Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

International Student Orientation: Fall 2015

Schedule as of May 22, 2015
Location: Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC 134)
(Schedule is subject to change)

All events are mandatory. All absences must be approved by Lisa vonReichbauer PRIOR to the event.

For any questions or concerns contact: Lisa vonReichbauer, Asst. Director, LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu | mobile: 231-287-7483

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

Saturday, August 22 -  Monday, August 24


Saturday, August 2210am, 7pm, and 11pm

Sunday, August 2310am, 7pm, and 11pm

Monday, August 2410am, 7pm, and 11pm

Please visit our orientation webpage to submit your travel arrangements and visa confirmation at http://ferris.edu/international/currentstudents/travelform.htm

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 Lisa vonReichbauer (LisavonReichbauer@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 a 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. The cost is $59 + tax per night. If you share a room, the cost will be $29.50/night per person. This cost includes breakfast in the morning. 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

Tuesday, August 25

7:30 – 8:15 am

Shuttle Pick Up from The Quality Inn & Suites

Meet in the lobby of the hotel

8 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 contract signed for residence halls and $400 deposit for any apartments or East Campus Suites.
  • Tuition deposit of at least $3500 (25%) - 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 in to MyFSU to pay your bill through PeerTransfer. www.peertransfer.com

IRC 134

(Interdisciplinary Resource Center)

9 am

Welcome to Ferris State University Presentation (mandatory)

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

IRC 120

10 - 11:30 am

Housing, Dining and Tuition Overview (mandatory)
Introduction to housing, dining, and tuition costs. This session will prepare students to choose an on-campus housing and dining option, calculate their semester tuition bill and understand the total amount due today (25%) and total amount due for the entire semester. Students are not required to live on-campus but it is strongly recommended by the Office of International Education. On-campus housing and dining contracts are legally binding for two semesters (Fall + Spring).

IRC 120

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Lunch Provided
Stay with your group and student leaders

IRC 104

12:30 pm

Group Break-out Sessions (mandatory)

  • Housing and MyFSU Login
  • Ferris ID, tuition and housing deposits (TIMME)
  • Immigration document submission
  • Admissions
  • Huntington Bank – optional. Submit an application to open account and sign up for appointment to open your account. Appointments will be assigned for Thursday, August 21 between 11am – 4pm.


Times and locations  will be assigned at check-in.

Wednesday, August 26

8 am

Late Check-In
For students who missed activities on Tuesday, August 25th due to delayed flights or other unavoidable issues. Must be approved ahead of time for late check-in by contacting Lisa vonReichbauer (LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu). This session will only cover immigration document check-in. Students will be responsible for obtaining Ferris IDs, housing, and paying tuition on their own.

IRC 134

8:30 am

Math/Reading 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 the Office of International Education staff. IEP students 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.

FLITE 110 (library)

11:30 – 12:45 pm

Lunch at The Rock Provided

Rock Café

We will leave from the IRC at 11:20 AM to walk over to The Rock Café.

1 – 3 pm

Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (mandatory)
Bring your immigration documents. This session is very important. We will teach you about U.S. immigration laws and talk about how to get a driver’s license and social security number. We teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country, including academic (teaching and learning) culture.

IRC 120

3 – 3:45 pm

Department of Public Safety (mandatory)
Meet our campus police officers and learn about staying safe, obeying U.S. laws, and driving in Michigan. You will also learn about what activities to avoid, how to report crimes, and your rights as an individual in the United States.

IRC 120

4 – 5:30 pm

Student Life and Academic Success Photo Hunt (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 prizes!

IRC 120

Thursday, August 27

11am – 3:30pm

FSU New Student Orientation (Non-IEP Students)
Non-IEP students will attend the general FSU Orientation for new students.  Schedule includes:

  • Ferris student services
  • Meeting other students in your program
  • Meetings with your academic advisors
  • Registering for classes

IRC 134

Come to the OIE to pick up your name tag and join your college group.

Lunch is provided at the Rock Cafe.

9 am

English Language Proficiency Testing (IEP students only)
This testing is for IEP students who have not provided official proof of English language proficiency. Please report early to this test as no make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.

Pharmacy 303

11 am – 6 pm

Shopping Shuttles
Take our free shuttles to stores in Big Rapids to purchase food, clothing, or household items you may need. The shuttles will pick up at the IRC, take you to stores, and then drop you off at your hotel, apartment, or the IRC after you are finished shopping.

Banking Shuttles
Shuttles will take students to local Banks to open accounts. Area banks include Huntington, Chemical Bank, Isabella Bank and Fifth Third. Many students choose to bank with Huntington, the official bank of Ferris State University (ATMs on campus). But, you may choose to bank anywhere you wish. Sign-up during orientation so that we can notify the bank that you will be setting up your account.


