Ferris State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan
Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

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Ferris State University Admissions Overview:

Since Ferris State University has an acceptance rate of 78%, the majority of applicants will be admitted each year. Still, students have a better chance with good grades and high test scores. In addition to sending in an application and scores from the SAT or ACT, students will need to send in a high school transcripts as well.

Ferris State University Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students entering Ferris State University in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 74%. Below are standardized test scores organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 480 590
Math 460 580
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

If you compare SAT scores for Michigan's top colleges and universities, you'll see that Ferris State University has a lower admissions bar. Nationally, an average score is a little over 500, so you can see that admitted students tend to score on both sides of average.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 25
Math 17 24
Composite 19 25

An average ACT composite score is 21, so you can see that more Ferris State students have above average scores than below average.

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Ferris State University Description

Founded in 1884, Ferris State University is one of Michigan's 15 public universities. It sits on an 880-acre campus in Big Rapids, a town in the west-central part of the state. Ferris State students can choose from 170 degree programs offered through the university's many colleges. The university has a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the curriculum emphasizes technical and professional skills that readily lead to employment. Ferris State students can choose from roughly 220 student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, academic clubs, honor societies, and recreational groups. On the athletic front, the Ferris State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ice hockey competes in the Division I Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 13,798 (12,512 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 68% Full-time

Costs (2018 - 19)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,788 
  • Books: $814 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,894
  • Other Expenses: $6720
  • Total Cost: $23,194 

Ferris State University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
  • Grants: 91%
  • Loans: 71%
  • Average Amount of Aid
  • Grants: $9,082
  • Loans: $7,462

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 22%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 50%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf, Ice Hockey, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country

Ferris State University Mission Statement

"Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society."

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics