Ferris State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$11,564

3.77% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$12,973

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

7.01%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

74.2%

9,926 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

13,798

67.4% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

44.4%

319 Graduates

About

Ferris State University is a higher education institution located in Mecosta County, MI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Ferris State University were Criminal Justice - Police Science (303 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (218 degrees), and Registered Nursing (210 degrees).

In 2017, 4,357 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Ferris State University. 48.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,449 degrees), 15.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (222 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Ferris State University is $11,564, which is $-9,169 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Ferris State University is $11,564, which is $-9,169 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,973.

In 2017, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 58% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,564

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Ferris State University was $11,564. The cost of tuition at Ferris State University is $-9,169 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$12,973

2017 Value

1.75%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Ferris State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,973. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Ferris State University grew by 1.75%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,890

Room and Board

$914

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ferris State University was of $8,890 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $914. The cost of room and board increased by 1.24% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

58%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Ferris State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 4.29% with respect to 2016, when 70% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

7.01%

2016 Default Rate

289

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Ferris State University was 7.01%, which represents 289 out of the 4122 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Ferris State University received 9,926 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 8.79% annual decline. Out of those 9,926 applicants, 7,361 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 74.2% acceptance rate.

There were 13,798 students enrolled at Ferris State University in 2017, and 85% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Ferris State University has an overall enrollment yield of 24.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

74.2%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

7,361

Accepted Out of 9,926

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Ferris State University was 74.2% (7,361 admissions from 9,926 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 77.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -8.79%, while admissions declined by -12.9%.

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SAT Scores

85%

Submission Percentage

1,538

Scores Submitted

85% of enrolled first-time students at Ferris State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Ferris State University has a total enrollment of 13,798 students. The full-time enrollment at Ferris State University is 9,301 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,497. This means that 67.4% of students enrolled at Ferris State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Ferris State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.9% White, 7.09% Black or African American, 5.18% Hispanic or Latino, 3.58% Two or More Races, 1.65% Asian, 0.536% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.058% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Ferris State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (39.9%), followed by White Female (38.3%) and Black or African American Female (3.88%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (34.1%), followed by White Male (21.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (1.68%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Ferris State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,798 students. The full-time enrollment at Ferris State University is 9,301 and the part-time enrollment is 4,497. This means that 67.4% of students enrolled at Ferris State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Ferris State University was 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Ferris State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,611

  2. Black or African American

    978

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    715

The enrolled student population at Ferris State University is 76.9% White, 7.09% Black or African American, 5.18% Hispanic or Latino, 3.58% Two or More Races, 1.65% Asian, 0.536% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.058% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 392 students (2.84%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 115 fewer women than men received degrees from Ferris State University. The majority of degree recipients at Ferris State University are white (3,449 degrees awarded). There were 15.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (222 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Ferris State University is Criminal Justice - Police Science (303 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (218 degrees) and Registered Nursing (210 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Ferris State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (629 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (76 degrees), and Protective Services (507 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Ferris State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (174,210 people), Other managers (146,177 people), Police officers (118,971 people), Graphic designers (96,612 people), and Postsecondary teachers (70,954 people).

The most specialized majors at Ferris State University are Engineering Technologies (629 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (76 degrees), Protective Services (507 degrees), Precision Production (118 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (296 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Ferris State University are Physicians, Marketing managers, Nurse anesthetists, Information security analysts, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Ferris State University are Engineering Technologies (629 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (76 degrees), Protective Services (507 degrees), Precision Production (118 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (296 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Ferris State University are Elementary & secondary schools (312,353 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (301,974 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (159,903 people), Computer Systems Design (124,418 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (101,320 people).

The most specialized majors at Ferris State University are Engineering Technologies (629 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (76 degrees), Protective Services (507 degrees), Precision Production (118 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (296 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Ferris State University.

Most Common

  1. 303 degrees awarded

  2. 218 degrees awarded

  3. 210 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Ferris State University was Criminal Justice - Police Science with 303 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,236

  2. 2,121

In 2017, 2,236 degrees were awarded to men at Ferris State University, which is 1.05 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,121).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 192 degrees were awarded to men at Ferris State University in Criminal Justice - Police Science, which is 0.877 times less than the 219 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 219 degrees were awarded to women at Ferris State University in Criminal Justice - Police Science, which is 1.14 times more than the 192 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

21%

100% Completion Time

49%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 21% of students graduating from Ferris State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 49% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 51% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Black or African American Female

Highest Graduation Rate (58.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Ferris State University is Female and Black or African American (58.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 7.21% of graduates (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,449 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    222 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    147 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Ferris State University is white (3,449 degrees awarded). There were 15.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (222 degrees).

2.46% of degree recipients (107 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,753 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,696 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    145 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Ferris State University is white male (1,753 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,696 degrees).

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Operations

Ferris State University has an endowment valued at nearly $73.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $12.8M (17.3%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Ferris State University had a total expenditure of $248M. Of that $248M, they spent $130M on salaries and $248M on benefits.

Ferris State University employs 171 Professors, 157 Assistant professors, and 121 Associate professors. Most academics at Ferris State University are Male Professors (109), Male Assistant professors(84), and Female Assistant professors (73).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ferris State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 190 employees, Service, with 162 employees, and Management with 94 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$73.8M

2017 Endowment

113k%

growth from 2016

Ferris State University has an endowment valued at about $73.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Ferris State University grew 113k% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $40.7M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.84M - Federal

  2. $383k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Ferris State University received $2.84M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $383k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$130M

Salary Expenditure

$248M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Ferris State University had a total expenditure of $248M. Of that $248M, they spent $130M on salaries and $248M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Ferris State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$130M

2017 Salaries

4.88%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Ferris State University paid a median of $130M in salaries, which represents 52.5% of their overall expenditure ($248M) and a 4.88% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.76% growth from 2015 and a 5.36% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$46.2M

Instructional Salaries

539

Number of Employees

In 2017, Ferris State University paid a total of $46.2M to 539 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.02M (34.2%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

171 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

190 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Ferris State University were Professor with 171 employees; Assistant professor with 157 employees; and Assistant professor with 121 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ferris State University were Office and Administrative Support with 190 employees; Service with 162 employees; and Management with 94 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Ferris State University was Male Professor with 109 employees, Male Assistant professor with 84 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 73 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Ferris State University.

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