Meet at IRC to get on a shuttle. Shuttles will run continuously from 11am – 6pm.

Shuttles will run to the bank until 4 pm.  Banks close between 4-5 pm in the United States.

3 – 5pm

Move-In begins
Move into your on campus residence hall or off campus apartment. You may start moving into your on campus residence hall after you pay the $200 deposit at the Timme Center for Student Services and receive your room assignment from Housing. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

Ferris ID and Housing Deposit – You must have a Ferris ID, sign the housing contract, and pay the $200 deposit (residence halls) or $400 deposit (apartments or East Campus Suites) before you can receive a housing assignment.

Meet at IRC for shuttle service

Friday, August 28

9 am

Move-In continues
Move into your on campus residence hall or off campus apartment. You may start moving into your on campus residence hall after you pay the $200 deposit at the Timme Center for Student Services and receive your room assignment from Housing. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

Ferris ID and Housing Deposit – You must have a Ferris ID, sign the housing contract, and pay the $200 deposit (residence halls) or $400 deposit (apartments or East Campus Suites) before you can receive a housing assignment.

Quality Inn

Shuttles will run continuously from 9am – 4pm

1 pm

Intensive English Program Orientation (IEP students only)
New students who are enrolling in the Intensive English Program must attend this orientation.

IRC 115

7:30 pm – 9 pm

Bulldog Welcome
Gather with new students and returning students to start the new academic year.

Top Taggart Field

9 pm

RHA Movie Night
Watch a movie on the football field with other Ferris students.

Top Taggart Field

Saturday, August 29

3pm – 5pm

Bulldog Beginnings Backyard Bash
Outdoor campus event to learn about all of the offices and student groups on campus. The Bulldog is the Ferris State University mascot. This is an event for all Ferris Students.

South Quad by The Rock Café

7 pm to 10 pm

Meijer Madness
One of the local stores features local information, free items, games, and prizes.

Shuttles available on campus at various locations

Sunday, August 30

2 pm to 4 pm

International Student Picnic at Northend Park
Shuttles will be available from the IRC. Join new and current international students for food and fun by the river. Bring your footballs (soccer), cricket equipment, volleyballs, or other outdoor sporting equipment. The park has a wonderful children’s play area and a peaceful paved walkway along the river. Do not miss this event!

Meet at the IRC parking lot at 1:45pm to ride the shuttle to the park. 

Monday, August 31

8 am

Classes Begin
If you are taking any online classes, log in to BlackBoard through MyFSU to read through the course syllabus, check due dates for readings and assignments, and to find contact information for your professor if you have any questions about what do to next.

9 am – 5 pm

Social Fest Instagram Photo Challenge
Social Fest is designed to promote positive social media engagement for students while also striving to promote some of the many resources and services available to students on campus.

South Quad

Tuesday, September 1
11 - 11:50 am

Late Immigration Orientation
Must be approved for a late arrival or you will be charged two orientation fees of $85 each.

Meet in IRC 134 for important immigration information. 
Wednesday, September 2

6 – 8 pm

Bulldog Beats & Eats

South Quad and Rock Café 

Thursday, September 3

11 am        

President’s Founders Day Speech

To Be Determined

3 – 7 pm

Founders Day Celebration
Founder’s day is the annual time for students, faculty, staff and the community to come together to celebrate founders Woodbridge and Helen Gillespie Ferris and their contributions to what is today known as Ferris State University. Event activities include an ice cream social, music, and games. Celebrate Ferris State University’s 130 years in existence.

North Quad

8:30 pm

Entertainment Unlimited Event – Silent Disco

South Quad by the Rock Café

Friday, September 4

2 – 5 pm

Disc Golf in FLITE (the library)
Explore the library while playing Disc Golf!


2 – 5 pm

Cultural Connections Open House
Learn more about your student services on campus by meeting staff from the Office of International Education, Office of Multicultural Student Services and the Latin@ Center.  Food and prizes are available!

FLITE 159, IRC 134 and IRC 131

Saturday, September 5 – Monday, September 7

Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Parades and community activities are common throughout the weekend. This weekend also marks the end of summer vacationing for many.

Monday, September 7

No Classes – Labor Day

10 am – 4 pm

46th Annual Big Rapids Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival
Includes displays ranging from clothing and photography to wood workings and food. All objects must be handmade in order to be displayed.

Hemlock Park, Big Rapids

Tuesday, September 8

5 pm – 8 pm

Rec Fest

Student Rec Center

Wednesday, September 9

7 pm – 10 pm

OMSS Get Acquainted Day

Student Rec Center

Thursday, September 10

6 pm – 8 pm

Ferris Olympics

Racquet Center


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