Ferris State University

Ferris State University


Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach GEAR UP

The GEAR UP/College Day Program's mission is to provide an opportunity for underrepresented students to discover first- hand the potential of a college education and to expose students to the information, knowledge and skills they need to complete high school and prepare themselves adequately for college entry and success. Learn more about GEAR UP

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Visit Campus

We have a number of opportunities for you to visit our institution. Please review the options and select the date that works best for you! We look forward to seeing you here on campus! Learn more about Visit Campus

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) Program is a unique opportunity for first year FSU students who would like to improve and gain leadership skills, form lasting relationships with other students, prepare for a lifetime of learning, connect with campus and community resources, live in an amazing community, and participate in service-learning initiatives. Learn more about First Year Experience

Scholars & Leadership T.O.W.E.R.S

T.O.W.E.R.S. stands for Teaching Others What Establishes Real Success and is a leadership development program coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. TOWERS aims to assist underrepresented students at Ferris State University, but is open to all Ferris students to participate! The program encourages, motivates, and inspires Ferris students to become leaders, by providing opportunities for student engagement, learning and development outside of the classroom! Learn more about T.O.W.E.R.S

Academic Courses & Service Learning Structured Learning Assistance

Structured Learning Assistance courses goal is to give Ferris State University students a high level of academic support while reducing course withdrawal/failure rates and increasing the number of students who pass some of the most challenging and highest risk-for-failure university courses. Learn more about Structured Learning Assistance

Student Diversity

  • 14,187
  • 47/53
  • 26%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 78%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 71%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 49%
    Six-year graduation
  • 27%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 78%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 25%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 590
    Full-time faculty
  • 48
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Pharmacy, Optometry, College of Health Professions, College of Engineering, College of Business

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Student Organization, Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge, Black Student Union, Circle of Tribal Nations, Diverse Sexuality & Gender Alliance, Hispanic Student Organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Lambda Gamma, Inc.


Cost of Attendance

  • $16,464
  • $10,976
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $9,652
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $26,326,757
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $8,145
    Average aid package
  • $35,660
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 41%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 74%
    Students with financial need
  • 83%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 62%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 10,279
    # of applicants
  • 78%
  • 3.26
    Average HS GPA
  • 22
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • Rolling
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • Rolling
    Early action application closing date