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Campus Quality


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The on campus community is great. The new university center is a huge attraction and FLITE is a great place to study.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus life during the fall in the first semester is much more exciting and involving

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Its great to be part of the campus.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Good enough not to feel left out.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus is slowly coming up to date at the moment there is lots of construction. the green space on campus isn't bad but its not the most beautiful campus that's for sure.


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The campus as a whole is very beautiful, especially in the spring, summer, and fall. The scenery is breathtaking, and there are woods that are great for taking walks. The campus is well taken care of and is a beautiful sight. If students do not like being outside, there is the student recreation facility where students can spend their time. The rec center is not the most modern facility, but it is good place where students can work out and enjoy their time. The school maintains most of the facilities well and when machines break down (which happens quite often), they are fixed to working condition. The school does not make updates too often because the school does not have that much money to spend on a facility that is working well for students.

The library is in great condition and is relatively new. It is state-of-the-art and can accommodate many students. There are tables spread out among the floors, computers on every level, and group meeting rooms. Students think very highly of the facility and rank it as being one of the best areas on campus. Because the campus is so small, there are not many things to keep students entertained. There is the rec center, which is good for anyone interested in athletics, but other than that, students go off campus to find entertainment or hang out in the dorms. The student center is great and serves its purpose, but it is neither central to students’ lives, nor is it a popular place to hang out.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
880 acres
Student Centers
Rankin Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Ferris Library for Information, Technology, and Education (FLITE)
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Gate
  • Library
  • Rec center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Seattle's Best, Rankin Center; Starbucks, IRC/Business Connector
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Most students do not think that there are too many green initiatives that are taking place. However, a recently renovated apartment complex on campus was created using energy-efficient methods and a "green" building.
School Slang
  • B-Dubs: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Ferris Fest: This is a yearly music event that takes place near the end of April.
  • FLITE: This is the library on campus.
  • Gen Ed: General Education Classes (required for degree)
  • January Jams: This is a yearly music event that takes place in January.
  • MIMA: Music Industry Management Association
  • PGM: Professional Golf Management
  • Quad: An area on campus where a lot of events are held outside.
  • RA: Resident Assistant
  • The Rec: The Student Recreation Center or the gym.
  • The Rock: The Rock CafĂ©; newly redone cafeteria on campus.
  • RSO: Registered Student Organizations; the equivalent of school clubs.
  • Townie: A person who lives in Big Rapids, but is not a student.
  • White Baggers: The students who are visiting the campus for a tour. The name comes from the white bags that they carry around while on the tour.
  • Autumn Alive: This is an annual event in the fall where the Music Industry Management Association will bring in a big band and put on a show for a minimal cost.
  • The Big Event: This is a community service event that many of the organizations on campus take part in. It involves going out and helping many individuals in the community who are in need of assistance.
  • Ferris Fest and Sib & Kids Weekend: Every year a band is brought in near the end of April. This event is during Sibs and Kids weekend where siblings can visit. This activity also involves different fun activities for the kids.
Urban Legends
  • If you get hit by a car, your tuition is free.
  • Walking on the Crest in the Quad is bad luck.
Favorite Things To Do
Two popular things for students to do are go out partying or work out at the rec center.
Student Newspaper
The Torch
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 210 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) offered on campus. The full list can be found on the Ferris State Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
It is very simple to start a new organization on campus. All you need to do is have five interested students and a faculty or staff adviser.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 69 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 35% Ferris Fest
  • 30% The Big Event
  • 15% Autumn Alive
  • 15% Ferris Fest and Sib & Kids Weekend
  • 5% MLK Day
  • 0% St. Patrick's Day

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 29% Rec center
  • 24% Intramural sports
  • 24% Student Services
  • 14% Rankin
  • 10% Resident Life

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 38% I like walking around the campus
  • 29% Eat at the rock
  • 19% I like going to the FLITE library.
  • 10% Intramural Sports
  • 5% Explore the town

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 11 responses

  • 42% Library
  • 25% Rec center
  • 17% Weight Room
  • 8% Cafe in TC Branch
  • 8% The Gate

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 23% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 76 responses

  • 17% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 36% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 38% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 9% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 69 responses

  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 19% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 70% Dining hall
  • 30% Dorm night security worker
  • 0% Residential advisor


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