Big Rapids, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$16,512 ($10,354)
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5 College Junior

Athletics: Our REC center could be better but it's okay

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 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.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I work with many ferris state students, and they always are talking about the football games and filling me in! Even though I don't have time to participate in any extra events on campus, I can tell they are a big part from people's conversations in the classroom and with people I know.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Within our school there are many people who feel that the athletes are far too boosted at our school.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 749th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 920th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Moore
Temperance, MI
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At Ferris, the only well-respected sports program is hockey. At almost every game, there is a packed student section, and the community comes to pack the arena, as well. The students’ presence can be felt around the arena when they chant and cheer on the hockey team. The other sporting events at Ferris are not attended by that many students. There has been an increased presence at the basketball games following a better season by the teams. But if there is a lack of students at these games, the atmosphere is still energetic, being fueled mostly by the University pep band.

At the basketball games as well as the hockey games, there is a section that is referred to as the "Dawg Pound," which is where the students are encouraged to sit and cheer on the team. Hockey games cost the students $6 to attend, and the basketball games and any other sports offered are free to students. For the limited budget that Ferris has, the athletic facilities on campus are accessible and clean. The facilities are well maintained and are a pleasant place to enjoy the sports. There is also an intramural and club sports scene that is somewhat important to the students. Intramurals that are offered include dodgeball, volleyball, broomball, basketball, and hockey. There is also a myriad of club teams including volleyball, rugby, table tennis, baseball, hockey, dance teams, and many more.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
Basketball: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
School Colors
Crimson and Gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
205 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
118 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Adventure racing
  • Athletic dancing
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Disc sports
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Shred
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Uniquely defined hip-hop dance
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Ice hockey
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ewigleben Ice Arena
  • Ewigleben Sports Arena
  • FSU Softball Field
  • Jim Wink Arena
  • Katke Golf Course
  • Racquet & Fitness Center
  • Top Taggart Field
  • Wheeler Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sport is ice hockey. Ice hockey is the only Division I sport at this school. The stands are almost always packed, and many students show up to support the team.
Most Overlooked Teams
Basketball, soccer, and volleyball are some of the most overlooked sports on campus.
School Spirit
The only sport that students really get excited and energized about is hockey. The student section (as well as the whole arena) is usually almost full or sold out! The students get into the action-you can hear them cheer and say different chants.
Getting Tickets
Most of the sporting events are free for Ferris students with a valid ID. The only sport that charges is hockey with a ticket costing $6. Hockey is the only Division I sport that is offered at Ferris. Tickets for the games need to be purchased in advance to secure a seat in the students' section!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Trails near the community pool
Did You Know?
Hockey is the only Division I sport at Ferris.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 74 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 75 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 40% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 75 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 51% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 44% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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