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  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    33 out of 38 people found this review useful. 1 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like small places, not a lot of people, and teachers who can remember your name. This is a good college.

    Tips for prospective students

    its a great school if your looking for a small, hands on college.

  • 10/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 20 people found this review useful. 2 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artists (young and older), artists who desire guidance, dreamers, entrepreneurs of the Arts, art historians, preservers, fast workers, artists with a keen eye for detail, artists with a fresh style, artists who seek their own or want to pursue traditional styles

    Tips for prospective students

    Be serious about what you want to be in the Arts. You may want to consider (when thinking about major/minors) if this will get you an actual job or not. None of us want to be (for example) freelancing and tragically earn low income from our work, only to resort to commercial jobs we don't like in the future. Talk to the counselor about your desired major and your plans for the future. It'll all be worth it. Also, work fast! Kendall is easy going but you still need to keep up on assignments!

    Bang for the buck

    Though the classes are enjoyable and the atmosphere is awesome, the tuition is expensive. 12,000+ dollars is estimated for each year. Keep up with tuition bills and talk to the counselors frequently to check balances, pick the correct classes, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student life includes holiday parties (like the upcoming Halloween party, complete with costume contest) and active participation in art exhibitions, internal and external (i.e. Art Prize of Grand Rapids). Kendall is big on student works being displayed and has them frequently displayed in the halls. We all get our equal share of attention.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently enrolled at Kendall (Ferris affiliate) and I find that the art studio and elective classes are very thorough and challenging. The professors are enjoyable, the atmosphere is non-competitive and the student life enjoyable and fun. Warning: Classes are very strict on deadlines, so keep on your toes! Freshmen Classes may seem repetitive if you took similar in high school but take them anyway! Very refreshing and informative.

  • 09/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 19 people found this review useful. 3 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Country and small town students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research classes and know the classes you need. Otherwise you will be enrolled in classes you don't need because of course they want more money and for you to stay here longer.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but cheaper than most.

    Am enjoying being here

    Love the country aspect and small town feel!!!

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are helpful if you ask for help. Also, find a lot of studying time to learn the most information.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 4 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is best for students who like a quiet close and friendly environment. Who want the great education along with great teachers who learn you as a person.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best way to know if a school is right for you is to visit the school and if possible spend the night there. Just because it is right for me doesn't make it right for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Your money is well spent here. There are lots of free events on campus, lots of organizations and sports teams and even a great recreation and fitness center.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is located in a quiet friendly small town. This leaves you with less distractions from your school objectives. There are still plenty of fun things you can find. This school never has a dull moment.

    Am learning a lot

    This teachers make every class room a friendly place. The know you by name, which is unlikely to happen at other universities. The information they teach is challenging, but they give you many options to succeed including office hours and free tutoring centers and writing centers

  • 01/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 13 people found this review useful. 5 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ferris State University offers many opportunities for any type of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize all the resources that Ferris has to offer. There are many free programs such as the writing center, tutoring, 24/7 library hours, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    FSU offers many extracurricular activities. Great town with friendly people.

    Am learning a lot

    FSU offers great support for its students. My personal experience with the writing center has helped me maintain A's in my classes. My professors are always available for questions.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 6 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ferris is good for students that want a big school, but not an overwhelming huge one. You see the same people all the time so you get to know everyone really well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class is the number one thing. If you don't, you'll get behind because the tests are based off the lectures.

    Bang for the buck

    It is somewhat expensive, but in my mind it's worth it because I love it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it at Ferris. It is a small town, but there is always a lot going on so it is easy to get involved with things.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a freshman so I am in general education classes right now. Most of the stuff is just a review from high school right now so it's really easy.

  • 11/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking for a place where you can actually find a relationship with your fellow students and your professors, a place to experience every season to its fullest, and where you never know what you're going to see next, come to Ferris State University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before you decide between Ferris and another school. There is a certain charm to this place you can only find with your eyes. It's what sold me!

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus in unlike many others in that it is so centered. You can find everything fairly easily and no walk is more than fifteen minutes. The atmosphere always edges on excitement and someone is constantly there if you need a smile.

    Am learning a lot

    You get a lot of professors who adore their subject matter. In my opinion, there is no better way to learn than from those who are passionate about what they teach.

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like being part of a friendly and welcoming environment then Ferris is the place for you. The people here are great! Also if you want to be able to say that you graduated in one of the most unrecognized, great universities in the country then come here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to attend Ferris State I highly recommend it. To me it was one of the best decisions of my life. At no point have i regretted making the decision and it only keeps getting better.

    Bang for the buck

    Ferris State has very reasonable cost of attending. It is not as cheap as most community colleges but at the same time is one of the least expensive universities around Michigan.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ferris State offers many different registered student organizations. So no matter what your interest are there is bound to be one that fits your liking.

    Am learning a lot

    Ferris State University has been teaching students every semester for over 100 years. Over this time they have a lot of practice in teaching and improving their curriculum. It shows every day when I step into that class room and come out of it with more knowledge then I had before I went in.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 9 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe! You can't go for very long with out seeing campus police or public safety. They respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of good RSO's and club/intramural sports!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors, smalls city life, adventure, sports lovers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Big Event- one big day where we all go out into the community and volunteer our time! Turn up the good- dubstep/electric/techno dj concert!!! Ferris Fest- Outdoor concert! Free! Many many more! Come find out for yourself!

    What to do for fun

    Sports games! Hockey team was number two in the NATION! RSO's The Muskegon River. Outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Brand new facility! Delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Bare/boring dorms but you make them like home with decor!

    Academic Rigor

    Not as scary as they make it seem but it does take work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live near where the majority of your classes will be. Get involved and stay involved! Have fun!

    In three sentences

    Clean, fun, and eventful campus. Lots of RSO's to join to keep you busy! Nice facilities!

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for self-motivated people and people who need a little push in the right direction. It's best for people who want to get involved but involvement isn't mandatory. Pretty much any type of student will benefit from attending. Oh just be careful if you're coming in from a urban area because the small town atmosphere might give you culture shock.

    Tips for prospective students

    First of all realize that not all professors are the same. If you decide to go to Ferris or any other school just remember that some professors have different teaching styles. For example, Professor Jones might be a lecture-only professor and Professor Smith might be a read on your own kind of a professor. If notes and sitting through lectures are your strong points Professor Jones might be the way to go. If you don't have strong reading skills you might want to opt out of taking Professor Smith, ect. Also make sure to pick a residence hall that isn't too far away from your classes. If you're taking only classes at the business building and you're a business management major than a residence hall by the business building might be a good idea for you.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public, four-year university Ferris is definitely cost effective. They have all-you-can-eat meal plans and you just have to decide if you just want to be fed on the weekdays (perfect for students who live in the area and go home ever weekend) or 7 days a week. The financial aid is pretty extensive too and they help you apply for scholarships too!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Ferris. Though at first I was a little skeptical because of the size and location I've grown really attached to Ferris. It might not be University of Michigan size or have the more urban location of Western Michigan but I love it. It's got a very small town feeling. The professors are generally nice and understanding, the other faculty members know what they're doing (when you call with a question they don't connect you to several other offices, they answer your questions and if they don't know the answer they'll find it out for you) and there are plenty of student organizations to get involved with. Last year I was involved with Habitat for Humanity and this year I'm going an organization for future health care administrators and am an executive board member of the Up 'til Dawn organization (an organization that raises money for St. Jude's Pediatric Hospital). Whether you want to be involved or just focus on your studies Ferris really is great for either. Also they have community events like the Big Event, which is a school-wide community service event or Ferris Fest, a big concert at the end of the year. This spring at Ferris Fest Sean Kingston was our headliner!

    Am learning a lot

    Ferris' curriculum is generally pretty straight forward. Right now I'm a Sophomore Health Care Systems Administration major and though I changed my major last semester I'm still finding that the general education classes I had to take are pretty helpful even if they aren't geared towards health care professionals.

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For those who want to meet people in their desired career directly and those who want to get involved in school activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in student groups that interest you. If you don't know what kind of groups there are, just ask your advisor, they will more than likely be willing to help you find something.

    Bang for the buck

    Small classes, easy to ask questions if you need them, nice area, pretty good food.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is nice and really easy to know where you're going with many helpful staff members.

    Am learning a lot

    Some classes aren't all that exciting you still learn a decent amount. Though I am learning a lot from all the extra activities I do at the school such as getting involved in student organizations and the theatre.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back students looking to relax when not in class, students who like small quiet towns, students that are highly motivated and take their class work seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a busy city with a lot of night life, Ferris probably isn't your school. However, if you grew up in a smaller town and want to keep it that way this college is the best. It's not too busy or crowded, but there's still enough to keep you busy.

    Bang for the buck

    Dorms, classrooms, and dining areas are all pretty nice. Dorm rooms are a little outdated in some areas of campus, but the newly renovated class buildings and dining area makes up for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ferris is in Big Rapids, a small close-knit community where teachers know you by name. While the town isn't very big the friends you make provide more than enough enjoyment.

    Am learning a lot

    Teachers are very helpful and offer many ways for students to learn and absorb the discussed material.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can go rockclimbing, work out, hang out in the gym, or if you are willing to walk into town (only 10 to 15 min.) then you can also go rollerskatig, bowling, and who knows what else. You can also play cards or whatever in the lobby of the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    This is the best college ood I have ever had. The Rock is delicious, and the meal plans are unlimited.

    Dorm Life

    I spent the night and loved it. The people where really fun and it was all open and friendly. Also the rooms are reasonably sized for 2 people.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it sort of depends on you and how much you try as well as what program you are going into. When I was there, there was a lot of seminars and stuff going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    The parking and roads are kind of confusing. I wouldn't bring your car the first year at least. Also, be aware that the doorms are co-ed. But, if you are in the honnors program, you get your own room.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school if you are looking for outcomes. They get you places in your life. However, initiative is key, they aren't going to babysit you.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty good on campus. Cops are always patrolling the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many on campus clubs and activities to fit everybody's interests. Currently i'm part of the Biotech club and the American Chemical Society.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price I pay to live in Big Rapids and to attend Ferris State University I wish the town had more to do.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun. In town there is a little roller rink and a bowling alley. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat with friends like Applebees. Right down the road from campus there is a golf course. One of the most fun things to do in town is to go tubing.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is pretty good in Big Rapids. There are three big places on campus to eat which are The Rock, Westview, and Quiznos. If you don't like any of these places there are also all the off campus places like Burger King and Little Caesars.

