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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate88%

Ferris State University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into Ferris State University. Ferris State University admitted 88% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 12,228 students applied to Ferris State University and 10,746 were admitted.

If you are applying to Ferris State University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Ferris State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Ferris State University's admissions stats.

Ferris State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Mean SAT Score 950
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 63%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2%
Waitlist No

Ferris State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Ferris State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Ferris State University?

Ferris State University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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How To Get Into Ferris State University

It is not difficult to get into Ferris State University. Ferris State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Ferris State University accepted 88% of all applicants, around 10,746 of the 12,228 students who applied.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Ferris State University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT. Admissions to pharmacy, optometry programs is program very difficult.

Transferring to Ferris State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Ferris State University

Ferris State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Ferris State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Ferris State University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Ferris State University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Ferris State University for more information on admission factors.

Ferris State University Application Requirements

To apply to Ferris State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Ferris State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ferris State University?

Students admitted to Ferris State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Ferris State University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 63% of Ferris State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Ferris State University?

To be competitive with other Ferris State University applicants, you should aim to earn between 800 and 870 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ferris State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 870 and 25% of scored lower than 800, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ferris State University student is 950.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ferris State University students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 460 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ferris State University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 460 or higher.

To be most competitive at Ferris State University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ferris State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ferris State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Ferris State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Ferris State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Ferris State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Ferris State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Ferris State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Ferris State University.

Does Ferris State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Ferris State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Ferris State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Ferris State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Ferris State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Ferris State University?

❌ No, Ferris State University is test optional, so you can choose whether to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Ferris State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Ferris State University's acceptance rate is 88%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Ferris State University?

❌ Ferris State University does not offer early decision.

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Ferris State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Ferris State University? Ferris State University is a less selective institution. The Ferris State University acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.


Ferris State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ferris State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ferris State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Ferris State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

800 - 870


Math SAT Range

450 - 570


Reading SAT Range

460 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

870 and Above


800 to 870


800 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ferris State University students is 950. Applicants with SAT scores of 870 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ferris State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 800 to 870 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 800 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ferris State University.

Ferris State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Ferris State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.3. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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