Ferris Becomes a University
Gaining university status in 1987, Ferris began as Big Rapids Industrial School in 1884 before becoming Ferris Industrial School in 1885, Ferris Institute in 1898 and Ferris State College in 1963.
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New Book Marks Ferris Anniversary
Ferris State University: The First 125 Years celebrates the living history of our remarkable institution of higher learning founded by Woodbridge N. and Helen Gillespie Ferris in 1884.
"A Century of Opportunity"
Read more about the history of the university in the book by Joseph Deupree