Ferris State University Reviews
The places they offer for internships are a joke. There's nothing in Grand Rapids. The more prestigious GVSU gets GR. All Ferris offers is far off placements and you're on your own to scramble for some sort of temporary housing. It's ridiculous. There's only 3 instructors for the whole program and they're aloof and full of themselves.
The Social Work faculty and staff at Ferris State University always ensure a personable, compassionate, and challenging curriculum. They truly believe in the power of their students. Come to Ferris if you desire a personable experience and staff who care.
The professors I interacted with on a daily basis were extremely personable and well educated in their fields. The core classes were taught by professors with doctorates in philosophy (PhD) and not by teacher aids or non-tenured professors. I still keep in touch with the majority of professors that taught core classes, and use many of them as references. Even after 5 yeas passed graduation they are willing to write letters of recommendation and provide insightful career advise. The bureaucratic structure of the university was frustrating to me as a student. There is a large amount of financial waste within the offices of those who "make the big decisions". Programs and schools are forced to curry political favor for funding and scholarships. Many times, scholarships and funding were pulled out from under me and paid research positions were few and far between.
Ferris is an awesome value! Lots of financial aid available to help out anyone looking to apply. There are also many majors to choose from, anything from plastics to rubbers to pharmacy and optometry. You can even take classes in fermentation science and professional tennis management! If you are not 100% sure what you want to go into, but want a university feel without throwing your money away at a D1 school, Ferris will be a good fit for you!
Ferris State has a great, mid size college atmosphere. They have a lot of fun recreational activities and I greatly enjoyed my time there. However, I was not to pleased with the quality level of the professors I encountered while in the science program. There were of course fantastic professors that enhanced my knowledge and passion for my career, but they were few and far between. When asked about my alma mater, I always recommend that if you are pursuing a science degree to perhaps look in to other schools first.
FSU was the perfect fit for me! The department I was part of was amazing -- the students were supportive and kind. The professors went above and beyond their duties to ensure I succeeded and performed to my highest potential. I felt more than just a number or dollar sign to the university and even chatted casually with the president and he remembered my name! I loved the campus, being centralized to the town. There was that small town feel while still having things to do and being an hour away from Grand Rapids. I miss it a great deal and only wish I could move back to the area. The events and hockey program was a lot of fun, too!
I attended FSU and graduated with a B.S. in Visual Design over a decade ago. I luckily got into the workforce a couple years before the recession nose dived in '07-'09 and was able to get enough of a foothold to make okay wages for a few years. I had to move to different states for work in my field and, despite me getting a job offer in my field via a required portfolio review before I even graduated (which is the one thing I could attribute to them...but the offer was a mere $28k so I had to pass), I feel like my degree at FSU was a gigantic waste. The field radically changed during the time I was there from '00-'04 and the teachers at most outright lied about career potential, and at the very least strongly misled students. Heck, I should point out only like 1 or 2 program teachers from that time were even employed by FSU 3-4 years after I left. It was all a horrible joke. Over the years I've kept an eye on the school via ferris.edu and fsutorch.com....and also in particular students from the design program.....and it's just a slow-motion trainwreck. Only students who have big bucks and/or wealthy parents who foot the bill for them to relocate to California/NYC/etc. do well....but let's face it, those kids would do well regardless thanks to Mom & Dad. I also just saw tuition and room+board rates for the 2016-2017 year....when I was in college in 2004 I think my single-room on campus w/ best meal plan and 15 creds/sem. was like $13,500 annually. Now, Ferris State wants to charge students for the same thing $23,000 annually. In fact, you can't even attend FSU any more for less than $20k annually with the cheapest tuition and meal plan and housing options. FSU is not worth $20k+ annually. If you're going to pay that much go an hour south and attend Grand Valley, where they are bigger, offer more programs and allow more flexibility if a year or two in you decide to change majors. Or go to Michigan State...or University of Michigan. There is just absolutely no reason to attend FSU at this point in time. When I went you could get a 4 yr. degree for less than $60k. Now they want to charge students $80-90k. YIKES!!! Oh, and off-campus housing and employment is abysmal in Big Rapids. Just. Awful. Go to GVSU and live in Grand Rapids. That's also Michigan's best city job-wise, so GVSU is just the safest bet overall, IMO. I ended up having to go back to college half a decade later to switch fields. I ended up attending a community college and then an online college for the final couple years - all of which I had to pay out of pocket since FSU's time ate up all my undergrad student loans (which I'm still paying on). Luckily I've been able to find work since the recession after switching fields, but FSU is probably the biggest bait 'n switch I've ever seen as an adult. And the fact that each year they keep raising costs when, from what I see, it's the same ol' school with a couple fancy new buildings.....that's just embarrassing. AVOID FERRIS PEOPLE....JUST....AVOID IT. NOT. WORTH. THE. MONEY.
I had a great time while attending Ferris. The ability to get involved on campus and with organizations is incredible. Doing so allowed me to grow professionally and personally and helped prepare me for my future while having a great time.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ferris and all that went on there. I got to know some amazing people and received a very beneficial degree for a successful future.
Ferris is really great because you know you are getting a good education. The upper-level classes are related to you major and applying is easy. the financial aid dept. is really helpful and knows the answer to your question. The advisers want to help you with a problem. AND the advisers email you about current job oppertunities. I got a fair amount of financial aid to cover the cost and I know Ferris cares about it's students.