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

Diversity: Being a smaller school in rural Michigan, it's far from what many would consider diverse, but it's definitely a step up from my home town.

4 College Student

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

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.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Ferris has a very diverse population on campus. There are many Christians and some are preachy (handing out bibles/stopping you to discuss your views) but normally if you ignore them they will leave you alone. I haven't ran into any sexual orientation issues.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The university is in a small town so their not grown from diversity which makes it more difficult for the diversity to be exhibited.

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Lauren Moore
Temperance, MI
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The student population is average when it comes to diversity. The campus is not lacking in diversity, but there are large groups of people with certain characteristics. The school is not too diverse in background, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, nationality, or politics.

There is a good amount of representation from the different groups, but not overly diverse. The student's sexual orientation is not too diverse, either. Large groups are either liberal or very conservative on campus. There are many minority groups present on campus, as well as international students who take part in the opportunity to go to college in America.

With the diversity that is present, people are pretty tolerant of the people who are different from themselves. They are very accepting and will give each other a chance. There are many groups based around different beliefs and interests that are made up of diverse populations. There are also many different organizations that are formed for different groups such as political affiliation, sexuality, and minority groups.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 26%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 87%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
There are not really any groups that are organized around this effort except for the Diverse Sexuality & Gender Alliance. The sexual orientation of most students is pretty homogeneous. If there are any groups, they are not that active on campus. People in the gay/lesbian community are pretty much accepted by the other students.
Political Activity
There is a pretty even balance of political beliefs on campus. The two most popular political positions are liberal and very conservative. The three main political organizations include: College Republicans, Democratic Progressive Students for Social Justice, and Young Americans for Liberty. These groups are not too obvious and active on campus. Their ideas are not thrown on all of the college students.
Economic Status
There is not too much diversity in economic status. Many students come from middle-class families. There is not much dislike between the different classes. Most everyone is tolerant of others. There are opportunities for scholarships, but they are based mostly on financial need.
Most Common Religions
There are many different faith-based groups on campus. Most are Christian organizations. There are also Muslim and Lutheran.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are some minority groups on campus. They are pretty active on campus and in the community. They put on events and encourage others to join like other organizations on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 60 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 33% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 15% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 20% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 48% Not sure
  • 8% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 60 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 60 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 61 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 57% Very accepting.


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