College Freshman 2013-12-04T16:43:02Z
Ferris uses mostly p.c.'s in there main labs, but offer Mac labs in the graphic design unit. Having Mac's for your personal use isn't an issue, they are compatible with the network. Printing on campus is available but can get costly, especially if you are in graphic design. The network is decent, but often runs slow, and is often being repaired during hours that most students study during. The speed of wireless access can be slow, but direct connection is available in most dorms. There is plenty of wireless access, which can be slow if a lot of people are using it in the dorms, but is usually at a good speed. Having your own computer is extremely convenient, however you can get by without one, unless you are in graphic design, or a few other programs, in which certain computers are mandatory.
College Freshman 2013-12-04T16:36:34Z
There are a few sororities and fraternities. They mostly reside off campus in houses, and aren't super crazy. They don't treat non-greeks differently, and aren't treated differently by non-greeks.
College Freshman 2013-12-04T16:35:04Z
Ferris has a few options. There is a bus that travels between a few cities daily, so you can live in those cities and commute to campus everyday. The cost is pretty low. There are shuttles that transport from one side of campus to the other every seven minutes which is convenient, and free. Having a car on campus is convenient and nice, but not necessary. It's nice to go to the store on your own time and to not have to rely on others to drive you around, but you can get by easily without a car if you live on campus. There are not very many taxi's.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T18:12:46Z
My experience thus far has been really good. Ferris is helpful. The students I have become acquainted with are really wonderful. I have found things to do other than party, and people to do those things with. Ferris offers many unique majors, one of which I am getting a degree in (Dietary Food Service Management) and has many leading programs in the nation. I would choose ferris again because it offers many options in programs, encourages learning and experiencing new cultures, and really works hard to help students find carriers after graduation, by encouraging internships, etc.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T18:10:03Z
There are not a ton of clubs, but there are some bars. Most parties are off campus. There is plenty to do when underage, its all about who you choose to spend time with. There are some shuttles, not many taxi's. Most people car pool
College Freshman 2013-12-03T18:04:01Z
There is great diversity on campus. There are many multicultural students, as well as students from many different backgrounds such as different religions, race, culture, orientation, beliefs, etc. Most students are tolerant and accepting. There are many different campus organizations which encourage diversity and celebrate the many cultures present. Students are encouraged to meet new people, and learn about different cultures.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T18:01:40Z
Big Rapids has a cool historic downtown, which as many shops, and banks, some restaurants, etc. There are some really cool trails to hike, and there are some restaurants, and bars off campus. There are festivals nearby, and there are your basic stores such as Meijer, Walmart, etc. There are many sports complexes, and activities to participate in. It is a safe town, which embraces college students.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T17:57:14Z
Ferris is not horribly strict. They have enough rules to keep people safe, but not restricted. Laws are enforced, so underage or over drinking laws are enforced, as well as drug polices, etc. You can have alcohol in dorms if you and your room mates are 21 or older, but not if one or more is younger. Drugs laws are enforced.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T17:55:20Z
The Greek students at my school are all known for the parties that they throw in their houses.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T17:53:27Z
Ferris does not use a third party to run its cafeterias. There are only two cafeterias, which can be inconvenient at times, but is not usually a problem. The food is good. There are many options. The price is high, though, which is a con. The menu cycle is short, so sometimes the meals get boring, but you can always pick something you wouldn't normally get to change it up a little. The flex dollars a great! It's nice to have money set aside for things like snacks, or Starbucks, which accepts flex.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T17:44:52Z
My overall experience has probably been like most freshmen entering college for the first time--I am still adjusting to it. If I could do it all over again, I would still attend the school I am going to now. I would just make different decisions, study harder, and not be so concerned about balancing a social life with the crazy work load that I get.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T17:40:49Z
My architecture program at Ferris State University was what I expected it to be, for the most part. We receive lots of projects, and hands on activities. However, I expected to like it more than I currently do. The work load can be a tad bit overbearing, as well as the required credit hours. Having 3 hour studio classes twice a week can be very draining. I do enjoy the size of my classrooms, small and somewhat intimate with the professors. It allows for the students to become closer with one another, and build a relationship with the professors. We have gone on field trips, and worked late on groups projects. The material can be so difficult at times that I find myself cramming for a simple pop quiz. However, the professors at my university are extremely supportive. They have been guiding us students in the right direction, ensuring that what we are taught in class will help us to become successful, and well professional architects.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T17:40:49Z
