Ferris State University

1,811 reviews
  1. Big Rapids, MI
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
Ferris State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Website

Ferris State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$12,602/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,259/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,502/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,238/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,634/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,434/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.123 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.131 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.130 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,105Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
Report
  • There is a wide variety here. No typical student.
    68%
  • Partier
    16%
  • Most are either partiers or studiers. or both
    10%
  • People who love hockey... it's weird
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.144 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.164 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 76 responses
Report
  • You get out what you put in.
    33%
  • Amazing, fun, educational, and creative.
    22%
  • Real world
    16%
  • Better than expected.
    7%
  • Creative
    7%
  • Busy
    5%
  • Amazing
    3%

After Ferris State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.81 responses

Reviews

1,811 reviews
  • Excellent
    209
  • Very Good
    641
  • Average
    766
  • Poor
    133
  • Terrible
    62
There are all sorts of things going on at Ferris State. Its made up of different cultures and you can see the diversity literally painted on the walls! Every spring the students look forward to Ferris Fest, where musicians come and preform at the University! The futurities and sororities are very active in organizing projects and implementing them, as well all throwing amazing after parties! (they ID) There are constantly opportunities to learn a new language, study abroad, and meet new friends from different places. This school is defiantly high in spirit because if the school wins any type of sporting event or competition, you better planning on the whole town celebrating all night! There are so many opportunities for earning a grate education and amazing diverse teachers! A truly phenomenal experience!
  • College Junior
  • July 16 2013
Living in the dorms is pretty average here at Ferris. They have everything you could need to be comfortable and satisfied. I am in the honors program here and I get a room to myself, then a bathroom connecting to it. That is a huge thing for me. I did not want a community bathroom and I love it. That is the best thing. The cost is pretty average, but still a little pricey. The convenience is nice; it is not too far from classes, about a 5-7 minute walk, which isn't bad for me. The social atmosphere is nice, but not too much to feel overwhelmed. The housing process is the easiest thing. It is so simple and that is very nice about it. Plus, you get free bulldog bucks for signing up for housing, which that money can be used at any dining center, Starbucks, or the Market. That is also a bonus!
  • College Freshman
  • 9 months ago
The process of getting into Health Information management can be difficult. While there is no application process, you do need to make sure you are up to date with all of your classes and that you are passing them with at least a B- or higher (some classes will let you go with a C, but most require B-). You will sit down with an academic adviser and plan out your four years of school, this may sound overwhelming, but you will be glad that you have a sense of direction and something to keep you on track. In health information management there are a lot of prerequisites before getting into classes, so It is important that you are following the guidelines they placed for you. You spend the first two years mostly focusing on H.I.T., health information technology, then once everything is completed and you have passed all the classes, you spend the last two years actually in the health information management program, which is very exciting!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 8 2013