    Dorm Life

    I've never personally lived in the dorm. I was a transfer student so I was automatically allowed to live in the on campus apartments. I've been in friends dorms and they are pretty small. You know a few people in your hall and maybe more if you decide to hangout in the lobby and meet new people. People are less interactive in the honors dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor for my majors is pretty intense. I chose Biotechnology as one of my majors which happens to be the hardest major that Ferris has due to the fact that I have to take every upper level science class that the school has to offer. I'm always studying or doing homework 5 or 6 days a week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and make sure the college has your program. Don't choose this school just because your friends go here. Get to know your teachers on a first name basis so when it comes time to need a recommendation letter for either grad school or internships they will know who you are.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a great educational institution. You get a lot of hands on experience and the athletics have the whole community behind them regardless of a win or lose. It's a very tight knit community and the class size is small so you get to know the teachers on a first name basis.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is very important. Ferris has poles all around the campus for emergency calls, and at night there are people on parole to help out as well.

    Great for these types of students

    There are many options for students on campus when picking a career. Ferris has a great medical, pharmacy and criminal justice program.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally, I love Ferris and all it has to offer. It is definitely worth the money spent for the experience provided.

    What to do for fun

    Thee are so many things to do for fun at Ferris. Sporting events are just an option, there are many activities that go on at the student Rec Center, such as club and sports. The college also puts on activities such as Ferris Fest.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock and Westview have a variety of different foods, and selections. There is never a reason to go hungry, and the atmosphere is inviting and welcoming.

    Dorm Life

    Although it is small, it is a warm and inviting atmosphere. There is always things going on in the dorms. You meet a lot of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    It takes hard work, but Flite is a wonderful place to get homework done and there is always people willing to help with your studies. There are also programs such as SLA that are offered to the students for extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students is to keep your mind open and go out and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a well organized college, full of helpful professors. I love it there and the food and dinning is also wonderful. This university has a friendly atmosphere.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There's always something to do, from Poker to Basketball.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going tubing down the Muskegon River!! Always a plus and a fun trip with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of attending is expensive, but if you're in the program you know you're going to get a job in, the staff here is really good at what they do and are helping prepare you for the working world.

    What to do for fun

    Work out at the Rec, go to the movies, there's always something to do on campus from campus events like Autumn Alive or going to a Division 2 game, or Division 1 Hockey game.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock is the best place to eat on campus, but FSU is downtown in Big Rapids and most of the restaurants are in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are small, but if you're in the Honor's Dorm then you get a room to yourself, which isn't bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what degree you're interested in before going in. Maybe take your generics at a community college or online to save money.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a great University to attend. The cost is quite expensive, but the education level is outstanding and most of the teachers are friendly and are always looking to help you succeed.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 105

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Ferris was amazing when i visited. The financial aid is great and i earned full tuition. I cannot wait to attend.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy a small town setting. A fish in a middle size pool. Students who want to make a noticeable impression on a community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your walking into the freshest experience of your life in college. This is the time where you can define who you want to be. It is a reset button, on your image, where if you want to be that popular kid you can do it. If you want to be that person with a close group of friends, you can do it. You can do whatever you WANT. Just think that decision through. At Ferris, I'm having fun learning and building my knowledge of life. You can do it here to. And if you decide to come try out the life in Big Rapids in the next 6 years, i hope to see you.

    Bang for the buck

    Price is not up to par, with the legacy this institution has. But it is pretty good, if you have a high ACT score or high gpa. You will get scholarships. Ferris willl prepare you for the field your going into, if you come here and have done your research into a particular field that has potential job growth and ferris offers the program. Ferris has the connections to get you prepared.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being in Big Rapids, but how you perceive it might be completely different. First of all, since this is Big Rapids you are NOT going to be surrounded by a metropolis of things to do. Big rapids is bland outside of the university. BUT the people make up for it. Though many people leave on the weekend. And I mean prolly 50% leave for the weekend out of 7,500 kids. There is stuff to do. Parties at the frats, house parties, and shooters. IF you make friends here your going to have fun, simply said. Your going to be an 18 year old kid living away from your parents. That scenario on its own, brings fun. Add to that a group of friends who want to enjoy these years too. You cannot go wrong.

    Am learning a lot

    This is not high school. Do not assume that since this is Ferris State your going to have an easy road that is not the case. You are expected to do college level work, and the only way to do college work is to study. Study and get help from teachers, tutors, or fellow classmates. If you want to succeed here you have to put time in the classroom and library.

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Stay Foucs Work Hard Now Then Party Later

    Bang for the buck

    Yes Especially the food. they have various types of food and its all you can eat.

    Will enjoy being here

    Of course i will Ferris state is awesome. The environment is chill and relax. It Gives off a home feel. So i really wouldn't miss home that much.

    Will learn a lot

    I will how to manage a business for accounting. If that's fails i will have my culinary skills to fall back on.

  • 12/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Automotive majors Pharmacy majors Business majors HVAC majors Engineering majors

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus first to get a feel of the place.

    Bang for the buck

    There are less expensive colleges, but Ferris isn't too bad. The biggest cost other than tuition is room and board.

    Am enjoying being here

    The area around Ferris is very rural, so if you like the city life, you might want to look at another college. If you like the small town feel, however, Ferris is the place for you.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of great professors here at Ferris. I especially enjoy my economics teacher. Many of the professors have been teaching for a while, so they are quite experienced.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Restaurants are pretty much what dominates the city. There is a small movie theater, bar/club, and a bowling alley. There's lots of student organizations here so get involved with them and you'll find yourself busy with activities.

    Food and Dining

    I've been shockingly surprised with how good the food is. Lots of variety and generally tastes good.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an honors hall and people are respectful and considerate. I haven't had any problems thus far.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel it's what I expected in college. What you put in will be reflected by your grade. Professors are pretty straight forward and out there to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for honors! It's nice having your own room and getting priority registration for classes. Their financial aid department is great and really work with you to make sure you can pay for school.

    In three sentences

    The university is very clean and a small campus. Not very diverse, predominantly white. There isn't a whole lot going on, but you find things to do.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is very good in my opinion. there's always ferris state police somewhere to help. if you have late classes and it's dark, there are emergency callers all around campus. some spots on campus aren't very well-covered, but i imagine they soon will be.

    What to do for fun

    keep in mind, big rapids isn't a large town like grand rapids or anything, but there is bowling, dancing, university recreational center, and various concerts throughout the year. last year ferris held a rave and it was the most fun i've ever had!

    Food and Dining

    there are so many good places to eat in big rapids! they are all just walks away. the campus diners that i went to are very good and they have a wide variety of food selections. there is west view on one side of the campus and the rock on the other side. my personal favorite is the rock because it's newer and has a lot more food.

    Dorm Life

    from what i hear, most people enjoy living in the dorms. i can't say too much, however, because i am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    like all schools, the rigor all depends on which professor you take. the professors i have had are very good, for the most part. they aren't looking for hand-out type of students. you get out of the classes what you put forth and i can honestly say that i haven't came out of any classes that i didn't retain information from.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be a hermit when you attend ferris. there are tons of activities for all students free of charge year-round. if you just hang out in your room and go to classes, you'll miss the opportunity of having fun and meeting people you could potentially become friends for life with.

    In three sentences

    ferris allowed me to jump right into my major my second semester of attendance. i really like that ferris' advisors are active in our education. i meet with mine every semester to ensure i'm on the right track.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are five sororities and nine fraternities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like small class sizes, want extra attention or help from professors and enjoy being in a tight knit community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The strange art work around campus.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, tubing (in the summer only), the River Walk, Hemlock Park, different trails, a dog park, night life, different events going on around campus throughout the year, such as concerts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be serious about your school work and don't be afraid to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a very student-oriented college.The professors truly care about the students and their progress. The small class sizes make it easy to learn too!

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Joining a fraternity or a sorority will be one of the best decisions of your life. They will teach you how to be a better person and teach you how to build yourself for the future.

    Bang for the buck

    The University is priced well for a University.

    What to do for fun

    You can participate in many intramural sports or join a fraternity/ sorority.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock Cafe is the best place to eat on campus. It is a buffet style restaurant and includes many different types of food. The food is great for a couple of weeks and then gets old after eating there everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Life in the dorms is very great if you are a friendly person. Your resident advisers will be friendly and help you with any problems you have. The dorms are very small though and sometimes uncomfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at FSU are not very rigorous. They are just like any other college level class. You will have work to do but it is obtainable and will teach you very valuable lessons about time management.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get stuck with 8 am classes, you will regret it. Drinking is not more important than your grades, you are here to get an education not drink your life away.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University has the perfect sized campus. It's faculty is great and are interested in your improvement. You will be successful at Ferris State University.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are two dining cafes at Ferris. The first is the Rock Cafe and the other is Westview Dining. Having the chance to work at both of the facilities, I greatly appreciate the work that is put into a days job of making others happy.

    Dorm Life

    Currently getting hired as a Resident Assistant I have come to learn to fully understand how the university life influences others. I the resident halls we are a family. Each floor is called a house because the friendships that are made will truly last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Ferris is a small town school that anyone can fit in. The courses are small enough so each student can get personal attention if needed and many opportunities for success are provided for free such as tutoring. At Ferris anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 26 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The campus offered man events to go to that broke up the monotony. The surrounding area, as well, offered several restaurants and attractions to make college life enjoyable.

    Food and Dining

    The food was superb. The cafeteria I went to the most was the Rock Cafe and the food there was almost home cooked quality. With several healthy options, there was something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my time in the dorms and can not wait to get back. As a member of the honors college I had a single room which made adjusting much easier. The residence assistants and staff were kind and helpful as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes definitely challenge you. As long as you do your work though they're not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Relax and enjoy your time there. As long as you give it your all, you will do just fine and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State is an excellent place to learn. The teachers are wonderful and attentive. Overall I felt that I received a quality education there.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ferris is know for being one of the safest college campuses in the State of Michigan.

    Greek Life

    I haven't looked into this aspect of college life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is definately something for everyone. I have already joined 3 clubs, including the Equestrian Club, Women in Technology and Community Service Club. There are hundreds more to chose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who wish to obtain a great education but don't want to attend a large campus and get lost in the shuffle.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm new on campus, but I love my program and the opportunities presented to succeed in my field. I am happy I made this choice for obtaining my degree and feel it will be money well spent.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on and you don't have to look far for fun. Numerous clubs to join, pool tables, ping-pong, card games and movie night with popcorn. Not to mention the parties, if you are so inclined. If you want to venture off campus, don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Old Pioneer Store and Emporium with the best ice cream and fudge in town. It's a great place to meet other students and the owners are the nicest people!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but it's not my moms home cooking. Maybe I should have her give them her recipe for peachy ribs-my favorite meal. All in all, I'm not complaining and I'm not going hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Exciting, eventful and sometimes a little crazy. Unless you come from a big family, it takes a little getting used to. You never have to worry about being alone, unless you chose to be. There is always someone willing to get together for meals, study time, or a little R & R.

    Academic Rigor

    Yes, there will be daily homework and assignments. I have found the professors to be readily available to answer any questions I have and to offer helpful suggestions. So far . . . so good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't sell this small town campus short. There are so many opportunities offered at Ferris and there is something for everyone. Take the time to check it out-you'll be glad you did.

