Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI 49307
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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. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students13,798
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate79%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 27 183
Master's degree 5 20
Postbaccalaureate certificate 1 2
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT940 to 1170
ACT19 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

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.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$413/credit
In State Students$413/credit
Out of State Students$619/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$564/credit
In State Students$564/credit
Out of State Students$846/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $18,585 $18,585 $27,855
ADN 70 $28,910 $28,910 $43,330
BSN 125 $51,625 $51,625 $77,375
FNP 50 $28,200 $28,200 $42,300
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 44% $4,663
Other Federal Grant 23% $723
State Grant & Scholarships 37% $6,815
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 74% $4,822
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,767
Private Loans 12% $10,054


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$18,023

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

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Ferris State University
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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