Big Rapids, MI
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$16,512 ($10,354)
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Reviews 1282 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's like high school but bigger and so much better. The people are more varied and more interesting.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The food is definitely the best that I've found on college campuses.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is not very pretty, it's one of the first things I noticed, but it is efficient. Everything is within a ten minute walk of everything else. The library is nice and usually fairly quiet. There isn't much for student hangouts but the residence halls allow for interaction well enough.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: To tell the truth I don't even notice school policy. I'm sure it affects some people but I am not one of them.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is the big sport at Ferris State University. All other sports are overshadowed by the hype of the hockey team. It is a great atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It doesn't really apply to me. I have some friends who are in sororities but that doesn't affect me.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is pretty safe as it is because I don't put myself in dangerous situations and not much crime happens there anyway. The school definitely makes students aware of any problems, maybe excessively so.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Personally the best thing about college so far for me has been the people. The facilities aren't awful but you can find better at different schools. The friends that I have made made the school experience better than I could have hoped so I would choose it over again as many times as I could.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: 1. yes 2. author or publisher 3. everyone has concerns

College Sophomore

Majors: The program I am in is not the program I started in so in a way I suppose it is abnormal. I transferred out of Political science and into English. My grades were good enough that it didn't matter. So if you pay attention to your grades in high school you should be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most of the people I have met are similar to myself

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I don't know much about other schools but my program and many of the programs my friends are in are extremely unique to the state of MI.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: You just have to find your niche. This will give you a ton of stuff to do!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Wasn't bad while I was on campus. There's quite a variety of food but most people end up eating at the same place on a daily basis because of convenience/location. Not really sure how the meal plans work now that I am off campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There is a HUGE variety of professors. Some are great and really interested in student learning and others are just interested in saying what they have to say and take home a paycheck. For most classes, you have to do most of the learning on your own. Some classes offer tailored study groups and there is a great tutoring center on campus. Registration is easy but can be stressful. Workload simply depends on how motivated you are in trying to fit in more credits. Most undergrads study at the library and most grad students study in their building or at home.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: You have Internet access in the dorms but have to have a wireless router if you don't want to be connected to the wall constantly. TAC is available to help with your computer but they are always pretty busy. Feel free to use campus computers since they are often available but no need to bring them to class. Many professors record their lectures which is nice. There is WiFi in most buildings but is not always easy to connect to.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Ferris is great if you can find your niche! Make sure you get a good advisor so you can get through you program as quickly (and inexpensively) as possible!

College Junior

Nightlife: Not into the party scene

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not really into that scene

3 College Junior

Weather: Parking isn't always the best so rainy days are not fun.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: A few activities planned by the Greek life but nothing great

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Seemed like I had to talk to a few people before getting the answers I needed.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not impressed with the two options!

1 College Junior

Nightlife: Ok. I work at TacoBell and on Friday and Saturday's we are open until 3am and 3:30am in Drivethru. Wow. Ferris kids really like to party, which is one reason I am glad I waited to go to college until 26, and I have quit drinking now for over 2 years. Students some to my work wasted and they are usually happy but sometimes you occasionally get the rude individuals. The worst part of working when they are wasted is they steal everything and anything in our lobby. I have had paintings, chairs, wet-floors signs, window decals, hot sauce containers, you name it if it is out in their view/reach they will attempt to steal it. They have broke doors and wrote on tables, brought open booze in my restaurant. Man, wish I could of partied like that ten years ago, and get away with it!!!! Other than that I love my ferris students as customers cuz they make you mad, happy, sad and glad when the night is over and I can go home to my kids at 5am!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus. From friends and co-workers, they seem to love it. Even though you may not always get along with your roommate, they are plenty of social activities and free events on campus. I cannot believe how much it costs to pay for living on campus. If I had to pay that I would of been double of what I am already in debt.


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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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