Academics

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

Academics: So far from my communication with the faculty, academics at Ferris are wonderful!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am registered for the MLS programs. So far from my experience as a transfer student it has been a smooth process.

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.

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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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 64 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 61 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 55% Chris Kunitz - professional ice hockey player
  • 18% George Ryan - governor of Illinois
  • 9% Carlton Brewster - AFL wide receiver
  • 9% Monty Brown - former NFL Linebacker
  • 9% Karen McDougal - 1998 Playmate of the Year

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