Ferris State University
1201 South State St.
Big Rapids, MI, 49307
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Ferris awards a Master of Science in Business Administration degree and the Master of Science in Information Systems Management degree through the College of Business, the M.S. degree in career and technical education and in criminal justice administration and a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction through the College of Education and Human Services. An M.F.A. is offered in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and dual concentration through Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. The Michigan College of Optometry offers the Doctor of Optometry degree. The College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
One of Michigan's fifteen public universities, FSU is recognized for its career-oriented educational majors that are designed to meet the technology and workforce demands of business and industry, the health-care professions, and society in general through applied research and practical education. Ferris was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge N. Ferris (1853-1928), a distinguished Michigan educator and politician who served two terms as the state's governor and was elected to the United States Senate. Ferris was a private institution until 1950 when it joined the state higher education system. The college obtained university status in 1987.
The student body consists primarily of Michigan residents (about 91 percent), with about 6 percent from out of state and 3 percent from other countries. Students who are members of minority groups represent about 21 percent of the enrollment. Nearly 36 percent of Ferris students live on campus. The University's nineteen residence halls can accommodate 4,333 students, and married students or students with dependents may apply for one of the nearly 400 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments located on campus. The University also maintains dining service facilities for students.
Ferris graduates consistently have experienced high job placement rates because Ferris majors are tailored to the needs of employers. The most recent annual survey of graduates showed that 98 percent of Ferris's graduates were employed or continued as full-time students. Of those in the job market, 91 percent found employment in a position related to their major field of study.
There are 457 full-time, 182 adjunct, and 33 temporary faculty members teaching at Ferris State University. Many have earned doctorates and have come to Ferris from positions with other colleges and universities, government, and business. Most of the faculty members in technical majors offer their students practical expertise derived from working in the fields they teach.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers B.S. degrees in applied biology, applied mathematics, applied speech communication, biotechnology, public administration, social work, and technical and professional communication. This college offers B.A. degrees in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communication, English, history, mathematics, psychology, and sociology and a Bachelor of Integrative Studies. Associate degrees are offered in applied speech communication, industrial chemistry technology, liberal arts, and ornamental horticulture technology. Preprofessional programs include engineering, law, mortuary science, optometry, pharmacy, and science.
The College of Business awards B.S. degrees in accountancy, advertising, business administration, computer information systems (CIS), e-commerce marketing, finance, hotel management, human resource management, integrated resource management, international business, management, marketing, music industry management, professional golf management, professional tennis management, public relations, resort management, small business and entrepreneurship, and visual design and Web media. Associate degrees are offered in accountancy, computer information systems, general business, legal assistant studies, restaurant and food industry management, and visual design and Web media.
The College of Education and Human Services awards B.S. degrees in allied health education, biology education, business education, chemistry education, criminal justice, elementary education, English education, mathematics education, recreation leadership and management, social studies education, technical education, television and digital media production, and training in business and industry. Associate degrees are offered in early childhood education, pre-criminal justice, and preteaching in elementary and secondary education.
The College of Technology awards B.S. degrees in automotive engineering technology; automotive and heavy equipment management; computer networks and systems; construction management; electrical/electronics engineering technology; facilities management; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration engineering technology; heavy equipment service engineering technology; manufacturing engineering technology; mechanical engineering technology; plastics engineering technology; printing management; printing and publishing, new media; product design engineering technology; quality engineering technology; rubber engineering technology; surveying engineering technology; and welding engineering technology. Associate degrees are awarded in architectural technology; automotive body; automotive service technology; building construction technology; CAD drafting and tool design technology; civil engineering technology; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration technology; heavy equipment technology; industrial electronics; manufacturing tooling technology; mechanical engineering technology; plastics technology; printing and digital graphic imaging technology; rubber technology; surveying technology; and welding technology.
University College provides a variety of academic and career selection services and opportunities to students enrolled in the other seven colleges on the Big Rapids campus. Among those housed under the University College umbrella are the Honors Program, Career Exploration Program, University College Program, educational and career counseling, disabilities services, the Academic Support Center and Tutoring, the Structured Learning Assistance workshops, SCHOLAR program, and freshman seminars.
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University awards B.F.A. degrees in fine arts drawing, fine arts functional art, fine arts painting, fine arts photography, fine arts printmaking, fine arts sculpture, furniture design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, metals jewelry design, and visual communication and a B.S. degree in art history.
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Transfer students should apply by the beginning of the last semester or quarter at their transferring institution. Completed applications for admission, the $30 application fee, and one official academic transcript from each college or postsecondary institution previously attended must be submitted. Transfer students are required to submit ACT test results for advising and course placement, except if the student (1) has had both a college English and algebra or higher math class, (2) has completed at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college work, or (3) has an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college.
The application for admission, the $30 application fee, and academic credentials (high school and/or college transcript and official ACT scores) must be received no later than these deadline dates: December 23 for winter semester, April 29 for summer semester, and August 4 for fall semester.