I am a first year architecture major student. I do not plan on accepting any internships for another couple years, when I become more experienced in the field through my education.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T16:46:44Z
If you like Michigan, you won't have any issues. Just remember an umbrella, some rain boots, snow boots, and a warm jacket, hat, mittens, and also warm weather clothes. It's in Michigan, so the weather is always crazy and a little unpredictable, so you have to be prepared.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T16:45:24Z
The dorms are o.k. Cramer is nice if you want to live in a bigger dorm, as there is much more space than the other dorms, but you are stuck with more people unless you pay for a private room. Cramer has many more people, so there are issues that arise with that, such as plumbing issues, which were extremely prevalent in my experience, however I do prefer Cramer to the other dorms, other than honors. The regular dorms are nice, but very small. If you don't loft your bed, you won't fit. The honors dorms are great. One person to a room, two to a suite. They are nice and quiet. They Townhouses are great, especially because you don't need a meal plan, but hard to get into, as they're usually full. The East Campus Suites are really great. They're cool little apartments that are furnished. You have a small room, but much nicer living spaces, and a kitchen. Those cost less due to not needing a meal plan. If you live on campus, you have full use of the rec center and cafeterias which is great. The downside is that there are only two cafeterias, which can be annoying in the winter. The people are friendly, and helpful, and are generally considerate. The ease of the housing process when you're incoming is fine, but when you're a returning student it can be difficult, as fees increase and whatnot, especially since they're changing many of the options and prices.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T16:38:06Z
Health & Safety:
The safety on campus is great! As there are programs for students going into those types of careers, there is a large population of campus security. They do enforce parking, which is a little overbearing at times, but if you drive well, it's not an issue. We had a power outage on campus, and they increased the amount of patrolling officers to keep students safe, which was extremely nice. Campus crime isn't horrible, but theft and some violence does occur, usually alcohol fueled. I feel pretty safe walking across campus alone at night.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T16:34:44Z
There are a few good chain restaurants near campus including Ruby Tuesday's, Applebee's, a few Chinese restaurants, Biggby, Mcdonalds, Wendies, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, and most of your typical fast food places. There are also some nice restaurants in downtown Big Rapids. The cost of most of these restaurants is suitable for college students, as Big Rapids is mostly a college town. There are some cool coffee shops downtown.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:17:08Z
Lots of student organizations and intramural sports to get involved in. We have a great hockey team. Class sizes are small and there are no student teachers or teachers aids, so it makes learning a little easier. There is also free tutoring. Living on campus sucks, but there are a lot of student apartments and other housing options off campus.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:17:08Z
Lots of events and activities and sporting events. The rec center is nice. Dining is pretty nice but too crowded. Library has like 4 floors. Most people on campus are generally nice and helpful.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:13:15Z
Some Greek houses are nice, others could use a lot of TLC. Greeks are generally nice and welcoming.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:11:45Z
We always go to the same few restaurants, but they have good deals and a lot of student discounts.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:10:06Z
You can get away with quite a bit. Most professors don't care about attendance. No one cares if you have visitors as long as you don't cause trouble. Drugs/alcohol - just don't do something stupid or get caught and you'll be fine. As for parking, don't even think about it. They are ridiculous about parking patrol around here. Its like they have absolutely nothing better to do.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:06:59Z
Not much too do off campus. We don't even have a mall, and the movie theater is way too expensive for what its worth. People just throw parties every weekend because its so boring here.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:04:58Z
Lots of computers in the library, but they fill up fast. There are computer labs but you can only use them during a class if the professor reserves the room. There is wireless in all of the dorms, but it is really slow. Definitely recommend getting your own computer.
College Junior 2013-11-27T01:02:36Z
Easy - just fill FAFSA. There are also a lot of scholarships you can apply for, but they're not so easy to get. Ferris also gives out scholarships and grants just based on grades and income.
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