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3 College Student

Transportation: It's not very good, but then again, it's not really necessary. Ferris is a small enough school; you can walk everywhere you need to go.

2 College Student

Transportation: We only have one bus for our campus. It makes three stops in total, and they are at places that are not convenient for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: people talk and car pool when going home all the time.

3 College Student

Transportation: I dont know too much about it. We do have taxis

4 College Student

Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs from one of the dining halls to the library every couple of minutes and it is very nice to take instead of walking to class.


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According to students, taxis are the best cost-effective way to get around the surrounding area, as well as the most convenient way. When asked about the most convenient way to travel between home and school, an overwhelming amount noted that ride-sharing was the most convenient way. There is no campus-provided transportation, so students rely a lot on having a car to get around the area, either their car or their friends' cars. Since the campus and surrounding area is small, most students agree that it is very easy to get around town.

The best option for students who live close enough to campus is to not deal with the hassle of having a car at school. All areas on campus are accessible and easy to get to by walking. The campus takes at most 15 minutes to walk from end to end! If there is a need to go beyond walking limits, most students have friends with a car who are usually willing to help!

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Taxi
  • Personal car
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The closest airport is about an hour drive to Grand Rapids. The best way (if you have a car) would be to drive or have a friend drive you. The other main option is to take a taxi.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort Service
(231) 591-5000
Student foot patrol will escort other students daily 9 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Safe Ride

Safe Ride is a free shuttle service available to students and the community for transportation home from local establishments in town.

(231) 591-2140

Thursday 12 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Friday 12 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Saturday 12 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Dial-A-Ride (DART)

Dial-A-Ride (DART) gets you around Big Rapids with its shared ride, demand-response public transportation service.


1829 North State Street

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Gerald R. Ford International Airport

At about 55 minutes away, it's the closest major airport to campus.

5500 44th St. SE Grand Rapids, MI

(616) 233-6000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound (Ferris State University)

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Grand Rapids Amtrak

431 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 102 responses

  • 23% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 30% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 31% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 20% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 8% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 61% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 49 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 48 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 49 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 101 responses

  • 48% Very easy.
  • 47% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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