Ferris State University

1201 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251

School Details

When Ferris State University opened in 1884, the school focused on providing students with marketable skills. Founder Ferris, Woodbridge N. Ferris, was a Michigan educator and politician who also was the state’s governor and an elected U.S. Senator. Ferris State joined the state higher education system in 1950, and gained University status in 1987. Today, the public four-year institution is located in Big Rapids, Michigan and enrolls about 14,500 students. The average age of a full-time undergraduate is 22-years-old and the average age of part-time students is 31-years-old. Notable features of this college include an automotive center, ice arena, Katke golf course (21-holes), the Michigan art walk, racquet facility, and a childcare center named Tot’s Place.

While Ferris State University first focused on marketable skills, the current mission statement retains much of the institution’s original purpose. The university’s mission “prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning.” In addition Ferris State retains core values including:

  • Collaboration
  • diversity
  • Ethical Community
  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Opportunity

Ferris State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. In addition, the university retains a large number of programmatic accreditation awards for many individual degrees.

Ferris State University houses degrees within eight academic schools.

  • Allied Health Sciences,
  • Arts and Sciences, Business,
  • Education and Human Services,
  • Engineering Technology, Pharmacy,
  • Professional and Technological Studies,
  • Kendall College of Art and Design,
  • Michigan College of Optometry at FSU
  • University College

Over 170 educational programs are offered and students can pursue certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Distance education is also available at Ferris State University allowing students to earn certificates, minors, and degrees from the convenience of home. Students may also participate in individual online coursework without pursuing a degree.

Prospective students must submit ACT/ SAT along with high school transcripts or GED scores. Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record, and scores from standardized tests are very important. For those who are home-schooled and wish to apply, a statement that explains home school structure and mission as well as transcript/record of courses and grades is required.

Approximately 89 percent of students receive some form of financial aid from federal, institutional, state, and private sources. Aid assistance includes loans, grants, scholarships, and student employment for qualifying students.

Federal Assistance

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • TEACH Grant
  • Work-Study
  • Nursing Loan
  • Health Professions Loan
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  • American Opportunity Tax Credit

State Assistance

  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship
  • Tuition Incentive Program

Institutional Assistance

  • Athletic Grant
  • Kendall Art Day Competition
  • Kendall Scholarship of Merit
  • Ferris Grant
  • Scholarships
  • Native American Tuition Waiver
  • Institutional Loans

Tuition is based on state residency. Graduate tuition is also based on state residency and calculated by credit hours. Select graduate programs, including the Pharmacy, Optometry, and Educational Doctorate programs have program-specific tuition.

FSU participates in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division II, in all sports with the exception of ice hockey that competes in the NCAA Division I Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The university supports seventeen varsity athletic programs. Men’s and women’s teams are established for golf, tennis, basketball, indoor and outdoor track, cross-country, and soccer. Volleyball is also available for women and hockey and football are open to men. Intramurals are also popular on campus, and more than half of the student population participates in intramural and club sport programs.


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


School Overview:

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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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