Ferris State University Overview
Ferris State University is a public institution located in Big Rapids, Michigan. The location of Ferris is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.
What Is Ferris State University Known For?
- The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Ferris.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, Ferris bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,500 a year. That's about 9% more than their peers at other schools.
Ferris State University Rankings
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Ferris has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Ferris.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Ferris has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Ferris State University?
Contact details for Ferris are given below.
|Address:||1201 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251|
How Do I Get Into Ferris?
You can apply to Ferris online at: www.ferris.edu/admissions/application/
Admission Requirements for Ferris
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Ferris?
Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.
Average Test Scores
About 85% of students accepted to Ferris submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 460 and 580.
Can I Afford Ferris State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Ferris, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $7,487 a year. That adds up to $29,948 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Ferris is 7.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.
Ferris State University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 1,288 graduate students at the school.
Of the 7,779 full-time undergraduates at Ferris, 49% are male and 51% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ferris State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||666|
|Hispanic or Latino||465|
Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Ferris State University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 48 countries are represented at Ferris. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.
Online Learning at Ferris State University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ferris has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 7th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of Ferris
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ferris State University was -1.6%. This is the #2,310 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ferris regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Ferris majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Geography & Cartography||50%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ferris ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Ferris.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Environmental Control Technology||#27|
|Other Health Professions||#32|
|General Sales & Marketing||#32|
|Dental Support Services||#37|
|Geography & Cartography||#37|
|Allied Health Professions||#102|
|Human Resource Management||#147|
|Human Development & Family Studies||#153|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#183|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#204|
|Health & Medical Administrative Services||#358|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Ferris State University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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