Ferris State University
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 LocaleDistant Town|
|Number of Students13,798|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||940 to 1170|
|ACT||19 to 25|
|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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$413/credit|
|In State Students||$413/credit|
|Out of State Students||$619/credit|
|In District Students||$564/credit|
|In State Students||$564/credit|
|Out of State Students||$846/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of Ferris State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||23%||$723|
|State Grant & Scholarships||37%||$6,815|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||74%||$4,822|
|Federal Student Loans||70%||$5,767|
$12,973Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$8,173|
|$30,001 to $48,000$10,796|
|$48,001 to $75,000$13,593|
|$75,001 to $110,000$16,704|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Michigan state board of nursing.