Ferris State University

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1201 S. State Street CSS201

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone: (231) 591-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Aug. 1
application deadline

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#62 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Ferris State University is a public institution that was founded in 1884. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,261, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 880 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ferris State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 62. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,466 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,607 (2013-14).

Ferris State University is located in Big Rapids, Mich., just a few miles east of the Manistee National Forest. Students at Ferris State University can earn bachelor’s degrees in arts, integrative studies, science, and social work. Graduate students can earn master’s degrees in several fields as well, including health and art. Students can enhance their studies through the Ferris State Torchbearer Society, which connects them with alumni who work in their area of study.

Besides academics, Ferris State students can get involved by joining more than 200 campus clubs and pledging with the school’s many Greek-letter organizations. Students can also attend the many events planned by the Entertainment Unlimited campus programming board, such as the annual Ferris Fest music festival, as well as comedy shows, film screenings, and lectures. Student athletes can try out for the crimson and gold Ferris State Bulldogs varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I in hockey and Division II in every other sport. Notable Ferris State alumni include professional hockey player Chris Kunitz.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ferris State University is nationally known for excellence in combining career-oriented and general education in more than 170 degree-programs through nine academic colleges. This mid-sized university offers degrees unique within Michigan in such areas as health-care, business and technology. The University's 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio assures personal attention in the classroom and laboratory. Students have regular contact with faculty members, not teaching assistants, highlights the priority Ferris places on personalized learning. Founded in 1884 by educator and U.S. Senator Woodbridge N. Ferris, the University's mission is to be a national leader in career-oriented technological and professional education.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1884
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $35,318,644


When applying to Ferris State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Ferris State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.9 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.9%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ferris State University is 16:1, and the school has 38.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ferris State University include: Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Education; and Health/Health Care Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 30%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 11%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7%
Education 5%
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 4%

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Student Life

Ferris State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,261, with a gender distribution of 48.6 percent male students and 51.4 percent female students. At this school, 28 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72 percent of students live off campus. Ferris State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 14,533
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Ferris State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Ferris State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ferris State University, 56 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ferris State University.

Students who have cars on campus 56%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ferris State University, 74.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,645.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,466 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,607 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,070 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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