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.

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