Ferris Welcomed More Than 14,000 Students This Fall

Institution breaks enrollment records in multiple categories

by Published: Sep 11, 2013

More Bulldogs: Ferris students walk through the north quad between classes earlier this week. This semester, Ferris reported record high enrollment with 10,159 students on the Big Rapids campus. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

More Bulldogs: Ferris stu­dents walk through the north quad between classes ear­lier this week. This semes­ter, Ferris reported record high enroll­ment with 10,159 stu­dents on the Big Rapids cam­pus. Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Ferris State hit its high­est enroll­ment rate in almost two decades.

The fall 2013 semes­ter enroll­ment recorded a total of 14,707 stu­dents enrolled at Ferris, 10,159 of those stu­dents at the Big Rapids campus.

“Our fall 2013 enroll­ment demon­strates what an excit­ing time it is to be a part of Ferris State University,” dean of Enrollment Services Kristen Salomonson said in a press release. “Ferris is a place where stu­dents feel wel­come and know they will receive a great edu­ca­tion that leads them to a suc­cess­ful career.”

The College of Engineering Technology increased by 148 stu­dents to 2,063, the largest change among Ferris’ aca­d­e­mic colleges.

“I think it’s great that [College of Engineering Technology] is grow­ing. Ferris has a great pro­gram with great pro­fes­sors,” plas­tics sopho­more Nate Ivenson said.

The College of Business boosted to a total of 2,777, a 77 per­son increase.

The College of Education and Human Services also had a slight increase of 39 stu­dents to 2,277. The College of Pharmacy enroll­ment was up by 26 stu­dents this fall.

However, the col­leges of Arts and Sciences and Health Professions enroll­ment decreased by 189 and 124, respectively.

The num­ber of Ferris FTIAC (first time in any col­lege) stu­dents increased by 104 since fall 2012, a five per­cent growth. Out of state FTIAC stu­dents jumped from five per­cent to 13 per­cent this year.

However, the larger stu­dent pop­u­la­tion is not just being sup­ple­mented by incom­ing fresh­man. Ferris’ first-year reten­tion rate for bachelor’s degree stu­dent is the high­est it has been in school history.

The reten­tion rate increased from 70 per­cent in fall 2012 to 77 per­cent in fall 2013 for full-time bachelor’s degree stu­dents. Overall, Ferris’ reten­tion rate grew from 69 per­cent last year to 71 per­cent this year.

An increase of 120 on-campus stu­dents from the pre­vi­ous fall semes­ter means some poten­tial issues such as park­ing. Ferris mar­ket­ing senior Courtney Meharg said she hasn’t noticed addi­tion stu­dents this year.

“Parking has always been an issue. Parking spots seem just as scarce this year as they have been for the last five years,” Meharg said.

Also break­ing records this fall was Ferris’ inter­na­tional stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. According to Donald Green, vice pres­i­dent for Extended and International Operations, cur­rently cam­pus is the most diverse it has ever been.

Green believes hav­ing inter­na­tional stu­dents allows domes­tic stu­dents to view other cultures.

“This is crit­i­cal as we are prepar­ing our stu­dents to work in a more diverse and glob­al­ized world that awaits them after they grad­u­ate,” Green said.