Health & Safety

Big Rapids, MI
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$16,512 ($10,354)
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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I think our campus is pretty safe. I've been here 4 years and we've probably had maybe half a dozen really scary situations in that time but that's it (some of those were off campus). The most common crimes are probably underage drinking or drug use. I've walked across campus by myself late at night and never had a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: there isn't much crime, as in it is not frequent, however, when it does occur, it seems to be violent, such as 4 am shooting (which occured off campus, but involved an on campous student to my understanding).

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is pretty safe as it is because I don't put myself in dangerous situations and not much crime happens there anyway. The school definitely makes students aware of any problems, maybe excessively so.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health and safety programs are not directed to the correct people or crimes. When at a college campus one should get a sense of freedom. Within ones dorm room it should be a safe and not hostile environment, which it is. It is said that one cannot be themselves without being harassed.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime isn't much of a problem here


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 544th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1083rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1129th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Moore
Temperance, MI
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Ferris is labeled as one of the "party" schools. Since the atmosphere is of a small town, there are not too many activities to take part in. Despite this characterization, the majority of students surveyed generally feel safe being on campus. There is a police presence, though many think they are there only to issue parking tickets.

The safety concerns revolve around theft and robbery, as well as walking alone or on unlit paths. Most students are able to avoid the concerns of the latter issue by always being with a group of people. It is the best and safest way to get around campus at night. The police are available when there is a problem and they are needed. However, most tickets that they do hand out during the school year are related to parking violations.

The health center on campus is of high to mediocre quality. The facility includes a health area for mind and body. The center is pretty convenient to get to. It is located right next to the recreation facility and is in the center area of campus. The faculty there treats patients for every illness, birth control, counseling, and referrals to the local hospital. The staff is helpful and there to assist you in being and staying well.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
1319 Cramer Circle
Non-Emergency: (231) 591-5000; Campus Crime Hotline: (231) 591-5900
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency phones on campus
  • Campus crime hotline
  • Emergency response team
  • Escort service
  • Residency hall security
Health Center
Birkam Health Center
1019 Campus Drive
(231) 591-2614
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Contraceptive Clinic
  • HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling
  • Immunization Clinic
  • Laboratory Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Weight Control Clinic
  • Women's Health Clinic
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 60 responses

  • 20% None
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Drugs
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 59 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 29% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 32% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 58% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 28% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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