Academics

Location
Big Rapids, MI
Undergrads
9,366
Tuition (in-state)
$16,512 ($10,354)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: In class classes are great, but the online classes could use some help. If they were structured the same, it would help a lot. Not knowing where to go to find discussion boards and weekly assignments is a big pain.

I am in radiograohy, business, and allied health, and it seems to be a great combination and professors are rooting for me and commenting on the great combination.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: registration is easy, but CMU has a neat feature I would like to see at Ferris.

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 131st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 308th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 350th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 445th
    Best Course Variety
  • 649th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Moore
Hometown
Temperance, MI
Major
Marketing
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The school’s academic strength includes some of the programs that are offered at the school. Some of these programs include: music industry management, professional golf management, and the optometry program. These programs are well respected, and Ferris is well known for them. Ferris also has an extremely high placement rate following graduation. Some programs are also included in the College of Business that most schools do not include. These programs include graphic design and public relations. Having these programs as part of the College of Business, the students have a better understanding of their working environment and are given a competitive advantage. Some of the weaknesses include that the school is not known as a high academic school, such as a Michigan or Michigan State. The school is much smaller and located in a less-city environment. If someone is looking for a big name school to show to all their potential employers, Ferris does not really fit that goal.

The reputation of the school is that it is any easy school and that anyone can easily get in and slide by. Sure, the school is not as hard to get into as an Ivy League or a very well-known school, but it still offers the necessary skills to compete in the workforce. This comes with the added benefit of smaller classes, meaning more individual attention. According to students, professors at Ferris have a strong interest in the classes, subject, and the students they are teaching. They exhibit excellent communication skills and have knowledge of the field. Teachers encourage students to come and speak with them if they are having problems with anything in the class. Another positive feature compared to other schools is that there are not too many teachers assistants who teach classes. Most of the classes are taught by the teachers themselves. Other positive elements at Ferris include great advisors, a variety of courses, and a manageable workload.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
542
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
292
Total FT Faculty
542
Faculty with Terminal Degree
27%
Average Faculty Salary
$71,931
Full-Time Retention Rate
70%
Part-Time Retention Rate
43%
Transfer-Out Rate
29%
Graduation Rate
44%
Programs/Majors Offered
128
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 33%
  • 20 to 49 students: 63%
  • 50 or more students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Engineering Technology
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Professional and Technological Studies
  • Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Michigan College of Optometry at FSU
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 2%
  • Police and Criminal Science: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Ferris does offer some classes online. There are many offered through the College of Business. The work is done through MyFSU, which every student has an account on. Through this process, the assignments are given out via Ferris Connect. Through this site, students can communicate with either teachers or classmates quite easily.
Best Places to Study
  • Connector between the IRC and business building
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance academics and a social life.
  • Get a good group of friends.
  • Get involved.
  • Go to class.
  • Save partying for the weekend.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 65 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 63 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 62% Chris Kunitz - professional ice hockey player
  • 15% George Ryan - governor of Illinois
  • 8% Carlton Brewster - AFL wide receiver
  • 8% Monty Brown - former NFL Linebacker
  • 8% Karen McDougal - 1998 Playmate of the Year

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