    In three sentences

    As a freshman it has been a whirlwind experience. The campus has provided so many getting to know you types of experiences and I have been fortunate to meet many other freshmen from all over the United States. It has been a GREAT first two weeks!

  • 04/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For students going into Plastics, Pharmacy, and Automotive school this is a great place to be. However, if like myself you are enrolled in less well known college, English in my case, then you may not be really getting what you want. I find it difficult to get the classes I need at this college, but then again only 2-3 people graduate from my specific program each year.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm doing great for funding but I have a few advantages; 1. My father works here and as a result I get 8 free credits a semester 2. I work for Housing and Residence Life which gives me free room and board as well as providing me a job and a little extra money towards classes. 3. I qualified upon entrance to receive the Dean's scholarship which also helps pay for my tuition With just these three things alone I only pay about $100 a semester. Dean's has a limited life, and mine is about to run out, but it is well worth looking into what scholarships the University will offer you.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being that I've lived in this town since I was 7 years old I have become used to this place. It's a small community, but I'm hoping to get out of here once I graduate.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 29 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who has already gotten rid of their wide streak!

    Tips for prospective students

    Not a good school for those who haven't let loose yet.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good price.

    Did enjoy being here

    Its a true party school. Don't stay in Miller Hall if you want to learn anything! But it was awesomely fun!

    Did learn a lot

    I learned some when I did go to class.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like the small university feel, and a small town to go with it, then Ferris State University is a perfect match for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for college and scholarships early!

    Bang for the buck

    The price I am going to be paying includes so many different things.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have already met a few of my professors, and they seem very nice and fun.

    Will learn a lot

    I have heard that the professors are very knowledgeable, and they don't waste class time.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    i dont have much fun lol i spend more time studying than anything

    Food and Dining

    the rock. always go there it's amazing. westview is more like middle school cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    it's only two rooms to a bathroom so if you need privacy you have it

    Academic Rigor

    in the college of technology and 80% is a c so to get an a your average has to be 95% or above but they grade so hard your gpa is sure to suffer well except if you're a spunky girl.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard and long, don't let your work get ahead of you, have fun

    In three sentences

    good small class sizes. the town is pretty small but there are still a few cool things to do.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    well if your not studying you can always head to the rec center or go to the movies or just hangout with your friends in a gafe or something.

    Food and Dining

    the rock which is the closest cafeteria to me is great the food is made to order and its more of a restaurant than a cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is great so many people to meet and there is always something to do

    Academic Rigor

    in the program that i am in isn't to hard but i still have to make a visit to the library once or twice a week

    Tips for prospective students

    bring boots... bring a coat... be ready for winter...

    In three sentences

    this university is great for any one that wants to attend a school that has school pride. ferris state is all around a great school for anyone. ferris state should be a university that you should consider

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 33 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Not much, it is out there very small town, study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study school facts for interview and study hard for pcat.

    In three sentences

    I am attending here for Pharmacy school. The interview went smooth and the administration is so friendly. Excited to go here!

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are ticket happy.

    Greek Life

    There are lots of greek life opportunities. They are very active on campus and in the community.

    Great for these types of students

    Any!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Its one of the more cheaper university around Michigan but you don't have to worry about giving anything up on academics.

    What to do for fun

    Go two tracking down seasonal roads, lots of intramural sports, there is a fitness facility to workout.

    Food and Dining

    They have a dining hall called The Rock which has mongolian bbq, homemade food, salad bar. This place is awesome!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up on homework and don't stretch yourself to thin. Enjoy yourself it's college.

    In three sentences

    Great place to go for a college experience, while getting a good education. The teachers are awesome and people are very friendly.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Secure dorms with swipe card access and well lit campus.

    Greek Life

    A lot of Greek Life at Ferris State.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of RSO's to choose from. I am part of AdGroup and the American Advertising Federation.

    Great for these types of students

    Focus and forward thinking students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tubing down the Muskegon with friends in the summer.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out on the quad with friends or go tubing.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock Cafe has just about every kind of food and is yummy!!!

    Dorm Life

    You live in a little cement box with another person but you make lots of new friends and it isn't too bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging but with the help of professors you shouldn't have any problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to figure out what you want to do before attending school.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is an incredible school. It's filled with professors who have worked in the real world so they can properly teach the material you are learning for a specific subject. You won't regret life as a Ferris State Bulldog!

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 36 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    play basketball sing,and work out and hangout with friends

    Food and Dining

    pizz, coney island

    Dorm Life

    soo cool

    Academic Rigor

    mhmm..

    In three sentences

    i rate this school aye 24

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Around campus they have multiple emergency phones that you can use if you get into a situation.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like it is pretty decent priced considering what it costs to go to other colleges.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock is awesome, they have amazing food!

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms, you meet a lot of people and that is how you make most of your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Its not that hard if you spend time studying. You dont' always have to study alone though, there are plenty of places you and your classmates can go to study together.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus before the first day.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy going to Ferris. All my classes are close together and it is easy for me to find where I am going because the campus is small. The professors there are willing to help you and are friendly.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 38 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Grand Rapids is ridiculously safe, I love it. Police are everywhere around town making me feel secure.

    Greek Life

    I don't think there are any fraternities or sororities for Ferris, at least here in Grand Rapids.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are digital art competitions every semester that are really fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Technology-loving social students will absolutely love it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The teacher's parking garage is under ground, it looks like the Bat Cave.

    Bang for the buck

    The price per credit hour is very cheap and the education is top notch.

    What to do for fun

    I'm on the Grand Rapids campus, and the city is amazing. It's beautiful, clean, safe, and with lots to do like stores and movie theaters.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    The Grand Rapids campus doesn't have their own dorm, but they have deals worked out with several nearby apartment complexes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but satisfying, the teachers are all willing to sit down with you and help you learn what you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ferris offers tons of scholarships, keep an eye out and apply for all of them!

    In three sentences

    The classes are quite small. The teachers care and are very knowledgeable. The quality of education is fantastic.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 39 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue emergency phones located throughout campus when you need help. There are safety officers available to escort you to your car or dorm.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternity and sorority options on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for most majors. The clubs will give you the opportunity to be involved in the community and to volunteer your time.

    Great for these types of students

    I think Ferris State University is great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the Halloween season the students play a game called Zombies.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is comparable to most universities.

    What to do for fun

    Each dorm has activities to do in the lobby. There are pool tables, ping pong tables, video games and places to hang out with your new friends. The recreation center is located in the middle of campus and the rock wall is awesome. There is a swimming pool, aerobic classes, broom ball, basketball, volleyball, an indoor track and huge weight room with cardio machines.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock Cafe has a wide variety of food. There are so many options that you could eat a different meal everyday for a month.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are set up suite style. There are 2 rooms connected by a bathroom. Two people are in each room. The dorms are coed. There are a lot of activities planned by the resident advisor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a college visit and tour the beautiful campus. Ask questions regarding your desired field of study. Apply early for the best chance at scholarships.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many angles to take your major to, and the staff is adamant about helping you succeed!

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    public safety everywhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the rock which people paint events on.

    What to do for fun

    hockey games!!!!

    Food and Dining

    excellent choices.

    Dorm Life

    some people are nice and it is okay.

    Academic Rigor

    science classes like biology and chemistry are very challenging be ready for a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready for a ton of rain and walks in the cold if you live on campus.

    In three sentences

    a overall good school with very competitive and challenging courses. the small town environment is nice and friendly. the professors are all super nice and just want to help.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Ask any questions you have.

    In three sentences

    The Ferris BIS degree has suited my needs wonderfully. The classes are great. The professors have been professional and responded promptly to communications.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely give Ferris a chance to convince you to attend! They're very helpful with pointing you in a direction to help you start figuring out what classes you need to take.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is very friendly and helpful with any questions that I had. The campus is very easy to navigate, and there is plenty to do around campus between classes. Ferris has something for everyone!

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The river at Hemlock park, tube down the river, nature trails and a great chocolate store.

    Food and Dining

    Very good

    Dorm Life

    You meet lots of people but you have the party kids problems when you are trying to sleep.

    Academic Rigor

    The majority of people work hard and are serious about schooling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and groups! Do club sports, you will meet so many people.

    In three sentences

    The Rock dining hall is famous at this school for their amazing food options. The people are friendly and helpful. You can develop great relationships with your professors, they even remember names.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of registered student organizations and student involvement means that the community outreach is a huge part of student life on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many winnable academic and service scholarships available.

    What to do for fun

    Big Rapids is a pretty small community but there is a movie theater, some shopping, and of course the river where tubing adventures await! And if you get cabin fever, Grand Rapids is only an hour away. The only down-side: it is not too close to a beach on Lake Michigan.

    Dorm Life

    Also, if you are in the Honors Program, you get your own room! I would highly recommend it since it makes studying easier and alleviates stress about roommate tension.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is a great size for anyone who is interested in attending a state university but not thrilled on the prospect of hiking all over campus just to attend classes. It has lots of student organizations on campus that keep you involved and helping the community, while the Honors program is excellent for helping you plan your academic career and graduate with the best prospects.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With the blue lights everywhere, I never feel unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    I recently joined a co-ed fraternity and I have no grudges against any Greek group. Some of the fraternities have bad ideas tied to them, but they are quick to deny them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a healthy amount of stuff to do here. All groups I was ever in were small, and rather tight knit. If you got to be part of the group that was great and you made lots of friends, but if you weren't, it was easy to feel excluded.

    Great for these types of students

    Isn't as interested in a liberal arts education, but wants to learn mostly about their career of choice. There are DEFINITELY opportunities for learning outside your career field, it's just not as forced down your throat as I see in other schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock has a rock you can paint... but that may be about it.

    Bang for the buck

    The meal plan is a bit outrageous, but I know they are changing that a lot. Dorms are not bad, and tuition is great for a state university.

    What to do for fun

    Not Shooters. Despite what your parents may say if they are Michigan natives, Ferris is NOT as much of a party school as it was in the past. However, if you looked hard enough, you could find a party nearly every weekend. Definitely not a shortage of those.

    Food and Dining

    Only 2 dining halls and I got sick of them before the end of the year. They are changing a lot though! Hopefully for the better

    Dorm Life

    I was in an Honors dorm, and had a single room and shared a bathroom with 1 other person, but dorms are fairly simple. Nothing awful, but nothing great.

    Academic Rigor

    I've been challenged in challenging classes and not in non-challenging ones. Of course, there are exceptions, but not every professor is perfect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a basic meal plan. You don't need $300 bulldog bucks. Don't go to Shooters. It's a waste of money and time.

