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Ferris State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Ferris State University Ranked?

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2021 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 104 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is industrial production technology.

Overall Quality

Ferris is ranked #722 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Ferris is also ranked #23 out of 42 schools in Michigan.

See all of the rankings for Ferris State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Ferris?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Ferris State University is 74%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Ferris is a good fit for you.

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 Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Ferris State University  ( 19 to 25 )

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Ferris State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Ferris State University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 69%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  69 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

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Ferris is 21%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  21 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at Ferris

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,184 undergraduates at Ferris with 7,779 being full-time and 3,405 being part-time.

Ferris Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Ferris is 69.63 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  69.63 out of 100
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How Much Does Ferris State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Ferris is $13,008. 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 +
$9,013 $10,960 $13,967 $16,310 $18,710

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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.

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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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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

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, 3,299 received undergraduate degrees and 382 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 344 $35,700
Business Administration & Management 249 $44,200
Nursing 187 $59,700
Design & Applied Arts 143 $30,200
Industrial Production Technology 124 $72,300
Mechanical Engineering Technology 112 $67,200
General Biology 86 $20,400
Graphic Communications 75 $32,500
Social Work 74 $31,700
Liberal Arts General Studies 64 $28,000

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 3,706 students took at least one online class at Ferris State University. This is an increase from the 3,455 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,706 1,276
2016-2017 3,455 1,305
2015-2016 3,558 1,366
2014-2015 3,679 1,403
2013-2014 3,284 1,362

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.


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