Ferris State University

Ferris State University

Ferris State University, established in 1884, was founded by an educator, Woodbridge Ferris. The central campus of the university is located in Big Rapids, Michigan. The secondary campus is found in Grand Rapids. Ferris has more than 10,000 students and offers over 170 degree programs. Ferris consists of 8 separate colleges:

  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Education and Human Services
  • Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Technology

Ferris State University's sports teams are known by the name Bulldogs. The university's teams participate in wrestling, golf and hockey. Project Engineer Jeffrey M Orkisz, head football coach Butch Jones, news anchor Dana King and former NFL Linebacker Monty Brown are a few notable alumni of the university.

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Ferris State University
1201 S State St
Big Rapids , MI 49307-2251
General Phone: (231) 591-2000

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Ferris State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management543business management, operations management, electronic commerce, accounting, accounting technology, accounting and finance, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, ...
Engineering Technician531architectural engineering tech, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, telecommunications tech, HVAC tech, energy systems tech, environmental engineering tech, plastics engineering tech, industrial tech, ...
Security and Law Enforcement281criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police
Medical Support and Technology262dental hygienist, medical coding, nuclear medical tech, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, medical lab tech, clinical lab tech, phlebotomy ...
Education and Teaching230curriculum and instruction, elementary school teaching, art education, business teaching, English teaching, health teaching, math teaching, social studies teaching, technical teaching, ...
Medicine169medical preparatory, optometry, pharmacy
Mechanics and Repair150industrial electronics tech, heavy equipment maintenance, autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Science130biology, biotechnology, environmental biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry
Medical Administration122health care administration, medical records admin, medical records tech, medical office assistant
Nursing and Emergency Medicine113registered nursing, nursing administration, various nursing
Media108communication studies, public relations, advertising, radio and TV tech, printing management, desktop publishing and imaging, animation and special effects, printing equipment operation
Design95design and visual communication, industrial design, graphic design, design and applied arts
Computer Science and Engineering74information technology, database administration, computer security
Real Estate and Construction Management73real estate, construction management
Liberal Arts70speech and rhetoric, technical and business writing, English language and literature, liberal arts and humanities, sociology, history
Family and Social Work58child care management, public administration, social work
Architecture and Planning51interior architecture
Production Trades47tool and die tech, welding
Photography and Commercial Art29commercial art, photography
Office and Administration28office management
Fine Arts28fine arts, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture
Hospitality24hospitality management, hotel management
Therapy and Counseling24psychology
Music20music management
Law17legal assistant
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12parks and recreation management
Landscaping and Horticulture11ornamental horticulture
Cooking and Culinary Arts10restaurant and catering management, culinary arts services
Mathematics8mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Science and Laboratory Technician7chemical tech

Number of programs and degrees for Ferris State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year22727
Associate's degree86737
Bachelor's degree1,88384
Master's degree1447
Postbaccalaureate certificate436
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years11
Doctor's degree - professional practice1602

Ferris State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Ferris State had a total enrollment of 13,087 students (11,607 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 7%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 24%
20-21 26%
22-24 24%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Ferris State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 38 %

Ferris State Room and Board (2007)

Ferris State offers campus housing for 3,837 of its 11,607 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Big Rapids, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Ferris State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Ferris State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,000
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,900
Room and board $ 7,944
Room charge $ 4,086
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,908
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 2,002

Financial Aid:
Ferris State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 226000)

Ferris State Faculty

Ferris State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7464
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4755

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year19$105,3564$110,243
Associate professorcalendar year5$85,55110$89,713
Assistant professorcalendar year6$83,3269$81,009
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year9$64,9759$82,453
All faculty totalcalendar year40$89,99132$87,789

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year123$80,17134$77,763
Associate professoracademic year81$66,05548$63,491
Assistant professoracademic year63$58,45259$54,868
Instructoracademic year6$47,4724$48,490
No academic rankacademic year27$36,08327$38,890
All faculty totalacademic year300$67,177172$59,144

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Ferris State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3968107

Ferris State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Interior Architecture

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing Research
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Selling Skills and Sales Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Systems Security
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Information Technology

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Technical Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Heating/AC/Refrigeration Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician
Quality Control Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying
Telecommunications Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Ornamental Horticulture

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Printing Management
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Optometry (OD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Management and Merchandising

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Tool and Die Technology/Technician
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management
Real Estate

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology

Science And Laboratory Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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