    In three sentences

    An open, smaller state university that is rather cheap. You get what you pay for, no bells and whistles. You go in, get an education and get a job.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Tubing down the river in the summer, snowboarding, ice skating, etc. in the winter, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are available for students who wish to purchase them, although I'm still debating whether or not I'll be able to get one. Tons of restaurants on campus as well as a cafe in one of the buildings.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently planning on living in McNerney Hall in the south part of campus. The suite consists of two rooms each with two students connected by a living space.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic schedule for my degree seems amazing! There's so many classes that I'm so excited for and feel I will love.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're thinking about Ferris State University, get as much information as you can. Ferris has a lot of degrees that not many colleges in the country even have not to mention it also is a very good school for optometry, heating and air, and automotive.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is a great school for all around career orientated learning. The staff and students are very friendly and are always there to help, not to mention always encouraging new students to join as many activities as possible. The small campus atmosphere creates a great, comforting learning experience and also gives students more opportunities for one on one learning with the professors.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always on duty and can be called at anytime for escorts or problems. There are even blue emergency telephone lines up around campus that call directly to dispatch for any emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have many activities to be involved in, you will never be bored!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is actually a stage near the campus bookstore where people are free to sing and dance for anyone who wants to sit and watch. On my campus visit I saw one of the RA's get up in stage and sing to everyone passing by, and he had an AMAZING voice!

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly I am was very concerned about money when applying for college, so if you're looking for a school with reasonable prices for a quality education then look no further. I found that Ferris had some of the best prices in the state compared to most other top dog universities. That is actually the reason I chose Ferris!

    What to do for fun

    There are many events that go on around campus everyday, and for students all of them are free. The school has concerts, art fairs, outdoor movies, social gatherings, museums, and year around sports events!

    Food and Dining

    The dinning experience is unlike any other school I've been to. They have so much to offer! Things like salad bars, cold cuts, subs, hot meal deals, ice cream, and even a Mongolian BBQ! Its very clean and organized, the workers are very friendly (most of them fellow students) and the food is so delicious!

    Dorm Life

    They have an amazing campus that I look forward to living on. They provide many living options such as dorms and apartments. If you live in a dorm you may also choose to live in a first year experience (FYE) dorm where you can get very involved in the community and learn the fundamentals of being on your own. I am personally taking this opportunity, as I suggest to any upcoming freshmen. The dorms are two rooms connected by a bathroom, and usually you have a roommate unless specified otherwise. The dorms aren't too small, and you have the option of building a loft which is also recommended.

    Academic Rigor

    There are so many programs offered at Ferris. There's programs from business, to criminal justice, to health sciences, and music degrees. They even have their own Optometrist Clinic, Dental Clinic, and a General Health Clinics all open to the public, where students and professionals work.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    So far so good.

    What to do for fun

    Go tubing in the Muskegon. Attend sporting events. Get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Love the dorms, but prefer to live in single room. Made lots of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are great but can be challenging. The academics are as tough here as any other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a program that you like, there are many to choose from. The Rock rocks. Make sure you come for a visit.

    In three sentences

    A great place to go to school. Faculty who are willing to work with you. Needs more student parking.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Football games, recreational sports, intramural sports, clubs, sororities, fraternities!

    Food and Dining

    I only eat on campus once in a while, but when I do, I really enjoy it.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging if you are not a good student. There are a lot of foreign professors that are hard to understand. Pay attention in class because there aren't many profs that care enough to go out of their way to help you. At this campus, it's all on you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you talk with advisors before you start your program. Don't just go for orientation and think you understand everything. Sit down and talk with SOMEONE that will care about you and your education.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is a great social university, however the learning is challenging. Only had few professors that were interested and none of my advisors have had a willingness to help. Very successful programs, just think there was a better suit for me!

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of intramural sports on campus, and a bowling alley, movie theater in town.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock is the only good dinning hall. Westview is good if you are on the north side of campus, but otherwise use it for breakfast or a quick bite before class.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are kind of small, but can become really home if you design them right.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely have hard professors in some departments, but there are plenty of easy going, understanding professors who will work with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be active on campus, there is not much to do in town so campus will be your home. Join programs such as FYE and use them to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Small town college with a close knit community. Very welcoming and easy to make friends. Not for people who like to party.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is Campus Police always patrolling around campus and there are emergency light post that call the police and make loud noises to protect you from being assaulted.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing, I am apart of a professional fraternity. Lambda Alpha Epsilon is the Criminal Justice fraternity. Like every fraternity or sorority, they need to give back to their community. Which all of our Fellow greeks do. We even made an event that originally started as just greeks do it, it's The Big Event. We go around to someones house and help them fix it or clean it. It's an all day event.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to get a great education and make lifelong friends will have no trouble here at Ferris.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many RSO's (registered student organizations) that there are to do, it's hard not to find something that you like to do that there isn't a group for. There are groups that have campus wide events sometimes to bring people just to enjoy themselves, concerts, bonanza's, ect.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going into Criminal Justice, Pharmacy, or Welding; I suggest you go here. The other programs are great as well, but the ones I listed are the best we have and what we are known for.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is truly a great school, all of the teachers put in an effort to teach the students. The students respond positively back getting more involved with the RSO's and clubs on campus. It's never a negative atmosphere to be in.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The only thing to worry about is getting your car smashed by drunk kids in the parking lot or getting hit by a car when you're trying to cross. Just keep your eyes open!

    Bang for the buck

    Ferris is considered pretty expensive for the location. Big Rapids is pretty boring but Ferris is over $350/credit hour. If you don't have any scholarships or grants, don't take out loans for your first two years. Consider community college to save money.

    What to do for fun

    Going out to Shooter's, tubing down the river, joining an RSO

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early on-campus, whether it is Greek life or an RSO. You will regret it if you don't.

    In three sentences

    I love Ferris but at the first the constant partying of many of the students bothered me at first. It's pretty much all a lot of students talk about. Most of the faculty are really nice, and as long as you do your homework you will be fine.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    They have tooonnnss of student activities. They offer more than 120 student organizations that you can join and plenty of clubs and intramural teams.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really like the Rankin Student center. It is usually pretty quiet so you can either sleep or study for your next classes.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't really much to do for fun around here. You mainly just hang out with friends, play games in the lobby, and sometimes go to Shooters for a fun night out.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are so much fun. You are right on campus so it is really easy to get to your classes and it's a great way to meet new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say if you have the grade point average and the ACT score, check out the honors halls. They are a really neat place and they give you good opportunities!

    In three sentences

    I really like it here! The food is great, the people are great, and the overall atmosphere is great! I would highly recommend coming to this college to anyone who asks.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out in town, go bowling, go to the movies, or go to the park

    Food and Dining

    The Rock cafe is a great place to go eat and there is so much to chose from. At westview there is not as much, but it is still good

    Dorm Life

    My rommate and I are best friends now, and it is so much fun. Everything is pretty centerally located and within a ten minute walk.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you set aside study time for your classes, especially if you are in a science based class!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take classes seriously and also have fun! Make new friends and go out on welcome weekend

    In three sentences

    Small town with friendly people. Not a lot to do on the weekends, but thats okay. Classes keep you busy with work.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are alot of things to do both on and off campus. You can join an Group specific to your major or you're free to join one that's not. We also have a movie theatre and The Gate, which is a good entertainment destination.

    Food and Dining

    I eat at The Rock quite frequently, and it is very good eats. There are options for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I never personally lived in the dorms, but I heard they were a blast to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    I definitely feel like I get the education I pay for at Ferris. Every class is smaller in size so it's more intense learning, but not difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check Ferris out. Don't be afraid to apply and do some research. If you want to know more about a prospective major, call the school and ask.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State is the school for anyone. There are quite a few majors to choose from, and all the majors have a good footing in their respective industries. Every major is top notch.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) at Ferris. Everyone is bound to find one that interests them and I highly recommend joining one!

    Bang for the buck

    People should come to Ferris expecting what they put into it. Utilizing all the extras that are free on campus such as the writing center and the recreational center will make you fell like you're getting your moneys worth.

    What to do for fun

    There are organizations on campus that bring different types of performers to campus such a comedians and political speakers. Also there are annual concerts that are very popular.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock Cafe is the best college campus food you'll find. There is a lot of variety and healthy choices. Westview is the other cafeteria and it is the standard cafeteria one would expect at a college campus.

    Dorm Life

    All the resident halls have a common area with different types of activities to do like ping pong, pool, and televisions. Also each floor has washers and dryers as well as an mini kitchen that has an oven, stove, and sink. The dorm rooms themselves are clean and functional.

    Academic Rigor

    I came from a good high school that I think prepared me very well for college courses. I would say that Ferris is relatively easy academic wise. Obviously professors vary but in terms of what is required to get into certain programs and to graduate, the standards are average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Big Rapids and visit campus for a day. Big Rapids is not the most lively town so if you're looking for shopping malls and an urban setting Ferris is not for you.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is everything it claims to be, but nothing more. I came to Ferris for a specific program and it has been as excellent as I anticipated. I enjoy my time here and I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 58 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Ferris has a lot that you can do to relax and enjoy yourself. If you want a peaceful day you can go to the library and search up topics that interest you. They also have plenty of areas for you to play your favorite sports like: basketball, hockey, golf and soccer.

    Food and Dining

    I never ate at Ferris facilities, but I heard that the Rock cafe has a lot of selections of food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm. I live with my family in Morley, Michigan. From other people that live on campus told me the dorms are good, but the people who live there can be a big hassle.

    Academic Rigor

    Ferris is strict with their rules and the way in which students need to abide in and out of class. When you are in class never miss more than four days in a semester, show up on time and always have your homework to give to your teacher. when you are out of class, park where you are assigned, and obey the laws that are set up by Ferris.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to always show up to class on time. Never miss a day of class unless you are sick. Make sure you ask questions or you will get behind in college.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy going to Ferris, there is always someone that can help you to succeed as a student. It is a good size University that is clean and well taken care of. Most of the professors of each class that I am in are concern for their students education.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 105

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    In three sentences

    Ferris is located in a nice small town that has most, if not all, of your essentials, as well as a lot of good food in the area. The dorms are decent and the cafeteria, known as The Rock, is phenomenal. There is also a Starbucks on campus and a nice store that sells pizza, ice cream, and all the snacks you would ever need.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 105

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    In three sentences

    I went on a visit and i loved it! Cant wait to attend in the fall. Super excited!

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I rate this poor because of the guy who assaulted the lady outside of the gym and was never caught. I feel as though all the campus police are too busy writing parking tickets.

    Greek Life

    My best move I ever made. I love being in a sorority and meeting tons or new people and all the activities and leadership opportunity s.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love being engaged in the on campus actives. Just wish they would do more.

    Bang for the buck

    FSU is very expensive but I plan on using more of what my money goes to, like tutors and the gym as well as sports games.

    What to do for fun

    I like participating in the RSO's and immoral sports as well as community service. Otherwise for fun there is not much. There is not place to shop, craft, or hangout.

