Big Rapids, MI
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$16,512 ($10,354)
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Reviews 1271 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't party but I know there isn't a lot of night life here. There are maybe 5 bars that people tend to go to but they aren't anything special. There aren't any clubs. Frats might have some parties. I don't think it's a positive impact at all. Partying seems to lead people to do really stupid things.

3 College Senior

Facilities: We currently don't have a student center but a new one should be opening in early 2015. Most people hang out in the IRC or the first floor of FLITE if they have some extra time to kill.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are quite a few apartment complexes and a lot of houses available on campus. I don't think there's a problem with availability at all an you can get to campus from anywhere in town within a 5-10 minute drive at the most. Parking will take a while though unless you are willing to park further away. Housing is relatively cheap. It's easy to find a house with roommates for about 350-400 a month.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Our hockey team is really good but that's about it. People get really into that but the other sports aren't really a big deal.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I think our campus is pretty safe. I've been here 4 years and we've probably had maybe half a dozen really scary situations in that time but that's it (some of those were off campus). The most common crimes are probably underage drinking or drug use. I've walked across campus by myself late at night and never had a problem.

4 College Senior

Academics: My program is really small (Diagnostic Medical Sonography). There are only 24 students accepted per year so usually people have to wait 2-3 years to get in and might have a BA basically done already. It's a two year program with one year of classes (including summer) on campus and 1 full year of internship. There are only two instructors for the program and they find an internship for you. I don't feel that the work is that bad but we have had 5 people drop the program due to struggling/failing/personal stuff etc. Also, if you fail one class you have to reapply the next year to take it again and it puts you a whole year behind. Our lab is really nice. Overall I'm pretty happy with the program and looking forward to starting my internship.

3 College Senior

Academics: If you are eligible to join the Honors program do it! It allows you to choose your classes before the majority of students, even ahead of non-honors seniors if you are an honors freshman. A lot of classes fill up fast and if you want the schedule of your choice this is the best way.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The rock actually has pretty good food but it's still easy to get sick of it if you have to eat there every day. There is only one other dining hall on campus and it's a lot smaller. We have a few places like Starbucks, the Market, and Seattle's Best Coffee on campus for snacks but that's it other than fast food nearby.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I think the campus is averagely diverse. We have different races and ethnicities but are predominantly white. There are some international students but not a huge amount. There is a diverse sexual alliance organization on campus but they are treated pretty much the same as all other organizations.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Big Rapids is a small city and there really isn't all that much to do. It's also pretty isolated so the nearest 'big' cities are at least 45 minutes away. The main attraction is tubing on the Muskegon river in the summer.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I like my school and I'm satisfied with my education but I know the quality could be better. It's not hard for people to pass classes and it's easy to get the grade without learning much of anything. I would feel better prepared if instructors focused more on really having students learn.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: In my program we are guaranteed a 1 year internship as part of our curriculum. As far as jobs go it (sonography) is hard to get into right out of school if you don't get a job at your internship site.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Being Greek or not really isn't that big of a deal here. They have some parties and do some volunteer stuff but it's not really above and beyond most other organizations on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: downtown area close to arena and parks, libraries, and museums

5 College Sophomore

Majors: awesome, everything i was looking for as to educating me for my chosen vocation.

College Sophomore

Majors: Have not been involved in internship yet

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Ferris is a great school for whatever you'd like to do, you just have to find your niche.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Mostly depends on your career choice. You have to research job opportunities on your own if you want to get into a thriving field.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are a lot of parties, however, I'm not really into that scene.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Its easy to find places. Prices are high, but its worth it. Apartment quality varies considerably between places.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are statues of Bulldogs all over town...they are dressed up and painted.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of greek life, and don't know much about it on this campus. I know more about CMU greek life than I do ferris greek life and I don't even go to CMU

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: there isn't much crime, as in it is not frequent, however, when it does occur, it seems to be violent, such as 4 am shooting (which occured off campus, but involved an on campous student to my understanding).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I haven't really witnessed much, or been involved in anytrhing, but with the few incidents I heard about last year, they have done a great job and caught violent offenders very quickly and offer emergency text message alerts, which I think everyone should opt into.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have never lived in the dorms, or even been in one. I have heard about them though.


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Lauren Moore
Temperance, MI
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According to students, if they were given the option to go to this school again, 69% of students would choose Ferris! The same amount of students surveyed said that they like most everything about the school and would only change a few things. Overall, students find that there are many great people to meet, and it's a good academic college. Though some stress the lack of entertainment and “city” things to do, if a person is content with small-town life, then this would be the best place.

The people and the faculty make Ferris a great experience. The faculty and staff are pretty helpful and understanding if a student needs extra help or is having problems with something. The school and faculty seem to care about the students and take an interest in students getting the help and the experiences they should. As long as the student puts in a decent amount of effort in their classes, faculty will be more apt to help.

Another great factor about the school is that class sizes are small, and there is more individualized attention for each student. Since the community is small, there are not too many things to do, but there are enough! There are several bars, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and tons of parties and get-togethers throughout the week. Since people seem to be so friendly on and around campus, it is easy to make friends and have something to do and someone to do it with! While in school, though education is the main focus, it is important to have some balance in life and join other groups and activities (which there are many to pick from).

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