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IPEDS ID: 169910
OPE ID: 00226000
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Ferris State University
1201 S State St, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
General information:  (231) 591-2000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  14,600 (13,373 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty596453
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,016$1,050$886$9001.6%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,744$8,744$9,070$9,2081.5%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,744$8,744$9,070$9,2081.5%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$21,490$22,094$21,878$22,2651.8%
Off Campus$21,490$22,094$21,878$22,2651.8%
Off Campus with Family$13,256$13,876$13,744$14,0071.9%
On Campus$27,378$28,252$28,134$28,055-0.3%
Off Campus$27,378$28,252$28,134$28,055-0.3%
Off Campus with Family$19,144$20,034$20,000$19,797-1.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$6,144
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$9,216
Out-of-state fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,84294%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,62383%$14,140,911$8,713
Federal grants86844%$4,230,771$4,874
Pell grants86744%$4,010,070$4,625
Other federal grants42722%$220,701$517
State/local government grant or scholarships65834%$3,961,643$6,021
Institutional grants or scholarships1,22763%$5,948,497$4,848
Student loan aid1,40772%$10,191,834$7,244
Federal student loans1,39771%$7,870,188$5,634
Other student loans22912%$2,321,646$10,138
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid19,70572%$65,106,671$6,709
Pell grants5,55541%$23,612,014$4,251
Federal student loans8,94166%$67,688,361$7,571
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$13,235$13,357$12,602
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$9,302$9,469$8,259
$30,001 – $48,000$12,546$12,505$11,502
$48,001 – $75,000$16,154$15,769$15,238
$75,001 – $110,000$17,815$17,716$17,634
$110,001 and more$18,409$18,686$18,434
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment14,600
Undergraduate enrollment13,373
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,667
Graduate enrollment1,227
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 68%
Part-time: 32%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 79%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 76%
25 and over: 24%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 91%
Out-of-state: 7%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 67%
Part-time: 33%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 9%
Enrolled in some distance education: 14%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 77%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 13%
Enrolled in some distance education: 6%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 81%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants10,4264,5155,911
Percent admitted78%77%80%
Percent admitted who enrolled24%28%22%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1824
ACT Math1825
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 72%
Part-time students: 62%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 50 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 43%
Transfer-out rate: 31%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 43%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 29%
Asian: 40%
Black or African American: 22%
Hispanic/Latino: 18%
White: 45%
Two or more races: 67%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 48%
Non-resident alien: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and seeking a bachelor's degree, who earn a bachelor’s degree within a specified amount of time. At this institution, 38 percent of the overall cohort were pursuing bachelor's degrees in 2008.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 25%
6-year: 53%
8-year: 56%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 21%
6-year: 48%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Ornamental Horticulture2-----
Category total2-----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-90----
Environmental Biology-4----
Category total-107----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Finance-3----
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping55----
Business Administration and Management, General13210d37d--41
Business Statistics-0----
Business/Commerce, General-0----
Construction Management-43--0-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce----2d-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-0--3d-
Fashion Merchandising----0-
Finance, General-11--0-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-15----
Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations-46--2-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management-9--2-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-9--10d-
Information Resources Management-----0
International Business/Trade/Commerce-0--3d-
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management----1-
Management Science----12
Marketing Research----0-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-32--5d-
Meeting and Event Planning----0-
Office Management and Supervision----2-
Operations Management and Supervision-34d--7d-
Organizational Leadership----11d-
Real Estate----0-
Resort Management----0-
Selling Skills and Sales Operations----1d-
Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician----2-
Category total18463d37d-52d43
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects-53----
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production-3----
Graphic Communications, General2-----
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design5-----
Printing Management-10----
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician-27----
Category total793----
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations/Image Management-9--2-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-3----
Sports Communication----3-
Category total-30--7-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other-4----
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-2913--14
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-10----
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration-----0
Information Technology0261---
Category total06914--14
Art Teacher Education-141---
Biology Teacher Education-1----
Business Teacher Education-0----
Chemistry Teacher Education-2----
Community College Education---8--
Curriculum and Instruction--31---
Education, Other-0d----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--4---
Elementary Education and Teaching061----
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-2----
History Teacher Education-7----
Mathematics Teacher Education-6----
Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education-0----
Secondary Education and Teaching1-----
Social Science Teacher Education-0----
Social Studies Teacher Education-8----
Technical Teacher Education-3d18--2
Category total1104d548-2
Construction Engineering----0-
Manufacturing Engineering-20----
Surveying Engineering-11--4-
Systems Engineering-3----
Category total-34--4-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician2412----
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician-30--3-
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician12-----
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician14-----
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician27-----
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician-7----
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician-39d----
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology-0----
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician20-----
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other143----
Industrial Technology/Technician-9----
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician-0----
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician3435--7-
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician3221----
Quality Control Technology/Technician-8--68-
Surveying Technology/Surveying4---7d-
Telecommunications Technology/Technician-10----
Category total168214d--85d-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-0----
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing-7--0-
Rhetoric and Composition37----
Writing, General-7----
Category total321--0-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Adult Development and Aging----11d-
Child Care and Support Services Management524----
Category total524--11d-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-25----
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician5-----
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist3815d----
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician20-----
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-19d--0-
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician46-----
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other1629d----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management0115----
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other-8----
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder----0-
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist42-----
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist035d----
Nursing Administration--25d---
Nursing Education----0-
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist----0-
Pre-Pharmacy Studies0-----
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-220d----
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist24-----
Category total192466d25d1780-
History, General-5----
Category total-5----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-5825---
Criminal Justice/Police Science52298----
Criminalistics and Criminal Science----3-
Category total5235625-3-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal11-----
Category total11-----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-58d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other10-----
Category total1058d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-13----
Mathematics, General-0----
Statistics, General-1----
Category total-14----
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician0-----
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician14---56-
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician3510----
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician12---1-
Category total6110--57-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences56-----
Category total56-----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General-15----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management----1-
Category total-15--1-
Personal and Culinary Services
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other----4-
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager16---3-
Category total16---7-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-12----
Category total-12----
Precision Production
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist7---4-
Tool and Die Technology/Technician3-----
Welding Technology/Welder46-----
Category total56---4-
Psychology, General-28----
Category total-28----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-0----
Social Work-56----
Category total-56----
Science Technologies/Technicians
Chemical Technology/Technician11-----
Category total11-----
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-3----
Category total-4----
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-5----
Commercial and Advertising Art00----
Design and Applied Arts, Other-6----
Design and Visual Communications, General-0----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-510---
Graphic Design1367----
Industrial and Product Design-8----
Interior Design-24----
Metal and Jewelry Arts-0----
Music Management-55----
Category total1324510---
Grand total6822,42816518623159
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Veteran's Office 231-591-2798 or We give credit for CLEP, Dantes, ACE, JST & CCAF.
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 269
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 8
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 46
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $3,557
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,954
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,253
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined9390
Ice Hockey27
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1959 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program10/1/1989 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program(!)2/1/2008 -  Accredited
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs12/5/1939 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)12/7/1967 -  Accredited
American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs4/7/1979 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs5/12/2005 -  Accredited
Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs10/22/2010 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers1/1/1967 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Programs for the nuclear medicine technologist7/30/1976 - 6/13/2011No Longer Recognized
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession120
Drug law violations354159
Liquor law violations947849
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations252826
Liquor law violations474918
  • An increase in alcohol programs in the residence halls as well as extra enforcement have resulted in fewer arrests for underage drinking.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible824
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault112
Motor vehicle theft010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible724
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault002
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate7.6%9.5%10.1%
Number in default313371353
Number in repayment4,1063,8713,467
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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