Ferris State University
Ferris was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge and Helen Ferris as the privately-owned Big Rapids Industrial School. It became a state institution in 1950 and a state university in 1987. Since its beginning, Ferris has been dedicated to providing students of diverse backgrounds with educational opportunities for rewarding professional and civic lives. The University is a mid-sized four-year public university known for its quality of instruction and large selection of academic programs. It strives to align its practices and resources in support of its core values of collaboration, diversity, ethical community, excellence, learning and opportunity. Ferris' mission is to prepare students for successful careers, responsible citizenship and lifelong learning
The University provides courses ranging from associate to doctoral degrees, offered through eight degree-granting colleges, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy. Ferris equips students to contribute to a changing world by offering a challenging, adaptive curriculum that consists of a unique blend of technical and professional programs based in traditional academic areas and driven by industry demand.
The university's main campus is located in scenic Big Rapids, Michigan. Its many and varied program offerings include several degrees that are unique in Michigan or the United States.
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