Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Ferris State University (FSU) is a public university in Big Rapids, Michigan. The university was founded in 1884 as the Big Rapids Industrial School. It is now the ninth-largest university in the state of Michigan. It served 14,560 students during the Fall 2017 semester. FSU includes on-campus and online courses covering over 170 educational programs. The university is comprised of 8 colleges. These colleges include the College of Health Professions, which houses the School of Nursing. The main campus is on the outskirts of Big Rapids and about four blocks away from the central business district. 

FSU offers five ACEN-accredited nursing programs, including three paths to earning a BSN. The undergraduate-level programs include a traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN program. For those interested in the BSN program, clinical experience is gained by working at nearby hospitals and healthcare facilities. The graduate-level programs include MSN and RN to MSN programs. The MSN program is offered entirely online, giving students that have already earned their BSN a convenient way to earn their master’s degree in nursing. The MSN program includes three concentrations, including Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, and Nursing Education. The DNP program is designed to be completed in two years. 


Campus LocaleTown: Distant
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate75%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 268
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Nursing Education Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Nursing Administration Master's degree 27
Nursing Administration Master's degree 0

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University
53.84 miles away
Davenport University - Midland Campus
65.12 miles away
Northwestern Michigan College
74.74 miles away
Saginaw Valley State University
76.5 miles away
Latoya's Health Education
77.77 miles away
Michigan State University
83.19 miles away
Western Michigan University
97.23 miles away
University of Michigan-Flint
101.24 miles away
Jackson College
118.45 miles away
Lake Michigan College
119.05 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1959 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
02/01/2008 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
10/01/1989 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading440 to 590
SAT: Math470 to 590
SAT: Writing410 to 500
ACT Composite19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$8,652
30k to 48k$11,040
48k to 75k$14,738
75k to 110k$17,178
Over 110k$18,664
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $398.00 $597.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $542.00 $813.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Michigan League for Nursing Scholarship

In order to be considered for an award, a candidate must be currently enrolled in a Licensed Practical Nurse, Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree Nursing education program and must have [...]

Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship

Michigan Nurses Foundation advance nursing and nursing education by awarding scholarships and research grants and by providing financial aid for the treatment of recovering [...]

FSU Scholarship

Applicant must be starting their first full year at Ferris State University. Minimum 2.0 GPA is required.

Michigan Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident who is a Michigan resident for one year prior to the beginning of their nursing program enrollment. Applicant must be enrolled at [...]

Lynda Andrus Memorial Scholarship Fund

Applicant must be enrolled at Eastern Michigan University, actively pursuing a degree in nursing (undergraduate or R.N. to B.S.N.). Applicant must be a non-smoker. Financial need is required.

More scholarships

Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Michigan state board of nursing
Ferris State University
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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