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Ferris State University

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.

Short Courses

Business & Management (6)
Computer Science & IT (1)


Ferris State University is a public institution that was founded in 1884. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,350, 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 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 80. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,354 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,512 (2012-13).

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.


The student-faculty ratio at Ferris State University is 16:1, and the school has 36.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ferris State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.2 percent.

Student Life

The Office of the Dean of Student Life works to enhance the quality of life for students living on and off campus and coordinates initiatives to promote healthy choices and personal responsibility. We encourage every student to take advantage of the multiple opportunities for leadership development, volunteer service, student activity programming, RSO involvement, wellness initiatives, and multicultural experiences. For more visit,


Ferris State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Specialized program accreditations can be found at

Big Rapids, Michigan, United States