Location
Big Rapids, MI
Undergrads
9,366
Tuition (in-state)
$16,512 ($10,354)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 1133 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Student

Computers: Our wifi is kinda iffy. Goes in and out all the time.

4 College Student

Diversity: We have a very high diversity rate, at least I think so

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Every one is pretty nice and very social for the most part

4 College Student

Athletics: We have so many different options for intramural sports, and we have a nationally ranked hockey team.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: It's alright. A cute little town.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I enjoy living on campus. Mainly because I do not have to make my own food and I am close to all of my friends and classes. The atmosphere is quite interesting as well. The dorms are about all the same; however, if you care a lot about size, avoid the halls located by Travis Hall. The bigger halls are located by the Rock. Watch out picking 2nd floor of Travis as well, this is where all the athletes may end up and they can be a pain in your side sometimes as they can be dirty and loud. The cost is relatively expensive. You will definitely save money by living off-campus or in student-housing. The housing process is relatively easy though. My major complaint is just 24 hour quiet hours during exam week and having to leave the dorms during holidays and such. Also, the size is very small. Very very very small. And you have to share the room unless you want to pay about $2,000 a year.

College Junior

Computers: At the FLITE library there are plenty of computers to use. I have never seen every computer taken. There is only one other place for computers that I know of, and that is the computer lab in the Business building. This computer lab is very small and I often see it full. The free printing limit is 100 pages for people who live in dorms. There is also a copy center that will do some free prints too. The internet though, is awful. It can be as slow as a turtle and at other times be as fast as lightning. Do NOT expect the IT department to help you much either. I have had so much difficulties with them that I ultimately gave up with them. Also, sometimes the internet will not work at all. So, the reliability is awful but it can be super fast. There is also free wifi over all of campus. If you live in the dorms, I would suggest using an Ethernet cord.

3 College Junior

Weather: No air-conditioning in the dorms. So, in the summer you will basically bake to death. Winters can be harsh and long, which can make walks to class a pain in the butt. Spring can be rainy and crappy, but also very nice. In the end though, it really isn't that bad. It can be very enjoyable.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial Aid is as simple as applying for FASFA. Also, any loans you take out are handled by Ferris as well. Important note to remember though, scholarships and loans are taken care of by two different departments. This is the only annoying part, but in the end you see it all combined together. So, if you want to talk about scholarships, you have to talk about it to one person, and then talk to another person regarding loans. Also, there is a 1% (or somewhere around here) processing fee for all federal aid. So, some of your money from the government won't show up in your E-Bill from Ferris. Also, if you get any scholarships from the main campus, do not expect to keep them if you transfer to another campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Our volleyball team is pretty good. Also, our hockey team is essentially the best in the country! The hockey games are important to Ferris, and they are probably the funnest things to go to on campus! Unfortunately, you have to pay about 70 dollars for a season pass though, but I would say it is worth it if you have a job to pay for the price. The games are amazing! The football team is improving, but hardly anyone really supports them or goes to their games. It kind of is sad. However, everyone pays attention when our football team faces our rivals GVSU. The athletic facilities are good, no complaints. They are not anything special though. School spirit can be somewhat low, and at other times somewhat high.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have heard that there is a lot of drama involved in the Greek Life. Event the professional fraternities face lots of drama. Most people do ultimately enjoy their decision to join a fraternity or sorority though.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is a bowling alley and some parks to visit. Downtown also offers a few places to shop. However, if you are looking for a mall, don't expect to find one. Also, the movie theater is very small and somewhat uncomfortable. Off-campus recreation is almost non-existent. Most activities are on-campus. Safety in Big Rapids is pretty good though, except this year it has been quite interesting. Not sure of the local attitude, and students may "frown" upon locals attending Ferris but everyone at Ferris is ultimately open to anyone and very friendly. I generally go to Grand Rapids if I want to see a movie or go to the mall.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost is about average. Convenience is about average. McDonalds is right across the street. KFC is also very close. Student discounts happen every-now-and-then. It is important to look at the coupon books that you get handed for any pizza coupons. The variety is McDonalds, Taco Bell, two bars (?), subway, Ruby Tuesday, Buffalo Wild Wings, lots of pizza places, and a some other places I haven't been to. Ruby Tuesday is expensive but the best place in my opinion.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: I have never taken a taxi, but I heard the service is great and affordable. Also, there is a party bus which I heard is pretty fun. Most of the parties are within walking distance though. Also, I heard the main bar/club everyone goes to is cramped. I saw the bar and it looked small, so that is understandable. The underage drinking nightlife...never did that, but I know it is everywhere. The parties at Ferris are said to be the best. Generally, frats charge 5 dollars to guys, and girls get in free - this includes unlimited drinks. I have only been to one party at Ferris, but I have to say that it was quite enjoyable. So, I would suggest anyone to go to at least one party at Ferris, because it is a great experience. Also, I encourage everyone to go to the Halloween parties.

College Junior

Transportation: I cannot give it a rating. I have never gotten on the bus. Why? Because the bus is kind of sketch. There is only one bus. I am not sure if you have to pay for it. And it goes to only three locations that I am aware of.

4 College Junior

Academics: My program requires two internships. An internship in a hospital and another anywhere (last I knew). The workload is not that bad. The professors are generally understanding and very helpful. The facilities are great as well. Also, almost all of the people you meet in the program are pretty friendly. Internship opportunities seem to be enough and the job opportunities are numerous, but you gotta work hard for them.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am pretty happy with my current program. My problem with it is that it is relatively vague. I know I want to be a manager/supervisor/administrator in the healthcare field in the future. My concern is that since the major is so vague, that it may be difficult to find a job in the field. Also, I am still left wondering how a person in there low 20's suddenly becomes a manager at a place as important as a healthcare institution where they will be managing people older than them and may have more education, such as doctors.

5 College Junior

Majors: My program is very easy to get into. You simply have to meet certain standards (ACT and GPA) and you are enrolled in the program. These standards are about the same as the Institutions standards to get in.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Theres always a lot of on campus activities but for anyone under 21 there is not much to do.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Honestly, the strictest policy is quiet hours at night on weekdays and the 24 hour quiet hours during exams week. Also, the parking can become pretty strict; however, guest parking for friends or family that you have come up is super lenient. If you are drinking in the dorms, you just have to be quiet about it and lock your doors. Don't drink with underage students, you are likely to get caught. The DPS can be good about just giving you a slap on the wrist and an easy to write essay or something similar. Also, parties off-campus are hardly regulated by police. They may stroll by and such but they are making sure people are not walking in the streets or causing problems.

3 College Student

Diversity: Compared to my high school Ferris seams very diverse but others from other high schools with more diversity say that Ferris is not very diverse.

4 College Student

Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs from one of the dining halls to the library every couple of minutes and it is very nice to take instead of walking to class.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus but I have heard the apartments are spacious and nice.

4 College Student

Academics: I learn a lot but rarely feel overwhelmed. The classes are easy because professors are so helpful but still informative.

3 College Student

Academics: Science classes fill up fast during registration week and it can be difficult to get into what you need.

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Lauren Moore
Hometown
Temperance, MI
Major
Marketing
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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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