B
Radio/Television Broadcasting B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Systems Security C


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Elementary Education A,B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Secondary Education A,B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B


Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology A
Automotive Engineering Technology B
CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A
Civil Engineering/Technology A
Construction/Building Technologies A
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Energy Systems B
Environmental Engineering Technology B
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration A
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B
Mechanical Engineering Technology A,B
Plastics A,B
Quality Control B<,c
Rubber technology A,B
Surveying Technology A,B
Telecommunications B

English Language & Literature

English Composition B
English Literature (British) B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A,B
Technical/Business Writing B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A,B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Dental Hygiene A
Diagnostic Medical Sonography A
Health System Administration B
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Administration B,C
Medical Records Technology A
Nuclear Medical Technology A,B
Nursing (RN) A,B
Phlebotomy C
Pre-optometry A
Prepharmacy A
Respiratory Therapy A


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A
Prelaw A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair A
Automotive Technology A
Heavy Equipment Maintenance A,B
Industrial Electronics A

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Personal & Culinary Services

Funeral Services/Mortuary Science A
Restaurant/Catering Management C

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B

Precision Production Trades

Tool/Die Technology A
Welding Technology A


Psychology – General A,B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration A,B
Social Work A,B

Science Technologies

Chemical Technology A

Security & Protective Services

Police Science A,B

Social Sciences

Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Ferris State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (231) 591-2000
Website: www.ferris.edu/
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.ferris.edu/admissions/application/
Address: 1201 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 12,472
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 8,862 (71% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $12,068
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,068
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,769

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Ferris State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Ferris State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 245151
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 53
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 123
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 6242
Education 121341
Engineering 113
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 7810
English Language and Literature/Letters 213
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 691031
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 3121
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 331
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 21
Physical Sciences 2
Precision Production 12
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 111
Science Technologies/Technicians 1
Social Sciences 12
Visual and Performing Arts 12163
Grand total 664798162

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Ferris State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,068
Out-of-state $12,068
Books and supplies $859

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,608
Out-of-state $7,608

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,742 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,656 90% $9,769
Student loan aid 1,215 66% $7,349

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 8,154 69% $8,392
Federal student loans 6,328 53% $6,964

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Ferris State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Ferris State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,175 3,717 5,458
Percent admitted 100% 86% 87%
Percent admitted who enrolled 21% 24% 18%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Ferris State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 12,472
Undergraduate enrollment 11,184
Graduate enrollment 1,288

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Ferris State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
    • Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs
    • Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs
    • Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Programs for the nuclear medicine technologist

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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