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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

Ferris State University Admissions

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 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Mean SAT Score 980
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 66%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 5%
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.

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Is Ferris State University Hard To Get Into?

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 2021, Ferris State University accepted 85% of all applicants, about 8,884 from the 10,480 applicants.

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

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Ferris State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are 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 areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Ferris State University

What does Ferris State University consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work 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. Make sure to check in 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
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 66% of Ferris State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Ferris State University?

To be competitive with other Ferris State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 910 and 1050 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ferris State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1050 and 25% of scored lower than 910, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ferris State University student is 980.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ferris State University students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 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 470 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Ferris State University?

To be most competitive at Ferris State University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ferris State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ferris State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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More Information on Transferring to Ferris State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Ferris State University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Applicants should hear back by July 1.

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

• Fall Term

• Spring 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 and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

❌ No, Ferris State University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Ferris State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Ferris State University has an acceptance rate of 85%.

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

❌ Ferris State University does not offer early decision.

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

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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 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


Ferris State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

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 Jul 1.

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

Ferris State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


19 to 26


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ferris State University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Ferris State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ferris State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

910 - 1050


Math SAT Range

460 - 570


Reading SAT Range

470 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1050 and Above


910 to 1050


910 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ferris State University students is 980. Applicants with SAT scores of 1050 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ferris State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 910 to 1050 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 910 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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