Ferris State University

Ferris State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Ferris State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Ferris State University was awarded 1,026 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is surveying engineering.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Ferris as #762 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Ferris also holds the #15 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

See all of the rankings for Ferris State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Ferris?

Acceptance Rate

Ferris State University has an acceptance rate of 82%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 93% 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 470 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ferris State University  ( 470 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Ferris State University  ( 470 to 580 )
Ferris received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Ferris State University  ( 18 to 26 )

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Ferris State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Ferris State University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Ferris State University is 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ferris State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Ferris State University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Ferris this rate is 30%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Ferris State University.

Ferris State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,929 undergraduates at Ferris with 7,127 being full-time and 2,802 being part-time.

How Much Does Ferris State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Ferris is $12,889. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Ferris

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,207 $10,521 $14,101 $17,132 $19,266

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Ferris, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Ferris, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,608 a year. That adds up to $30,432 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ferris is 7.2%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Ferris Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Ferris make around $44,500 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Ferris students since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Ferris State University make the most money.

Location of Ferris State University

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

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Contact details for Ferris are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1201 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251
Phone: 231-591-2000
Website: www.ferris.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FerrisState
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FerrisState

Ferris State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 75 majors graduated from Ferris State University. Of these students, 2,852 received undergraduate degrees and 349 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 288 $39,669
Business Administration & Management 257 $46,217
Nursing 160 $61,263
Industrial Production Technology 128 $74,173
Mechanical Engineering Technology 93 $68,033
General Biology 79 $24,863
Design & Applied Arts 73 $38,018
Social Work 67 $31,795
Graphic Communications 61 $40,647
Construction Management 60 $62,192

Learn more about the majors offered at Ferris State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Ferris

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 9,093 students took at least one online class at Ferris State University. This is an increase from the 3,610 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 9,093 2,908
2018-2019 3,610 1,205
2017-2018 3,706 1,276
2016-2017 3,455 1,305
2015-2016 3,558 1,366

Learn more about online learning at Ferris State University.

Notes and References


*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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