Ferris State University

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Ferris University is a public university located in Big Rapids, Michigan, and was founded in 1884. The school covers over 880 acres and offers 170 programs, including doctorates, masters, bachelors, and associate degrees. The school has a ratio of one instructor for every 15 students. Big Rapids, with a population of approximately 11,000, is located in Michigan between Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron). It is roughly 200 kilometres from Lansing and 330 kilometres from Sarnia, Ontario.

Areas of Expertise

Ferris University offers programs at an undergraduate and graduate level, with majors from accountancy to welding technology.

On Campus Housing

There are residences for students at Ferris State University. Family apartments are available along with more traditional student housing.

Incoming Students

The school has an extensive orientation program, including activities specifically geared towards international students.

Career Planning

Students are able to take advantage of the Timme Center for Student Services.


There are intramural sports available at the school, as well as a golf course and an ice arena. The school also participates in inter-collegiate sports.


Students have access to a recreation and fitness centre. Events and activities are arranged on-campus by the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. Events include mock beauty pageants, leadership lunches, and concerts.


There are over 200 student organizations at Ferris State University, as well as sororities and fraternities.

Information Technology

Residence students have access to their own computer labs. Off campus students have access to computer labs at the school.

Modified on April 21, 2010