Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

International Student Orientation
Summer 2014

Schedule as of March 31, 2014
Location: Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC 134)
(Schedule is subject to change)

Orientation is considered mandatory unless it is marked as "optional." All absences must be approved prior to event. If you miss orientation, you will be charged an additional $85 USD orientation fee to cover costs of providing a make-up orientation session for you.

For any questions or concerns contact:
• Toni Dye, International Student Advisor, dyet4@ferris.edu

Travel Arrangement Notification:
Please complete the travel form to notify us of your arrival plans.

Arrival Dates: Monday, May 12 - Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Monday, May 12
10:00 am and 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 13
10:00 am, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm

Wednesday, May 14
10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 11pm

Please visit our orientation page to submit your Travel Arrangement Notification form.

Student Shuttle Services

Students will be picked up by Office of International Education Student Assistants at the Information Desk at the Grand Rapids Airport, bus station or train station and be taken to a hotel in Big Rapids.

  • Please remember that you must let our office know your arrival information as soon as possible.
  • Shuttles will only be offered during these designated times. Please wait until the next shuttle arrives if possible.
  • If your flight comes in on a day other than listed above, contact Jo Yang (yangs6 @ferris.edu) to see if we can arrange a shuttle for you. If a shuttle is not available, or you choose alternate transportation, you are responsible for your own transportation to Big Rapids, as well as any cost (approximately $150 for taxi).
  • A block of rooms have been reserved at Quality Inn & Suites, just a few minutes walking distance from campus. Call 231.592.5150 to reserve a room. Rate is $59 + tax per night. If you share a room, the price will be $29.50/night per person. Includes breakfast. If you want a roommate, Quality Inn can assign you a roommate, if one is available, when you check-in. 

Departure Location:
Information Desk, Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Thursday, May 15

10:00 am

Student Check-In (mandatory)
Please arrive on time with all of your immigration documents.  The following items will be addressed throughout the day:

  • Submission of immigration documents
  • Computer sign-in information
  • Ferris ID
  • Housing on campus - a $200 deposit must be made and a contract signed.
  • Tuition deposit of at least $6000 - Ferris accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express (transaction subject to 2.75% convenience fee) in addition to cash, money orders, cashier's checks, and traveler's checks, which have no fees.
  • Wire transfers are also available through PeerTransfer. Log-into MyFSU to pay your bill through PeerTransfer. www.peertransfer.com

Interdisciplinary Resource Center

(IRC 134)

10:45 am

Welcome to Ferris State University Presentation (mandatory)

  • Introduction to Office of International Education staff and faculty
  • Overview of orientation schedule
  • Breakout into groups with student leaders

IRC 121

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Housing, Dining and Tuition Overview (mandatory)

Introduction to housing, dining, and tuition costs and options. 

IRC 121

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Provided (mandatory)

Stay with your group and student leaders

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Group Break-Out Sessions (mandatory)

  • Housing and MyFSU login
  • Ferris ID, tuition and housing deposits (TIMME)
  • Immigration documents submission
  • Admissions
  • Huntington Bank - optional. Submit an application to open an account and sign up for an appointment with at the bank. Appointments will be assigned for Thursday, January 9 between 11 am - 4 pm.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

Times and locations will be assigned at check-in

Friday, May 16

8:30 am

Math/English Placement Testing for regularly admitted students (not for IEP students)
This testing is for students with no SAT scores and those who intend to enter their majors immediately.  If you are not sure if you need to take the test, check with tOffice of International Education staff.  IEP student may choose to take this test if they feel that they will pass the Intensive English Language test on Thursday (test out of the IEP program). Please report early to this test as no
make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (mandatory)

This session is very important.  We will teach you about U.S. immigration laws, driving laws, and employment options.  We will also teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country.

IRC 120

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Provided

To Be Determined

2:00 to 5:00 pm

English Placement Testing (IEP Program)

Testing for student with no real proof of proficiency in English.

IRC 120

2:00 to 7:00 pm

Banking and Shopping Shuttles in Big Rapids area

Pickup at IRC 134.  Drop off at Quality Inn.

Saturday, May 17

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Trip to Silver Lake in Mears, Michigan and Macwoods Dune Rides

Enjoy Lake Michigan and the dunes!

Bus leaves from Quality Inn 

Sunday, May 18
All Day

Residence Halls are open at 8 am and you may start moving in once you receive your room assignment and pay $200.00 deposit.  Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

Shuttles pick up at Quality Inn starting at 8 am and run all day.

Monday, May 19
10:00 am 

Meet with individual College Academic Advisors

Location - To Be Determined

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Intensive English Program Orientation

New Students who are enrolling in the Intensive English Program must attend this orientation.

IRC 104

2:30 pm

Academic Success at Ferris! (Mandatory)

Groups will find and learn about important offices and resources on campus to help them succeed.  This is a "scavenger hunt' where groups will walk around campus finding offices and campus icons.  Individuals who complete the hunt will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and other prizes!

Meet at IRC 122

Tuesday, May 20

Classes Start!

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