Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

International Student Orientation
Fall 2014

Schedule as of June 11, 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: Saturday, August 16 - Monday, August 18, 2014


Saturday, Aug 16
10 am, 7 pm and 11 pm

Sunday, Aug 17
10 am, 7 pm, and 11 pm

Monday, Aug 18
10 am, 7 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 plus 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

Tuesday, August 19

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 a contract signed for residence halls and $400 deposit for 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-into MyFSU to pay your bill through PeerTransfer. www.peertransfer.com

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 134

9 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

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120

10 am - 11:30 am

Housing, Dining and Tuition Overview (mandatory)
Introduction to housing, dining, and tuition costs and options.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch Provided (mandatory)
Stay with your group and student leaders

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

12:30 pm to 5 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, August 21 between 11 am - 4 pm.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

Times and locations will be assigned at check-in

Wednesday, August 20

8 am

Late Check-In
For students who missed activities on Tuesday, August 19th due to delayed flights or other avoidable issues. Must be approved ahead of time for late check-in by contacting Toni Dye, dyet4@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.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 134

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 the 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.


11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch at The Rock Café Provided

The Rock Café

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

1 pm - 3 pm

Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (mandatory)
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 will also teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120

3 pm - 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.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120

4 pm - 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 gift cards and other prizes!

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120

Thursday, August 21

11:00 am - 3:30 pm

FSU New Student Orientation (Non-IEP Students)
Non-IEP students will attend the general FSU Orientation for new students. At this time students will meet other FSU students in their program of study, meet advisors and schedule classes for the semester.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 134

Come to the Office of International Education to pick up your name tag and join the other students.

9 am

Intensive English Language 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 and Banking Shuttles Provided
Take our free shuttles to stores in Big Rapids to purchase food, clothing or household items you may need. Shuttles will also take students to local banks to open accounts.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

Meet at IRC to get on a shuttle. Shuttles will run continuously from 11 am - 6 pm. The shuttles for the bank will stop at 4 pm.

3 pm - 5 pm

Move-In Begins
Move into your on campus residence hall/apartment or off campus apartment. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your housing placement (Big Rapids area only).

Meet at IRC for shuttle service

Friday, August 22
9 am

Move-In Continues
Move into your on campus residence hall/apartment or off campus apartment. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your housing placement (Big Rapids area only).

Quality Inn

Shuttles will run continuously from 9 am - 4 pm

11 am

Arabic, Chinese, and Korean Translated Immigration Orientation
International student advisors will provide immigration information through translators for students who speak these languages. This is an extra session. All students must also attend the Immigration and Cultural Adjustment session on Wednesday, August 20.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

  • IRC 107 - Chinese
  • IRC 109 - Arabic
  • IRC 115 - Korean
1 pm

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

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 115

7:30 pm - 9 pm

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

Top Taggart Field

9 pm

RHA (Residence Hall Association) Movie Night
Watch a movie on the football field with other Ferris students.

Top Taggart Field

Saturday, August 23
3 pm - 5 pm

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. Play some "carnival" games and win some prizes!

South Quad by The Rock Café

7 pm - 10 pm

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

Shuttles available on campus at various locations.

Sunday, August 24
2 pm - 4 pm

International Student Picnic at Northend Riverside 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 also. Do not miss this event!!

Meet at the IRC parking lot at 1:45 pm to ride the shuttle to the park.
Monday, August 25

Classes Begin!
See the Campus Events Calendar for other Bulldog Beginnings activities on campus.

Tuesday, August 26
11 am - 11:50 am Make-up Immigration Orientation- Seek approval from Toni Dye ( dyet4@ferris.edu) for any late arrivals. Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 134
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