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The opportunities and options available to Master of Science in Nursing students have put Ferris State University among the top programs in the nation in terms of affordability, according to an online education resource guide.
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Ferris State University College of Engineering Technology students found success June 22-23 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.
Ferris State University College of Engineering Technology students found success June 22-23 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.
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Governor Rick Snyder has announced reappointments to the Michigan Board of Optometry for two Ferris State University alumni, and the associate dean emeritus of Academic and Student Affairs for the university’s Michigan College of Optometry.
Governor Rick Snyder has announced reappointments to the Michigan Board of Optometry for two Ferris State University alumni, and the associate dean emeritus of Academic and Student Affairs for the university’s Michigan College of Optometry.
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Inspired by Ferris State University’s collective enthusiasm for student success, Joy Pufhal is excited to become its new dean of student life.
Inspired by Ferris State University’s collective enthusiasm for student success, Joy Pufhal is excited to become its new dean of student life.
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Amber (Balmer) Kneibel has a great Ferris story to tell. In this edition of the Bulldog for Life series, the Ferris alumna and former University employee shares her Ferris experience, how it helped shape her future, and what she's up to, now.
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Twenty-seven Ferris State University students have learned that they are Legacy Scholarship recipients as $30,000 has been awarded by the university’s Alumni Association for the 2016-17 academic year.
Twenty-seven Ferris State University students have learned that they are Legacy Scholarship recipients as $30,000 has been awarded by the university’s Alumni Association for the 2016-17 academic year.
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This edition of the Ferris First series highlights Andrew Klarecki, a student majoring in Plastics Engineering Technology. He discusses how he fits in at Ferris and how the University is preparing him for his future. #FERR1S
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A graduate of Ferris State University’s Criminal Justice program has been reappointed to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.
A graduate of Ferris State University’s Criminal Justice program has been reappointed to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.
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As another academic year approaches, at Ferris State University, registered student organizations, or RSOs, are reminded that “Bulldogs in Action” presents an early opportunity to earn volunteer hours, and welcome new students to the university family.
As another academic year approaches, at Ferris State University, registered student organizations, or RSOs, are reminded that “Bulldogs in Action” presents an early opportunity to earn volunteer hours, and welcome new students to the university family.
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Graduates of Mecosta County and southern Osceola County high schools have been awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships to help fund their tuition, or other related expenses to attend Ferris State University.
Graduates of Mecosta County and southern Osceola County high schools have been awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships to help fund their tuition, or other related expenses to attend Ferris State University.
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Ferris State University College of Business Professor Patrick Bishop shares this story from his experience leading a Study Abroad group of students in Italy. This is the first installment from what is expected to be a series.
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Board Approves Three New Academic Programs, Including a Nursing Practice Doctorate: http://bit.ly/1YduQ4H
Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved three new academic programs at its regular meeting on Friday, May 6 in Big Rapids.
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Ferris State University has more than 14,000 students enrolled in classes on its main campus in Big Rapids, 19 off-campus sites throughout Michigan and at Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. By offering people what they want, when and where they need it, Ferris is Michigan's "statewide university," with a transfer rate higher than any other university in Michigan, facilitated by the ease of “laddering” from a two-year to a four-year degree.

» Mission, Core Values & Vision

Ferris is distinguished by its strong heritage of opportunity and career-oriented approach to education where theory meets practice, along with unique degrees that are not available at other universities in the state, region or nation. More than 180 programs, ranging from associate to doctoral degrees, are offered through eight degree-granting colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy.

The majority of Ferris' offerings are tailored with a specific occupation in mind and align directly with many occupations that are expected to experience growth across the country through 2016. The University has at least 140 degrees that align directly with in-demand occupations in the categories of business, finance and management; administrative and clerical; computer science and engineering; social service; education and training; health care practitioners; health care technology and support; protective service; and construction, production and repair.

Ferris has the fewest number of large classes among Michigan’s 15 public universities, with only 1 percent of classes having more than 50 students. This allows for more direct contact with faculty, more hands-on learning and experimentation and greater student engagement. More than 50 percent of Ferris classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 16-to-1. Full-time tenure-track faculty with experience in their respective fields teach the majority of classes, providing real-world relevancy to the learning environment. Advisory boards also contribute to ensuring current and relevant curriculum is taught which produces graduates with hands-on skills that allow them to be productive employees from the first day of employment.

More than any institution in the state, Ferris State has reached out to Michigan community colleges creating partnerships on 19 campuses and expanding online offerings. Ferris enrolls the largest number of off-campus students at the Applied Technology Center through its partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

The completion of a new facility to house Ferris’ Michigan College of Optometry, new student housing, classroom renovations and improvements to Ferris’ largest dining facility add to the vibrancy of the University’s 880-acre campus, which already boasts FLITE, a state-of-the-art library; the Granger Center, a building with visible mechanical systems, such as geothermal heating and cooling, for HVACR students; and the National Elastomer Center, a specialized center for studying plastics and rubber technology.

Ferris is the only university in Michigan named after its founders, Woodbridge Nathan Ferris (two-term Michigan governor and U.S. senator) and Helen Gillespie Ferris. It was founded in 1884 as the privately-owned Big Rapids Industrial School and provided opportunity for people who might otherwise have become lumberjacks, farm laborers and food processing workers, instead offering paths to lives of greater possibility. Ferris did not become a state institution until 1950, undergoing several name changes until becoming Ferris State University in 1987. The Ferris philosophy of a practical, hands-on approach to education that enables students to learn practical skills for new jobs in a changing world still resonates today.
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