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Ferris State University

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

Ferris State University Student Life

Ferris State University is on a 930-acre campus in the small town setting of Big Rapids, Michigan, not far from Grand Rapids.

Ferris State University Student Activities

There are many activities and organizations for Ferris State University students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Interested in Greek life? Ferris State University has fraternities and sororities.

Ferris State University has the Student Nurses Association. In fact, more students participate in the Student Nurses Association than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Ferris State University include Associate Construction Students, Information Security & Intelligence Alliance, Esports Club and Kappa Psy Pharmacy.

Ferris State University students' favorite campus events are Homecoming, Bulldog Beginnings and The Big Event.

Ferris State University Housing

This table offers information on housing at Ferris State University.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes Required for freshman
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus –– 22%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing –– 3,312
Number of Students Living On-Campus –– 3,174
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus –– 78%

Ferris State University offers on-campus housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Ferris State University students live off campus. In 2022, 22% of undergrads at Ferris State University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 78% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Ferris State University. There are 3,312 spots available in on-campus housing for all 9,248 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 3,174 students chose to live in campus housing. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Ferris State University offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Ferris State University Athletics

At Ferris State University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Ferris State University:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Indoor Track NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Basketball NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Golf NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Tennis NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Track And Field NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2

Safety at Ferris State University

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Ferris State University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Ferris State University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Ferris State University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to Ferris State University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Ferris State University, take Highway 131 to Big Rapids, MI. If you need to fly, book your flight to Gerald R. Ford International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Michigan you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Ferris State University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About Ferris State University

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Ferris State University Students

51%

Women

49%

Men

71%

Full Time

29%

Part Time

93%

In State

7%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

76%

9%

7%

4%

1%

1%

1%

1%

0.05%

Undergraduate Students

9,248

Graduate Students

1,113

Non-Resident / International Students

106

Ferris State University Campus Services

Student Services
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Campus Security
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Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

10,361

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

85%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$14,130

Out-of-State

$14,130

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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