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A chance to observe the considerable efforts being made to support children and families in the impoverished and earthquake-stricken land of Haiti will be available to Ferris State University students, following the Spring 2017 semester.
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The Big Rapids community is invited to join with Ferris State University students, faculty and staff Monday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 18, as the 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration takes place, with a total of five events scheduled.
The Big Rapids community is invited to join with Ferris State University students, faculty and staff Monday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 18, as the 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration takes place, with a total of five events scheduled.
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Ferris State University’s Doctorate in Community College Leadership program, Thursday, Dec. 8, launched its Legendary Leadership video series. Legendary Leadership is a series of intimate conversations with eminent community college presidents, who share the knowledge and wisdom that they have gained during a lifetime confronting the enormous challenges leading higher education’s rapidly-evolving and vitally-important segment.
Ferris State University’s Doctorate in Community College Leadership program, today (Dec. 8), launched its Legendary Leadership video series. Legendary Leadership is a series of intimate conversations with eminent community college presidents.
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The first actions are being taken in the vicinity of the Swan Technical Arts Building Annex, as the state of Michigan has given Ferris State University approval to begin construction work, as part of a $30 million renovation and expansion of the facility.
The first actions are being taken in the vicinity of the Swan Technical Arts Building Annex, as the state of Michigan has given Ferris State University approval to begin construction work, as part of a $30 million renovation and expansion of the facility.
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Ferris State University has released deans' and graduate lists for the Fall 2016 semester.
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Come out and support the @FerrisFootball team in the @NCAAII playoffs: http://bit.ly/2gHSo6c. We'd love to see you. #FERR1S #D2FB
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An opportunity to learn about the impact of legislative activities saw 150 Ferris State University Social Work students, and 10 members of the department’s faculty, attend a National Association of Social Workers-Michigan event in Lansing, Mich., in October.
An opportunity to learn about the impact of legislative activities saw 150 Ferris State University Social Work students, and 10 members of the department’s faculty, attend a National Association of Social Workers-Michigan event in Lansing, Mich. in October.
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A political contributor to the CNN and MSNBC networks will speak at Ferris State University on Wednesday, Jan. 18, as attorney Bakari Sellers’ visit caps the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on the Big Rapids campus.
A political contributor to the CNN and MSNBC networks will speak at Ferris State University on Wednesday, Jan. 18, as attorney Bakari Sellers’ visit caps the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on the Big Rapids campus.
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NOTE: Below is a story produced by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital on the twin daughters of Ferris State University football defensive line coach Tesfa Smith.

The complete story and video can also be found at the link at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Celebrating the New Year and what the future holds has taken on new meaning for Tesfa and Brooke Smith.

The Smiths are treasuring family time with their twin daughters, Amarie and Adalie, since returning to their Big Rapids home Dec. 22, just in time to spend the holidays and welcome 2017.
Celebrating the New Year and what the future holds has taken on new meaning for Tesfa and Brooke Smith. The Smiths are treasuring family time with their twin daughters, Amarie and Adalie, since returning to their Big Rapids home Dec. 22, just in time to spend the holidays and welcome 2017. "This year will be extra special in just thanking God that Amarie has been progressing so well and really taking time to just be together as a family," Brook...
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Amna Seibold, of East Grand Rapids; LaShanda R. Thomas, of Grosse Pointe; and Robert J. Hegbloom, of Clarkston, have been appointed to Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees. The appointments were announced by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Amna Seibold, of East Grand Rapids; LaShanda R. Thomas, of Grosse Pointe; and Robert J. Hegbloom, of Clarkston, have been appointed to Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees. The appointments were announced by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
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Ferris welcomes three new board of trustees members, as appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd): http://bit.ly/2hO4KdL #FERR1S
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We caught up with some of our newest @FerrisHousing residents on #FerrisMoveIn Day: http://bit.ly/2bVcKoa #FERR1S
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Introduction
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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