Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

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President David L. Eisler

Dear Students, Parents and Friends, 

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Ferris State University.  

We are the only university in Michigan named after its founders, Woodbridge Nathan Ferris (two-­term Michigan governor and United States senator) and his wife, Helen Gillespie Ferris. Founded in 1884, the Ferris’ founding philosophy of a practical, hands-on approach to education that enables students to learn practical skills for new jobs in a changing world still resonates loudly today. Our education is “where theory meets practice.” This, together with a committed faculty, individual attention and career-oriented degrees, prepares graduates who find employment in their field after graduation.

Ferris is also distinguished by its strong heritage of opportunity and commitment to diversity and inclusion. A Ferris education helps prepare students for a world that is global, connected and diverse. We strive to create an environment that fosters collaboration, cooperation and understanding in which our students appreciate the cultures, backgrounds and aspirations of others.

Our faculty are experts in creating state-of the-art degree programs that fuel and support Michigan’s economy. Ferris offers more than 180 programs, ranging from associate to doctoral degrees, through eight degree­-granting academic colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy. 

Woodbridge and Helen Ferris founded this school with an initial class of just 15 students, which Mr. Ferris taught himself. He was a firm believer in the power of education, and as president of the University, I have the privilege of working with faculty and staff dedicated to Mr. Ferris' belief that “education is life.”

Thank you again for your interest in Ferris State University. If I can be of assistance or answer any questions, please send an e-mail to president@ferris.edu, or call (231) 591-2500.

David L. Eisler
President

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