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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Registering for classes is really easy.

5 College Senior

Academics: My degree has one of the best degrees and are one of the top in the country for my degree!

4 College Junior

Academics: There are a lot of great professors, however, there are quite a few awful professors. Tenure is stupid, and I have heard more than 1 professor say, "I don't care; I have tenure." Some won't help or are racist, sexist, or something else. Some treat you differently because of your major (the psychology and especially the sociology department do not hide their dislike for criminal justice students) or complain about a class/students to other students. Most professors have been honest, helpful, compassionate, and professional, but there are still many bad apples that need to be fired.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is easy, some of the advisers are not helpful and some are. The workload is fair, 12-15 credit hours are enough for me. I have yet to have a bad professor, but I always use RateMyProfessor.com when choosing classes that are offered by multiple teachers. There are a lot of different degrees and majors to choose from.

5 College Student

Academics: Super easy registration, I wish they opened for scheduling sooner however

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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
139
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: 5%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 121 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 63 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 62 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 69% This was one of my top choices.
  • 11% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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