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Study at 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.

Profile of Ferris State University

Ferris State is found in Big Rapids, MI. Big Rapids is a town not particularly near any major cities. The school is a public institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Master's degree at Ferris State.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from the school is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Ferris State is known for its programs in real estate and construction management, engineering technician, security and law enforcement, and mechanics and repair.

Ferris State Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in.


Ferris State has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 13, 087 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

A lot of students at Ferris State attend part-time. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Ferris State values student athletics, and belongs to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Ferris State University will be a national leader in providing opportunities for innovative teaching and learning in career-oriented, technological and professional education. "

Ferris State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering Technician482mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech, plastics engineering tech, industrial production tech, surveying tech, energy systems tech, automotive tech, architectural engineering tech, . . .
Business and Management464business management, operations management, hospitality marketing, marketing, accounting technology, sales, entrepreneurship, business, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement273criminal justice and police, criminal justice and administration
Education and Teaching258elementary school teaching, technical teaching, curriculum and instruction, math teaching, English teaching, health teaching, business teaching, history teaching, . . .
Medical Support and Technology249dental hygienist, respiratory care tech, radiation therapist, nuclear medical tech, phlebotomy, clinical lab tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, medical lab tech, . . .
Mechanics and Repair182automobile mechanics, heavy equipment maintenance, autobody repair, industrial electronics tech
Medicine167pharmacy, optometry, medical preparatory
Nursing and Emergency Medicine104registered nursing, various nursing, nursing administration
Science100biology, biological and physical sciences, biotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental biology, vision science
Design98design and visual communication, graphic design, industrial design, design and applied arts
Media90radio and TV tech, printing management, desktop publishing and imaging, advertising, printing equipment operation, public relations, animation and special effects, communication studies
Medical administration83health care administration, medical records tech, medical records admin
Real Estate and Construction Management78construction management, real estate
Computer Science and Engineering76information technology, computer security, database administration
Liberal Arts63liberal arts and humanities, speech and rhetoric, history, technical and business writing, English language and literature, sociology, English composition
Family and Social Work58social work, child care management, public administration
Hospitality53hotel management, hospitality management
Photography and Commercial Art42commercial art, photography
Fine Arts37fine arts, metal and jewelry, sculpture, painting
Production Trades35welding, tool and die tech
Architecture and Planning28interior architecture
Cooking and Culinary Arts26restaurant and catering management, culinary arts services
Therapy and Counselling25psychology
Law18legal assistant
Landscaping and Horticulture15ornamental horticulture
Engineering15construction engineering
Music14music management
Mathematics13applied mathematics, statistics, mathematics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12parks and recreation management, sports and fitness management
Science and Laboratory Technician11chemical tech

Contact: Ferris State

Ferris State University

901 S State St

Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251

General Phone: (231) 591-2000


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