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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$19,865 Avg Cost After Aid
85% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Ferris is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Ferris is the doctor's degree.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 73% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Ferris with a bachelor's degree make about $53,019 a year. That's 30% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Where Is Ferris State University?


Contact details for Ferris are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1201 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251
Phone: 231-591-2000

How Do I Get Into Ferris?

You can apply to Ferris online at:

Admission Requirements for Ferris

Submission Required?
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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Ferris?

85% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
66% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Ferris State University is 85%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 86%.

Average Test Scores

About 66% 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 470 and 580. Math scores were between 460 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ferris State University  ( 470 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Ferris State University  ( 460 to 570 )
Ferris received ACT scores from 5% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 27. Math scores were between 18 and 27. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Ferris State University  ( 17 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for Ferris State University  ( 18 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Ferris State University  ( 19 to 26 )

Can I Afford Ferris State University?

$19,865 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ferris is $19,865. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Ferris, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $7,551 a year. That adds up to $30,204 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ferris is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Ferris State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,566 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,248 undergraduate students at Ferris, with 6,566 being full-time and 2,682 being part-time.


There are also 1,113 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,566 full-time undergraduates at Ferris, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ferris State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 87
Black or African American 530
Hispanic or Latino 402
White 5,072
International Students 88
Other Races/Ethnicities 387

Geographic Diversity

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

1,780 Took All Classes Online
4,763 Took At Least One Class Online
32.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 4,763 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ferris has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 39th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Ferris

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ferris State University was 32.3%. This is the #847 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ferris regardless of major.

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%.


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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