Ferris State University.

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Ferris State University

Ferris State University (FSU or Ferris) is a public research university with its main campus in Big Rapids, Michigan. It was founded in 1884 as the Big Rapids Industrial School by Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, an educator from Tioga County, New York, who later served as governor of the State of Michigan and finally in the US Senate where he remained until his death in 1928. From its foundation, the school accepted female students beginning with its first graduating class. It is also the only public university in Michigan to be founded by an individual. Today, Ferris is the ninth-largest university in the state with 14,560 students studying on its main campus, at one of the 19 off-campus locations across the state, or online. Two- and four-year degrees are offered through eight academic colleges and graduate degrees from six. Ferris grants professional doctorate degrees via its optometry and pharmacy colleges and a multidisciplinary doctorate of education in community college leadership through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Human Services.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 11,549 students
  • 0.15 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.ferris.edu/

Notable programs at Ferris State University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Business, Accounting, Actuarial Science, Marketing, Finance, and Human Resources Management.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

7,361 students out of 9,926 applicants were accepted into Ferris State University. They had an average SAT score of 1069. 85% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 33% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Ferris State University was $18,588, while for in-state students it was $11,628. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $21,569.

The average financial aid at Ferris State University is $8,947. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $9,641 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Ferris State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

67% of undergraduate students at Ferris State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Ferris State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ferris State University was of $9,894 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $914.

Diversity at Ferris State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017