    Food and Dining

    I have been in both the rock and west view on guest passes and west view I was not impressed at all but the rock was a lot better because I like have everything is cooked right in front of you and the variety.

    Dorm Life

    I am a transfer student so I never experienced the dorm life. I have been inside a couple and they look nice but not something for me.

    Academic Rigor

    I like how classes are set up and the flow throughout the semester but the end is so stressful because every single one of my classes the week before finals were not used for studying instead we were cramming last minute final test and large essays. I do not ever feel ready for exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk and be stressed but at the same time have years that you will not forget.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy FSU over all but there are come parts that make me stressed. Such as talk to any of the employees over the phone, I find they rude. As the high cost it is to print at the library and how crowded it gets in there. Lastly the parking, I can never find parking and I ways end up walking 3 miles to get to class.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 62 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    At any time, you can get escorted anywhere on campus. Campus has there own police and do regular patrols.

    Greek Life

    Several fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numbers clubs and activities. Try 1 out and see.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who doesn't want to be just a number. You end up seeing familiar faces and the professors can actually put a name to your face. Small enough to not be overwhelming, yet big enough to experience the college/dorm life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The big rock, by Rock Cafe. Always being painted something different. The Osprey webcam. Every year, Osprey come back and nest.

    Bang for the buck

    Compares to most small universities and colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Several student organizations are on campus. There are a variety. Pick one that interests you. There are several places, within walking distance, off campus. Always a sporting event going on. Lots of students take advantage of the snow and go sledding on the hills around campus. Warmer climate brings several activities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food options are great! That being said, no matter what the food, there comes a time when it can get boring. Try other foods. Every now and then, allow for an occasional meal off campus. Make sure to have snacks, etc. in your dorm room. You may need to grab something quick, if you have early classes. Make sure you eat!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be a major adjustment. Pic your roommate carefully! You will be living in close quarters with this person. Learn to lighten up on expectations. If not, you will be miserable. Start a cleaning schedule right away, with your roommate and suite mates. FYI-- not everyone knows how to clean. Learn, teach, and help.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put in. If you blow off classes, it will be a major struggle. If you fall behind, get some tutoring. It is free!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not go to college thinking it's like high school. It is not. Definitely attend all of your classes, no matter if you like them or not. If you are struggling, ask for help. There are lots of resources, so don't be afraid to seek help. Homesickness will hit everyone. Stay busy and get involved with on campus organizations. You will meet lots of new friends, just make sure they are the right ones.

    In three sentences

    Perfect size university. Lots of caring professors and advisers. Everything is in within a 15-20 minute walk.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Big Rapids has a ton of police. There are on campus police, city police, county police and state police. You will definitely feel safe, but sometimes it's even a little overbearing how many police there are!

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of frats and sororities to join!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have many organizations and intramural sports, there is definitely something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Hockey games are a BLAST if you like sports or fun/loud cheering sections.

    What to do for fun

    The Gate, Shooters, Hockey games and many fun events on campus!

    Food and Dining

    The Rock has a lot of choices, all of which are good. You really can't go wrong with the food here.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms definitely aren't the nicest, but there are a lot of events going on all the time when you live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends what major you go for, Ferris is pretty serious about Radiography, Dental Hygiene, Optometry and Pharmacy school. But overall it is a very good school where you can get as much help as you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to use the tutoring center when you are struggling before it's too late! Also make sure you understand all of your FAFSA loans, along with summer loans!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. I definitely recommend it. It's not too big, but not too small.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 64 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No sorority houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Registered Student Organizations for everything you could think of. If we don't have it then you can start a new RSO.

    Great for these types of students

    Country, laid-back individuals.

    What to do for fun

    Hockey games, house parties, some frat houses, Star Shooters, and Schuburgs.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock is the place to be for students and townies (local families). How many students can say their college cafeteria has a Mongolian Barbecue?

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms for two years and the only thing I liked about it was the countless opportunities to meet people. The dorms are very outdated at Ferris, but cover the basic needs for college students.

    Academic Rigor

    Its college. The classes are difficult if you slack and don't go to class. But, if you attend class and study a lot, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many RSOs as possible. Registered student organizations are the best way to meet people. Also, go to class! Professors know when you skip their class because a lot of them take attendance.

    In three sentences

    Big Rapids has a small town, country-loving feel to it. Ferris State is a growing university that caters to the majority of its students. Classes are small-sized and the professors know your name and care about your success in their class.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 65 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ferris has their own Department of Public Safety (DPS) that escort students throughout campus at night if they want.

    Greek Life

    Many different frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ferris has many club and intramural sports that anyone can join. Make a team with friends and dominate your competition.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Big Rapids, where Ferris is located, has many family owned restaurants. Their food is to die for.

    Bang for the buck

    Ferris is really the least expensive school that I looked at. For the quality of classes that will transfer to about anywhere, it's pretty cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Hockey games are the place to be in the fall and winter. There are always parties on the weekend and especially during holiday seasons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well in high school. If you have a good enough GPA and do well enough on the ACT or SAT, you could be enrolled in their Honors Program. You get a single dorm room all to yourself!

    In three sentences

    Ferris is the perfect size for campus life. It's not too overwhelming, but not too small to where it's no fun. I love it there and it's everything I could wish for in a college.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 66 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police and emergency phones are everywhere.

    Greek Life

    It is here , but I do not think it is for me. Too Too much party and I am interested more on getting my degree.

    Clubs and Activities

    not got involved yet , but they are abundantly around

    Great for these types of students

    Studens who can't stand the hassle, bussle of big city life or big, spreadout campuses. Small town atmosphere with not too much drama.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This is a walking campus. You can have a car here. but it is usually parked in the lot until you leave Big Rapids. And in winter there is a lot of snow. Have not gotten into the traditions yet, (I only have been there one semester, this fall I will learn more.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm in pre-pharm and it cost ~$26000 / yr to attend. So grants, loans and scholarships are important, especially if your not rich. But I wasted my money when I went to a community college.

    What to do for fun

    There is always school or dorm activities: ice skating, work out building, and of course parties. They even had a fun filled sybling weekend for the younger brother and sisters.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be bland and routine. But at least the Jello is eatable and doesn't bounce out of the disposal as when my father went to school in the '60s (EMU) And there is a kitchen in the dorm that can be used too.

    Dorm Life

    New friends with different backgrounds, Always people willing to helpand be involved. And After the acedemics, fun and enjoyable time together. My new family.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your field of study and how good you are in it, will depend how hard it is for you. They tell you when you come here, to have one or two areas of study to fall back on. Just in case you have trouble in your main area of study. Im in pre-pharm/pharmacy but i have science teaching as a falback couse of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    After going to a community college for two and a half years, I should have gone straight to Ferris. I lost one and a half years going to a community college. I learned more and retained more at Ferris in 1 semester than 5 semesters at a community college.

    In three sentences

    Great! The best thing is the staff, ALLWAYS helping students to make it. And the community is friendly which makes it even more educational.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 67 of 105

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    What to do for fun

    Ferris State is located in such a small town there isn't much for a girl who was born in the city to do. I'm down for anything but i wouldn't know what to do if it wasn't for the friends i made who go tubbing or mudding.

    Food and Dining

    There are like only two dining halls on campus. The Rock, which had more selection and better quality and the Westview, where Thursdays were wing night.

    Dorm Life

    I hated the dorm life. It really isn't for everyone. The only thing it helped me with is making friends. Other than that, most nights i could hardly sleep because of thin walls.

    Academic Rigor

    Ahhh, studies. A lot of my classes were easy to get by. And for my first year i feel i did fairly well. When i was in highschool, my teachers would always scare me into thinking i would do aweful in college. They always warned us that our professors wouldn't cae if we didn't know the material. So i was always worried i'd get left behind. Ha, boy was they wrong. I was always able to get the help i needed in any class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips i could give could range from dorm life and campus life. Try and make your room as comfortable and home-y as you can and also try to learn about organiations on campus.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University may not be a large campus but it is very diverse. The faculty, mainly the teachers i've had, are really understanding and entertaining. Even though i was scared at first to go to a school so far away it was easy to make new friends here.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 68 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safe as most places

    Greek Life

    i was told i couldn't join a frat so im a little jaded and will leave it alone

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for just about everything

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone

    Bang for the buck

    Seems alot like community collage for university price.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a party and the gate has bowling.

    Food and Dining

    Great food at the rock but West Veiw isn't the best.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in them but they don't seem bad.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not sure what other schools are like but, I've had less trouble with collage then I had with high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend your classes and show up on time.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers that care but tend to parent. Good social life without being insanely crazy. Horrible parking situation.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 69 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ferris I believe is one of the safest colleges in Michigan. Ferris Public Safety is on duty day and night to keep our campus and students safe. Ferris has a text and email alert system to update students if anything dangerous has occurring, which is seldom .

    Greek Life

    I support Greek life 100%. I joined a sorority my junior and the only regret I have is not joining one sooner. For me as a transfer it was hard to meet people, but I have met so many genuine people through Greek Life. Greeks volunteer and do a lot of great community service in and around the community and college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said above there are a lot of great clubs and organizations to get involved in.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say Ferris is about average compared to other Universities. You are not paying as little as a community college, but not as much as a larger University. Ferris has great financial aid options, grants and scholarships for students who need them.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do at Ferris; clubs, sports, organizations, and there are lots of community service opportunities. Ferris has fun activities happening on a regular basis at the quad. Music, concerts, and cook outs are popular among the students and most of these activities are free.

    Food and Dining

    Ferris has great food and dining options, the rock cafe is a favorite among students. The rock offers a variety of food to pick from: Mongolian BBQ, pizza, sandwiches, salad bars, desserts, and breakfast all day. Another favorite is Starbucks and the market. The market allows students to shop for snacks and groceries on campus, they even have healthy smoothies that are loved by many.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived at the dorms at Ferris, so I do not know about their dorms life. I do know though that Ferris has many dorm options from on and off campus housing. The dorms I hear are very safe and students make new friends each day.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Ferris are so very important! We as students are going to college to pursue our career choices and dreams, so academics is number one on priority list. Ferris awards and thanks students for their efforts and academic achievements.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as early as possible. Joins a club, fraternity, sorority, or organization. Students at Ferris take pride in their University and getting involved will not only help you make life long friends, but help out the community in many ways.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a great college because it is safe, everything is in walking distance for students, and the staff is more than helpful. There are many fun things to do at Ferris such as many types of clubs, sports, Greek life, and much more. Not only is Ferris fun and safe it has many great programs to choose from allowing students to feel comfortable with their future career options.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 70 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Don't drink anything at Pike.

    Clubs and Activities

    Try broomball. It's awesome.

    What to do for fun

    I'm not entirely sure. I'm an introvert. I fill out scholarship applications in the desperate hope that I won't be swamped in debt by the time I graduate.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock has pretty decent food compared to other schools. It can get repetitive though. We do frequently have townspeople come in to eat there too, so I guess that's a little weird. Try the oreo fluff, it is AWESOME!

    Dorm Life

    Sounds and smells travel through the walls. The things your roommate and suite mates do will annoy you. Limited space and sometimes an RA that has it out for you. Get out ASAP.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the courses are tough. They are looking to get the best of the best. Ask lots of question, keep up on homework, and you should do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Actually do your work, pace yourself. Bring winter boots.

    In three sentences

    Courses are difficult. Teachers make you do your best. It's worth it.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Amazing, we are not buying our friends. Just great people to have around you and get to have a great time in town.

    Food and Dining

    Great options to choose from, yet the Mongo grill can have a bit of a wait.

    Dorm Life

    Great, especially Cramer Hall, very spacious. Many different types so you can be closer to different things on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy and get involved in RSO's.

    In three sentences

    Best decision to go here and was able to meet great new people. Not to big of a campus so you can walk about everywhere. A lot of many different type of people, great culture.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Come take a look for yourself. See the programs and how it fits you.

    In three sentences

    I like the campus. They have a lot of different things to do socially. It has a very diverse group of students.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ferris is great for non-traditional and traditional students. They have day classes if you are a traditional on-campus student. If you are an off-campus student like me, they offer night a weekend classes so you could work, be a full-time parent and go to school.

    Bang for the buck

    Ferris State University works with Community Colleges to offer students affordable education.

    What to do for fun

    off-campus student

    Food and Dining

    off-campus student

    Dorm Life

    off-campus student

    Academic Rigor

    off-campus student

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter where you live in Michigan, check out all the off-campus locations Ferris State University has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University has given me an affordable and convenient way to earn my Elementary Education degree. I am able to attend Ferris in my hometown , Lansing, MI. This is important because I have three children, two still in elementary school and I need to be able to attend a local college.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 74 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ferris is one of the safest campus' I have ever been on. Our campus police are always patrolling, both on foot and in vehicles. Campus is very well lit, there are very few places that don't have lights. If you have to walk somewhere are night Ferris also has a escort system that you can call and have someone walk with you from your dorm to where ever you need to go, or back to your dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities for a wide range of students. They can be hard to find but they are there if you look for them.

    Bang for the buck

    That saying you get what you pay for doesn't apply at Ferris. You pay quite a bit of money for dorms that are scrubby and have issues with heating and the showers. College is expensive, but sometimes I don't think Ferris is worth the money I'm paying.

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't a lot to do for fun here on campus. We have hockey games, and other sports events, but if you aren't a sports buff it can take some work to find out other activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food at our two dining facilities are wonderful. It tastes really good, and there is a lot of variety. However the campus is very big and there are a lot of students, and there just isn't enough room in out two dining facilities.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are not freshman friendly and yet Ferris requires students to live on campus until they are 20 or if they live within a 50 mile radius. Some of the dorms are more worn down and they have a lot of issues inside them. Ferris has really small dorm rooms that aren't set up the best as opposed to some of the other college dorms I've visited.

    Academic Rigor

    Ferris is determined to watch you succeed. The staff and professors do everything they can to make sure you do your best, and get the most out of your money.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you need help with something don't wait till the last minute, it turns out a lot of people will need help with the same thing and it will be hard to get a hold of someone who can help you. Sometimes it can take time, but never get up, be very persistent when it comes to getting help for something.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a wonderful school in which they do everything possible to make sure their students succeed. They have teachers that have worked in and are retired from the field in which they are teaching. In my opinion they are a little over priced, but what college isn't?

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will always see public safety cars patrolling around the school and for the most part you will feel very safe. There are blue safety stations around campus that in case you feel like something is going on, you can push a button and police officer will be there right away

    Greek Life

    Not big on greek life, but there are a few fraternities ans sororities that you can join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ferris has a wide variety of activities and clubs. You can find something that you like here and if you dont like them or cant find one you can always start your own

    Great for these types of students

    People who adore the cold weather and love to go snow boarding and participate in winter activities will fit well here.

    Bang for the buck

    Its pretty good for the price of the tuition. It can definitely be better when it comes to technology, like WiFi.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things you can do. They have the Jim Crow museum in the basement of the library and thats definitely something to check out. This is by no means a party school but you can find some if you know where to look. If you're old enough, the bars are pretty good on certain nights.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is pretty good. They have a lot of variety. They also have Starbucks, Seattle's Best and Quiznos on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I actually live on the on campus apartment and am living alone. I prefer this way because i dont have to worry about roommates, but the dorms are alright. WiFi is really the only big problem that you might encounter.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are rigorous depending on the program that you are in. The business program can have some rigorous classes especially when you get more into depth with your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply early enough so you can have time to take care of things before you arrive to school. When it comes to financial aid, sing up for direct deposit and get a Huntington bank account because it speeds up the process when when comes to getting your refund.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a school where the students and faculty are very nice and helpful if its your first time around. Not really big for its athletic department except for its hockey team, which is division 1. And most importantly, professors are amazing if you are in the business program.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Snow board, sporting events

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is an awesome school.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    77 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always have someone there if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Go greek :)

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of IM sports you can sign up for!

    Bang for the buck

    Ferris state has gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons and join a sorority.

    Food and Dining

    The rock is the best!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are perfect size and the halls follow quiet hours and its quite easy to study.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging but it is more than likely attainable.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State is perfect for my needs. Classes are not too big and it is easy to learn what you need. I would defiantly recommend coming here to anybody.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are some fun things to do here. You can go to sporting events, bowling, and events that entertainment unlimited hosts in the auditorium.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good. Sometimes it gets repetitive where you feel like you are eating the same thing everyday.

    Dorm Life

    In the dorms, you can choose a room that is suitable for you. For instance, if you like a quiet environment there are halls that have mandatory quiet hours all day.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes are the most rigor at Ferris State. They may be hard, but you can pass them with studying and help from teachers.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a nice and friendly school to go to. The teachers all care about you and want you to succeed in their classes. Also, if you need help in your classes there are many places to go to get help.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    79 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs than I can count.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in technology, pharmacy, and culinary arts should look into Ferris.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone loves the Rock some people spend all day there.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do in Big Rapids. On campus we have a gym that's free to the students, several clubs that do things like racing or competing with other clubs, a gulf course, and many different programs held by the students themselves.

    Food and Dining

    Ferris currently has two restaurants that are covered by the meal plan. The Rock is famous throughout Michigan for a good reason.

    Dorm Life

    There's nothing really special about the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    In my program I have to study almost everyday, but for my career goals, everything I learn is important.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that incoming students should study at least twice as hard as they did in high school.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State, in my opinion; is the best School in Michigan if you're interested in automotive. The class sizes are small and the courses contain a lot of content. I feel like I made a good investment going here.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 80 of 105

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    What to do for fun

    Fun... What's that? It is a small town, not much to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock is good, but it is the only good on campus dining facility.

    Dorm Life

    East Campus Suites are wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, it can be relatively hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Community college first will definitely save you some money.

    In three sentences

    This is where the Optometry College of Michigan is located. Big Rapids is a small town, and nice if you don't prefer cities. Boring at times, but I love it.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    81 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For a new comer from far away country, it feel so comfortable to get along

    Greek Life

    The more to get in with care, the more things to bring it for use

    Clubs and Activities

    Need to be enrolled with a full enjoyment for the best outcome ahead

    Great for these types of students

    smart senior that so helpful and friendly

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Here I can introduce my Indonesian style of traditional dance

    Bang for the buck

    A new poke that means a warm acceptance for me

    What to do for fun

    To bring down of all specific personality will be great source for positive blending of friendship

    Food and Dining

    To make a fast adjustment for students from abroad look easily to get it down the right

    Dorm Life

    So far so good to know its arrangement and setting for a higher learning need

    Academic Rigor

    So far I have read along on the Ferris State University, there is much more good things that prospective student may get for the best progress in academic life and future carrier

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare as soon as possible about credentials in relation to apply for this well managed university in order to get the right place!

    In three sentences

    When I have finished to fill out the basic information of my education in the secondary school, the Ferris State University is among the first education that send an interesting invitation. Eagerly in return I read along the whole web. It's amazing that there are various things I need to know further, including the way to get scholarship!

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    GREAT FOOD!

    Dorm Life

    Have yet to live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Have yet to take classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for help at orientation!!! Make sure you understand what classes you need to take.

    In three sentences

    Close to home! Great Cafe! Friendly people!

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    83 of 105

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Just walk down the street! There are billboards for events everywhere!

    Food and Dining

    Great! You are in Grand Rapids when attending Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

    Dorm Life

    Living in apartments for Kendall instead of dorms is a change, but often times it teaches lessons not learned in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes will be hard, but you know it's worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in contact with the school. It really helps!

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University has great communication with students and parents to make sure you are always kept in the loop. Signing up for classes was quick and easy while still making sure your opinion or preference is taken into consideration. The environment in which you work does not make you feel crowded, but more so welcomed and like you are important enough to be there.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    ICE SKATING!

    Food and Dining

    Center Ice is the way to go!

    Dorm Life

    Great way to meet new people and very accessible for class!

    Academic Rigor

    Dental Hygiene was intense but after I graduated I was fully prepared for the dental office -

    Tips for prospective students

    Student activities and tutoring services are great, get involved for a better experience!

    In three sentences

    Finishing my Bachelors of Dental Hygiene at Ferris State University was a milestone in my life as well as my families. As the first of the family to graduate college I have grown personally and professionally at FSU and wouldn't change where I went to school for the world. Instructors were willing to spend that extra time after class ensuring students understood material.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are always activities to participate in. There are activities in each dorm hall, sports, programs and even entertaining events in the auditorium. There are plenty of sororities and fraternities that meet the needs to a diverse student body. There should never be a dull moment when participating to on campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are different dining areas on campus with the newly remodeled dining hall which is so diverse and delicious that even the community visits for a nice dinner.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life can be fun at times. There is a great security system to ensure the safety of the students. There are alternatives to possible issues with rooming situations. There are always activities in each dorm to ensure that students are always included in the college life including interaction with other students.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework may seen difficult at times but there always professors and the academic help center to help along the way. There should never be a moment where a student is completely lost on a subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep striving with furthering your career. There are many people at FSU that will bend over backwards to make sure you succeed.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is an energetic and prospering school. Your surrounded by great people as well as educators who strive to further your education. FSU has become one of the top schools in different educational programs.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    86 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's directly down town. There is security guards and police every where looking out for people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is clubs for pretty much every major and interest out there.

    What to do for fun

    Ohh there is a countless amount of things to do! Art prize is a popular thing to do. The mall off 44th street. Rosa Parks circle usually has a lot of things going on. Ice Skating in the winter time. Movies in the summer.

    Food and Dining

    City life dining. There is a huge variety of choices for food. Anything you can think of.

