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.

Academics

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

www.ferris.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 12,245

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,139

Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,863

Graduate enrollment: 595

Setting

Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
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

Education

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

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

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A
Prelaw A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mathematics

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

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:32
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:14,187
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):49%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:10,629 (75% 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:$11,290
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,048
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,558

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Ferris State University Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services245151
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs54
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services33
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2142
Education121341
Engineering213
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields7811
English Language and Literature/Letters213
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs610103
History1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1121
Legal Professions and Studies2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities21
Mathematics and Statistics1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians331
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Personal and Culinary Services22
Physical Sciences2
Precision Production12
Psychology11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions111
Science Technologies/Technicians1
Social Sciences2
Visual and Performing Arts2173
Grand total5850102161

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services821
Education1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs2151
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Grand total121102

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
In-state$11,290
Out-of-state$18,048
Books and supplies$914

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$7,046
Out-of-state$10,569

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,82095%
Grant or scholarship aid1,73891%$8,558
Student loan aid1,36071%$7,661

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid9,26870%$7,484
Federal student loans8,05360%$7,583

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 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants10,8834,5546,329
Percent admitted100%75%80%
Percent admitted who enrolled17%19%15%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
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 2017

Total Enrollment14,187
Undergraduate enrollment12,866
Graduate enrollment1,321

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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • 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
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

*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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