Setting: Large four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $10,220.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,440.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 2100 / 22 / 3.21
Male/Female Ratio: 47:53
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 78%
Ferris State University (FSU, Ferris) is an American public university with its main campus in Big Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1884 as the Big Rapids Industrial School by Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, an educator from Tioga County, New York, who later served as governor of the State of Michigan and finally in the US Senate where he remained until his death in 1928. The school was noteworthy at its time for accepting female students beginning with its first graduating class. It is also the only public university in Michigan to be founded by an individual.
Today Ferris is the ninth-largest university in the state with 14,560 students studying on its main campus, at one of the 19 off-campus locations across the state, or online. Two- and four-year degrees are offered through eight academic colleges and graduate degrees from six. Ferris grants professional doctorate degrees via its optometry and pharmacy colleges and a multidisciplinary doctorate of education in community college leadership through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Human Services. The school is known for its high rate of employment amongst graduates, its faculty-student ratio of 1:16, and that classes are taught by professional instructors, not graduate assistants.
The College of Pharmacy educates and supports professionals who positively influence and impact the health outcomes of the people they serve. We will accomplish this by: Providing the highest quality professional education to students and practitioners; Promoting and delivering patient-centered care by pharmacists that are committed to the safe and appropriate use of medications; Developing and maintaining professional relationships, collaborations and strategic alliances that advance the goals and objectives of the college and the profession.
Facilitating personal and professional development of individuals to meet the demands of a dynamic curriculum and profession; Creating a professional culture within the College community that embodies the principles of ethics, fairness, honesty, civility and respect for diverse ideas, beliefs and cultures; Promoting research which advances science, health care and pharmacy education; and Attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff.
Woodbridge Nathan Ferris was born January 6, 1853 in a log cabin near Spencer, Tioga County, New York, the son of John Ferris, Jr. and Stella Reed Ferris. As a child, Woodbridge attended a rural public school, which he claimed, was the horror of his life. He did learn to read fairly well there, however, and by the age of 10 was reading the Civil War news to his father.
His father was slightly deaf, and Ferris had to learn to speak clearly in order for his father to hear, because his father objected to the practice of merely reading loudly. The practice of clear enunciation, learned at an early age, was a great help to Ferris in his later life as a speechmaker.
When he was 14 years old, Ferris entered the academy at Spencer, NY, where he spent nine months. At the age of 16, Ferris attended his first teaching institute at Waverly, NY, and shortly afterwards began his first teaching job. Later, in early spring of 1871, Ferris entered the Oswego Normal and Training School at Oswego, NY. At Oswego (now the State University of New York at Oswego) Ferris came under the tutelage of Hermann Krusi, instructor of drawing and geometry. Krusi was the son of the chief assistant to Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi at Pestalozzi's school in Switzerland.
Oswego Normal during its formative years was pushing the Pestalozzian theory of learning by doing rather than through theory, and Ferris was considerably influenced by it. At Oswego, Ferris met Helen Gillespie, who later became his wife. In early 1874, Ferris became the principal of Spencer Free Academy.
Ferris State University joined the state’s Higher Education System in 1950. The campus was all but destroyed by fire the same year. The only building to survive was the Alumni Building, built in 1929, at the north edge of campus. Since the fire, more than 117 buildings have been built on the main campus.
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