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Ferris State University is a public institution situated in Big Rapids, Michigan. The surrounding location of Big Rapids is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

187 Undergraduate Degrees
27 Graduate Degrees
$18,324 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
74% Acceptance Rate

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Ferris State University Rankings

Out of the 42 colleges in Michigan, Ferris is ranked at #5.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Ferris.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#52 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Ferris has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#36 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#62 Best Colleges for the Money College Factual
#65 Best Healthcare Associate’s Degree Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#192 Best Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#248 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is Ferris State University?

Location of Ferris State University

Contact details for Ferris are given below.

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

How Do I Get Into Ferris?

You can apply to Ferris online at:

Admission Requirements for Ferris

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Ferris?

74% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Ferris State University is 74%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to Ferris submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 460 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ferris State University  ( 480 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Ferris State University  ( 460 to 580 )
Ferris received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Ferris State University  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Ferris State University  ( 17 to 24 )
ACT Composite Scores for Ferris State University  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford Ferris State University?

$18,324 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
7.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ferris is $18,324. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Ferris, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $7,487 a year. That adds up to $29,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ferris is 7.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Ferris State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,779 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,184 undergraduate students at Ferris, with 7,779 being full-time and 3,405 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Ferris

There are also 1,288 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,779 full-time undergraduates at Ferris, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Ferris

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ferris Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 90
Black or African American 666
Hispanic or Latino 465
White 5,987
International Students 143
Other Races/Ethnicities 428

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Ferris State University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 48 countries are represented at Ferris. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Ferris State University

1,276 Took All Classes Online
3,706 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Ferris. In 2017-2018, 3,706 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 5th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Ferris

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ferris State University was -1.6%. This is the #1,611 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ferris regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Ferris majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing Administration 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ferris ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Ferris.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing Education #58
Nursing Administration #73
Registered Nursing #390
Nursing #477

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Ferris State University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 187 0 0 187
Nursing Administration 0 0 24 24
Nursing Education 0 3 0 3
Nursing Practice 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 187 3 24 214


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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