    Dorm Life

    We don't have dorms. Some type of student housing, but it is costly.

    Academic Rigor

    Critical Transitions is a class you will take your freshmen year to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to apply for scholarships and grants as much as you can, because it is very costly. Especially if your doing it all by yourself with out the help of parents. I go to school full time, I work full time on the weekends(30 hours) just to commute to school. I have taken out loans, and I am a Mary Kay Consultant. I'm picking up pennies trying to get by. Save as much as you can!

    In three sentences

    I attend Kendall College of Art and Design and I love it here. The people are so down to earth and amazing. I would recommend any one that is pursuing their art career to come here!

  • 09/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    87 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe area

    Clubs and Activities

    lots to get involved

    What to do for fun

    swim, bike, drive jeeps , boating

    Food and Dining

    excellent food always something that I like

    Dorm Life

    very fun with lots to do in the area

    Academic Rigor

    the academics are challenging but all interesting teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    enjoy travel and the outdoors

    In three sentences

    I am going to Ferris State University enrolled in the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. This is a unique program located in beautiful Traverse City Michigan. The Deck and Engineers program is the only program like this on the great lakes. The pay with this degree and opportunity to travel is endless. The teachers are very interesting.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    88 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is the highest success rate for Criminal Justice majors. Our campus is patrolled by five disbatches to ensure ultimate safety from campus police to bike police.

    Greek Life

    If you have time for Greek Life, join!

    Clubs and Activities

    With more than 220 registered student organizations, you are bound to find something at Ferris State that sparks your interest. Some of these organizations include Bulldog Radio, which is our on-campus radio station managed by students. Advertising clubs, Marketing majors, Accounting Associations and many more!

    Great for these types of students

    Stay Active! College is the best time of your life, enjoy it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition on-campus is our Big Event. This is a BIG day where more than 1,400 students meet in the center of campus and volunteer to clean the community. Faculty, staff and decision-makers hand out paint brushes, rakes, trash bags and much more! The volunteers walk around the community and assist householders with any household chores such as painting fences, cleaning leaves, trimming trees and washing windows. The Big Event is the student's opportunity to say thank you for the community support.

    Bang for the buck

    If you decide to attend Ferris State University, remember that you are in college to better serve your ultimate objective. This is a well-rounded university with students who range from small town country folk to fast paced city lovers. We have a range of international students who host multi-cultural events to give the students a taste of food, music, dancing and culture. I highly recommend studying abroad to enrich your college experience! The International Office of Education offers grants and scholarships to students to participate in traveling to another country.

    What to do for fun

    Ferris State University is located in a smaller community with limited entertainment and shopping. There is a bus shuttle that drives to our nearest metro city, Grand Rapids where there is another campus location for students to attend classes. Ferris State University hosts weekly activities in the Williams Auditorium including hypnotists, comedians, musicians and many more student-oriented events!

    Food and Dining

    The Rock Cafe at Ferris State University has its very own Mongolian BBQ. This is a buffet style cafeteria where you are able to select your meals from different sections depending on your hunger. Each department has a name included such as the Wooden Grille, which is usually burgers or sandwiches. The Brick Oven, fresh, deep dish pizza. And the selections continue with breakfast, subs, sandwiches, salads and more! The atmosphere is unique because there are different seating arrangements depending on your taste.

    Dorm Life

    Although I did not live on campus, the residence life at Ferris State University provides a small town feeling. With monthly hall meetings, game nights and study groups; students are able to meet other individuals in their residence halls. Wireless interest is accessible anywhere on campus. The resident halls are built on a 'suite basis,' which means you share one bathroom with the conjoined room. Depending on the residence hall, you may have laundry and kitchen on each floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors care about your academic success with their open-door policy. If you are having trouble with a class, you may attend the Student Academic Support Center for FREE tutoring in any subject without a scheduled appointment. Students have resources throughout the campus to become successful students. Each semester, the University provides resume workshops, mock interviews, job fairs and career days hosted by companies who may be interested in hiring Ferris State students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships to avoid student loan debt. Join registered student organizations to find other students who host the same passion and interests. Stay active!

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is considered a diverse campus that provides culture to become a well-rounded student. With unique programs such as Pro Tennis Management, Golf Management, Optometry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Engineering and many more; there is something for every student to enjoy. The surrounding community is supportive by providing discount coupons for their business services.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Would not advise anyone to become a student here if you had another choice

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely can do a lot better than Ferris. Extremely disappointed for a university!! Tutoring unavailable, and had to set it up and pay myself. (tuition pays for this) Disabilities center severely lacking any reasonable information and help! Technology severely lacking for general student use, and lack of study/commons areas!

    What to do for fun

    Not a lot of commons areas to meet or to study.

    Food and Dining

    Great food VERY expensive!!!

    Dorm Life

    Didn't stay in a dorm, but I did hear about bed bug problems, and lack of concern from the university about it.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall good teachers, but you can tell they teach from the same material year after year after year! some reading straight from their powerpoints. Teaching?? really?? One really great teacher, and one, not so much. Online courses either really easy, or Engl 250 MUCH MUCH harder than other teachers teach. Professor referred to his own class as 300 level class in his expectations, but with little to no teaching, except being self taught. very little input on his grading or what was wrong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Advising; miss-advised or little counseling from advisers. Talk to the advisers themselves, NOT any advise from assistants!!! Way to many mistakes, and miss- information!! Blackboard is useless for planing, calender, or course scheduling!! full of problems, and all the teachers use it differently so it doesn't interact properly. many students use sticky notes or white boards to schedule classes and course work. (train the teachers properly and spend the money to fix blackboard!!) Blackboard and it's problems and downtime alone cost me a drop in grade in two classes. Turn in work early, blackboard goes down often, and most teachers will NOT accept late work, NO exceptions!! Avoid eng250 online course at all costs!! Find another University to go to!

    In three sentences

    Very disappointed! I expected so much more from a University standard of Ferris. Technology is sub-standard, and advising and counseling at this University is severely lacking! I will be transferring to another university after my first semester! NOT worth the extra money! look at the overall rating of Ferris online. most give it a C+, I believe a C- or lower is a better overall representation!

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food selection appears great.

    Dorm Life

    Although I am not the most interested in how dorm life is operate, is seems that Ferris is able to provide enough for any student attending.

    Academic Rigor

    As said above, the programs that the school has to offer appear very challenging, but rewarding.

    In three sentences

    Ferris appears to be a school with a diverse amount of culture and educational programs. The atmosphere and student/professor ratio is also enticing. That, combined with the tuition rates, makes this a very good for a college.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The nuumber 1 rule of this campus is to be safe. There are police everywhere so students will never be afraid and fell unsafe.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are heavy around campus there are so many I lost count. They really take pride in what they do.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and organizations on campus, there will be so many ways for students to get involed and get active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some people who like to walk around with no shoes on.

    What to do for fun

    There is lots of events going around on campus. Just last night I went to and event called A Day of Gratitude which was basically Asians and African Americans coming together to show each of us what their cultures is like. It was many food, fun, and games.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, it has its days where you decide to go to Mcdonald's instead but overall its pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on you, me personally I didn't mind the dorms we dont have community bathrooms, even though its four people to one bathroom its better than the whole floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are very nice and care about your education. They will do anything to help so don't be afraid to ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know where you want to live, choose it wisely because you can be far from your classes or really close.

    In three sentences

    It is a pretty good school. The hockey team is division 1, they won many nationals and are awesome. The food is good as well.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ferris is patrolled 24 hours of the day. It is under the protection of campus police, big rapids police, and FSU Safety. These people write tickets, investigate suspicious behavior, and provide a sense of security.

    Bang for the buck

    Ferris is well worth the money, provided you take advantage of the food, rec center and educational help. One of the best decisions I've ever made.

    What to do for fun

    The Student Recreation Center is a free place for all Ferris Students to swim, work out, play basketball, volleyball, and much more. The Ewigleben Civic Arena is also right across the street. Providing an additional basketball court and ice rinks. Home to the Ferris State Bulldogs hockey team. There is also a raquetball facility available to all students. You will never get bored!

    Food and Dining

    The food service at Ferris is amazing! Ferris main cafeteria 'The Rock', has a better food selection than most restaurants. It provides a huge selection, pleasant staff, great food, and a fun atmosphere.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms provided for housing are clean, enjoyable and relaxing. RA's do a very good job at maintaining peace between residents, while allowing tenants to enjoy themselves and have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The instructors at Ferris do not ask more than what is necessary. You wont find yourself doing repetitive or unnecessary work. You wont have a bunch of meaningless or stressful homework either. There is a good balance of work, sleep and relaxation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont be afraid to ask for help, the Ferris State Staff is very understanding and helpful. Get a lot of rest, but dont forget to spend a lot of time studying.

    In three sentences

    Ferris has provided me with all the help, guidance, and confidence I need to earn a degree. The campus is a very welcoming and enjoyable place to be. I would recommend Ferris State University to everybody interested in college.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    93 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    FSU safety patrols campus on foot, by bike, by car, and they provide escorts to walk you to places on campus at night, and emergency phones all over Big Rapids.

    Clubs and Activities

    You will find an amazing amount of clubs and activities. If youre a student that likes to get involved, you will not get bored here.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students, Welding students, Optometry, Dental Hygiene, and especially Criminal Justice.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a little expensive, although, once you get here, you will understand why. The facilities are all amazing, the internet is pretty good for covering such a large area. The food is great. The fitness and sports facilities are great. Its simply awesome here.

    What to do for fun

    Big Rapids has many things to do. Bowling, mini golf, pool, ping pong, swimming, working out, racquetball, and much more. It is great here.

    Food and Dining

    At the moment, Ferris has two cafes on campus. Both provide and amazing selection and great quality in their food. Ive definitely gained my Freshman 15 and some. Try not to do that.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and enjoyable. Ive been in the dorms for the past two semesters, I will be moving into an apartment next fall though. Ive received enough of the dorm life, I need privacy and a little more luxury than the dorms can provide.

    Academic Rigor

    Ferris provides students with almost the perfect amount of work and free time, depending on your professors and your majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, don't get caught up in the drinking and party scene. Don't be afraid to ask for help. from ANYBODY. Everybody on campus is more than happy to assist you or point you in the right direction for help.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is a great school. It is great to start your college here or to even transfer. They provide great programs and everybody loves it here.

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    94 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    My safety has never felt compromised. Campus police and FSU safety are good at watching over the campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is noticeable on campus but it is not crazy big like some other universities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of student run organizations to get involved in. There is essentially something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Small town students who do not like being in a crazy environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are none that I am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of tuition is moderate, but there are plenty of scholarships to help lower the cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of restaurants to go to. Grand Rapids and Mt. Pleasant aren't far away either. I personally like the park in the summer.

    Food and Dining

    It is okay. I personally like cooking so I would rather do that.

