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Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a four-year public university known for its quality of instruction and large selection of academic programs, offered through eight degree-granting colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy. 



Ferris was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge and Helen Ferris as the privately-owned Big Rapids Industrial School. It became a state institution in 1950 and a state university in 1987. Since its beginning, Ferris has been dedicated to providing students of diverse backgrounds with educational opportunities for rewarding professional and civic lives. 


Some Ferris majors are offered at no other university in Michigan or the United States. More than 180 undergraduate and graduate majors include 2-year degrees that "ladder" into 4-year, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, eight master's degrees and Doctorates of Education, Optometry and Pharmacy.


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will create an outstanding climate of support for Ferris State University faculty, staff and students, with emphasis on promoting the teacher-scholar model.

It is the mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to enhance and facilitate the ability of faculty, staff, and students to develop and achieve their goals as teacher-scholars in research, education, and service delivery through successful competition for internal and external funding.


As a University we are all about helping our students create a career. One way we do this is by the Career and Internship Fair that we host. This is an opportunity for employers to meet with our students and alumni and vice versa. This past Fall we hosted the largest recorded Fair to date. We had over 300 employers and over 1000 students attend.

At this event we have an emphasis on networking. Encouraging students to talk to employers and reach out to our alumni that attend. We work to strengthen and grow our relationships with the employers that attend. Hoping to have them come back to recruit our students and alumni at every fair. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

The Student Affairs Division is committed to creating a campus environment that promotes student learning and positive, healthy and safe living experiences through our services and activities.

Housing services

Ferris State University’s West Campus Apartments offer housing options for students and students with families. 

West Campus Apartments offer several choices for single students with two, three, and four bedroom options, as well as choices for students with families including two and three bedroom family apartments. Residents of West Campus Apartments retain access to their residences throughout the time of their contract period. All of the buildings are positioned around the West Campus Community Center, creating a community environment perfect for meeting new people and interacting with fellow students. The Ferris shuttle comes to the community center with stops throughout campus.

Library services

FLITE is an essential partner for successful teaching, learning, and research. We empower all at Ferris State University and in our surrounding community to discover, evaluate, and apply information, and create and disseminate knowledge.

ICT services

The Ferris State University wireless network is accessible for all faculty, staff, administration, and students. It is currently available within many buildings, including the common areas of the residence halls. For more details view the quick reference on the wireless networks.

Medical services

GeoBlue is the approved health insurance of Ferris State University and you are automatically enrolled in its plan. To opt out of this you must provide proof of a comparable policy. GeoBlue only covers you while you are in the United States.

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,

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

my study experience has been good so far, i really like the class room size however I think the the course material could be improved. many courses follow a shell that is 10 years old

Big Rapids, Michigan, United States


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