For students who want a great chance at getting a job after college, Ferris State University has an impressive track record of generating graduates who quickly find work after graduation.
Career and work force development have been a key component of the university’s mission since its founding in 1884, and these core values have held true to today. In 2009, the employment rate for Ferris grads was at 93 percent. About 89 percent of Ferris State University programs are aligned with in-demand career fields.
The university has a main campus in Big Rapids, Michigan and also maintains 15 off-campus facilities and an online program.
Degrees and Programs
The university has more than 190 undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of fields of study, and offers a number of degrees that no other institution in Michigan offers in the fields of health sciences, business and technology. For example, the university’s welding engineering technology program is one of only four such programs in the United States. Seven Ferris State University degrees can be earned online, including a master’s degree in nuring.
The university also offers doctoral degrees in optometry and pharmacy colleges. In fact, the majority of Michigan’s pharmacists and optometrists are graduates of Ferris State. The university’s pharmacy school is well-regarded and is perhaps one of the better-known programs on the campus. Also highly regarded are the university’s teacher education program, which is ranked best in the state of Michigan, and its engineering school.
The most popular degree programs at the university are business administration, construction management, criminal justice, nursing science and pharmacy.
Ferris State has a faculty-student ration of 1:15, and 62 percent of classes have 20-49 students, while about 33 percent have 20 or fewer students. The university has a freshmen retention rate of over 70 percent, which typically indicates a high level of satisfaction among students, and sufficient support for students within the university to help them stay in school and on track to graduate. Credit for this high rate is given to a peer mentoring program that matches freshmen up with upperclassmen.
Accreditation and Rankings
Ferris State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools, colleges and universities in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation. The NCA accredits about 10,000 educational institutions.
Ferris State University is ranked the No. 98 regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. The publication gives Ferris State the No. 36 ranking among public institutions in the region. U.S. News and World Report also give the university’s pharmacy program good reviews.
Ferris State University opened the Michigan College of Optometry in January 2011. This $22 million facility houses the university’s optometry program, providing state-of-the art laboratories, classrooms and other facilities.