    Dorm Life

    It is awful, but its awful everywhere. So just make it through the first year and then move off.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were hard but not unbearable. It depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships!

    In three sentences

    I really enjoyed Ferris State University. It is a small town so everyone gets to know one another, and the you develop good relationships with your professors. Also, they offer quite a bit in financial aid if you did well in high school.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun get involved with clubs and other activitys like real life.

    Food and Dining

    The rock has amazing food and a wide range of options.

    Dorm Life

    The doors are rather small, but what doom isn't.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want good grades you have to work for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a general idea what you want to do. don't just take classes have a goal in mind.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University has a wide range of programs and degrees to pursue. Ferris staff is very helpful. They also have good food.

  • 04/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Big Rapids, MI is a smaller town, but the fun is always present.

    Tips for prospective students

    If going to Ferris, make sure you call them and keep track of all of your scholarships, schedules, and applications.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University seems outdated. Classes are not as flexible as I would hope for. Many departments of the University are very unorganized and will always send you to another department for answers to questions.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    97 of 105

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    theses people who walk around all night to make sure everything and everyone is safe. theres safety centers. and very little crime on campus

    Greek Life

    it is just a drinking party. if you want to pay to have friends, and get drunk every weekend then this is the place for you. they do more parting then community service, so have fun if you decide to go Greek!

    Bang for the buck

    living on campus can be expensive, but it is a lot of fun. you truly learn a lot and make life long friends because you live with these people!

    What to do for fun

    join an RSO (registered student organization) and meet new people. go for walks, chill and eat. play pool in your lobby. get out of your room!

    Food and Dining

    live close to food, that way you can go on the really cold nights.

    Dorm Life

    when you get involved and go to the programs, you get to know a lot of people.

    Tips for prospective students

    roommates can be a pain, know your rights as a roommate. live close to food, but eat healthy, you don't walk that much.

    In three sentences

    to big of a class size, but most teachers care. some teachers cant teach, but are willing o work one on one. beautiful view and people everywhere you look.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a down home feel, and that enjoy a very community based school/town would love Ferris.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock on campus has a great selection and always taste great!

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay on the campus, so I am not really sure. I have never really heard a complaint too bad about it, but it is a college dorm so you know what to expect.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are simple enough, but like with any school the difficulty varies with the class. Overall the professors really do care and the school provides many opportunities to get help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a school that has a very home-like feel, then ferris is your school. It has a great range of degrees and its a small enough campus that you feel the quaintness of the time, but at the same time you're able to get the college experience.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a wonderful school to attend. The professors truly care about you and your abilities to do the work and you're always greeted with a smile everywhere you go. The campus has a very home like feel and the people on campus are one of a kind.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is an awesome place to workout, play intramural sports, go hiking, disc golf, and so much more! Not to mention the tubing down the river when its warm.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock Cafe is the best place to eat period. They have everything

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are one of the best ways to meet people and get the college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Show up to class, do your homework, put forth some effort and you'll do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to meet people. I would of had to try to not meet people because of the amount of student organizations there is to join.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is an exceptional school to attend because of so many ways. The most important to me is how easy it is to get involved with the community and other students. This helps me network with future co-workers and build a resume at the same time!

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    On Ferris States myFSU site they have an additional link to go to a site called org-sync and there you can sign up for almost i think 100 different clubs and activities. There it gives you reminders and opportunities to volunteer or just go hangout at these clubs. For example, there is a American welding club, a cheer team and bulldog radio. All of which you can easily sign up for. No audition needed. Simple.

    What to do for fun

    Everyday here there is always something going on. Rather it be a little hall get together or and event at Williams auditorium. There is a constant amount of activities you can do to get up and have fun at. We also have ice skating during the winter and volleyball or north/south quad games. People like to go outside on a nice day and play some flag football. Stuff like that happens everywhere.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining places for students with student meal plans to eat. And those are the Rock an Westside. I prefer Westside. Most people prefer the Rock. I like Westside because it reminds me of home. It is a smaller cafe not many go to it unless it is a Thursday night because of wing night. Other than that the food is great and you just always have a wide variety of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is laid back. Yes you have RAs that constantly wanna know how you are, but what school doesn't. I think it is so great to be in a dorm because it puts you in a position where you have to get to know someone else outside of your comfort zone and life with people you have never met until now. It gives you a chance to see what you as a person can and cant handle.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give Ferris four stars because some of their classes may not be particularly difficult to understand it is the vigorous work and effort you have to put into the class in order to get the grades you want to achieve. It takes many night of studying sometimes and if that's what it takes to get an A then so be it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips I would give would be, to be sure to get in all your assignments. Especially online ones. For me personally I tend to forget to check my email or blackboard and end up procrastinating on assignments. Not putting in all your effort can really affect your grades. Also, to go out your comfort zone and really get to know people. Rather it be going to hall games/meetings, or going to events around the school. There is always something going on and opportunities to have fun and meet new people. You never know who you might meet.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State University is a well rounded school where I believed to be a very safe community. The students here have a wide range of opportunities and chances to become everything they wanna be. Ferris is also a school that is big on diversity and having their students educated about the cultures around them.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Big Rapids is a pretty safe place.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is smaller on this campus compared to others but this allows most Greeks to know just about everyone. Greek life here is it's own little community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life and many Student organizations to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor and small town people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fun local spots, river walks, the river, tubing.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like all colleges today are pretty expensive. It's just the price we have to pay for our education.

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations, Greek Life, outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is great.

    Dorm Life

    All freshman should live in the dorms to get the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It is something that can be done with hard work and dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for anything. Be flexible.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is a great school. Professors are flexible and willing to work with students to meet our needs. Students here are down to earth and easy to work with.

  • 04/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't had many encounters in which I felt unsafe on campus. Then again, I don't walk around at night much. However, I do know that aside from the Big Rapids police, we have public safety here on campus that patrol around at all hours of the day. One thing I know for sure is they are good at giving parking tickets!

    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and sororities on campus but not as many as the average college. Also, for whatever reason, sororities are not allowed to have houses so they can't all live together.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of registered student organizations on campus. Being in Honors, we are required to join one. They have ones that have to do with your major, such as pre-pharmacy club, and pre-optometry club. But, there are also RSO's for various hobbies and interests, such as the hula hooping club, arts and crafts club, and DSAGA.

    Great for these types of students

    Many people that go here like to hunt and listen to country music. Not that everyone is like that, and not to make any sort of stereotypes whatsoever. But, it is also good for students who like a small community, and a relatively small campus. You won't run into the exact same people everyday, but our campus is small enough that you won't get lost. I do have many of the same people in my classes, but this normally happens because we have similar majors. There are parties here but not enough to be distracting to those that do not participate in that sort of activity.

    Bang for the buck

    Basically, college is expensive no matter where you attend. My bill is about $11,000 average per semester. this includes, tuition (14-15 credits), room and board, meal plan, and other various expenses like the health building, and the recreational center.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't too much to do around town and that is one of the more boring things about attending Ferris. It is also hard because it is so cold most of the time. However, we do have various parks around town that are on the river. One of the favorite things to do while it is warm is tube down the Muskegon river with coolers and such on hand. Other than that, we do have a movie theater, a tattoo shop, a bar called Shooters, and many food optons around town. Visiting the historic downtown can be somewhat interesting if exploring for the first time.

    Food and Dining

    While we only have 2 cafeterias to choose from, they are both pretty awesome. The Rock, which is the main cafeteria located in the North quad, is a buffet style restaurant. I say estaurant because it doesn't look like your average cafeteria. The seating is nice and comfortable, there is a fireplace in the back, and it has very elegant decor. The food is also very good. They offer a sandwich station, a mongolian grill, an omelet station, Woody's grill (which is burgers, fries, etc.), world's fare (various foods from other countries), Brick Oven Pizza, Pasta Station, and a Healthy Choice Station. Along with these items, there is cereal, desserts, fruit, a waffle maker and many other things to try. The other cafeteria is West Side, which is not as fancy but still supplies decent meals. One of my favorites is the late night menu (served after 8 pm) on thursdays. You can order wings with whatever sauce you choose, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and soft pretzels.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the Honors dorm is nice, but be expected to be watched all the time. The RA's seem to have a stick up their butt. I opened my screen window for about 2 minutes once adn 30 seconds later an RA was at my door saying someone complained about it. Loud music also gets complained about a lot. You would think you had to be silent and doing homework at all times.

    Academic Rigor

    Many teachers that I have had almost seem like they are too smart to be teaching the class. They breeze over things that a lot of us need a full explanation for. They also go way too fast for some of us to be able to grasp the concept. However, in my experience, I have always been able to go to a professors office hours and get one on one help. They are also readily available for seperate appointments if you do not have time to go during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get intot he Honors College. You will have to do community service and go to cultural events, but you get your own dorm room. Do not base your choices in professor by ratemyprofessor.com. A lot of times, people on the site have different opinions on professors because of THEIR work ethic. For example, someone who hates the class and professor and complains aout how hard the class is might just not go to class or spend enough time on the subject. It is okay to go to parties and drink, but do not let it get the best of you. There is a way to balance having fun and getting your work done. Don't blow off a class and never go to it just because you think you already know the subject and can study on your own. Often times there are surprise quizzes or tests and labs get moved around. You won't know about these things if you are skipping everyday. Also, it is easy to get a borderline grade such as an 89.7%. Professors WILL NOT bump you up and this could greatly effect your GPA.

    In three sentences

    If you want to come to school and be in a small, pretty tight community, this is the place to do so. However, there is not much diversity here. The weather is pretty cold for about 6 months out of the school year (November-April).

  • 04/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is much better than the food at most other Michigan colleges.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome people.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes can be tough, but nothing's unpassable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Ferris is a great school with great programs. You'll meet lots of great people. Most of the professors really care about their students.

  • 06/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I honestly don't know what there is to do for fun. I work out at the SRC for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The Rock has decent food, but it's currently $9.25/person

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorm, so I am not the right person to ask, but if you can get out of living in a dorm, I would. They are a waste of money, they are too small, and the likelyhood of getting a cold is very high.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are pretty hard, but I have worked hard and have a 3.96 GPA so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely tour the capmus and become familiar with it, I did not and I regret it.

    In three sentences

    Ferris is perfect for students who want an affordable 4 year college. (Affordable isn't a thing when it comes to college, but this comes close.) It has many great programs including pharmacy, and is one of the best colleges in Michigan for radiography.

  • 07/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great mongo. Has a variety of meals.

    Dorm Life

    Just like any other dorm. No kitchen, but just a spacious room.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are hard on task. You learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to bring all your clothes. During Thanksgiving and Spring break, you could bring back home or school what you need.

    In three sentences

    Ferris State is a great academic public university to not only enjoy but learn from. It takes a lot out of you but it's one of the best for academics for earning a degree from there. It's a great university to go to.