What is FSUS?

Ferris State University Seminar (FSUS) is a class designed to provide all first year students with personal connections, knowledge, and resources that will enhance their potential for learning, safety, satisfaction & graduation. A goal of the course is to facilitate student transition from high school to university life and by so doing improving student academic performance and retention. Students will develop a relationship with FSUS faculty members that will serve as an internal model for interactions with future teachers.

Who Takes the Ferris State University Seminar (FSUS) class?

All first-time-in-any-college freshmen (FTIAC's) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100, Ferris State University Seminar, requirement. For the purposes of FSUS 100 compliance, "FTIAC" is defined as any first-year student who has completed less than 12 credits at another higher education institution, excluding credits earned through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or proficiency testing such as CLEP.

By actively participating in FSUS, students will:


  • an awareness of how they learn and how to access academic and personal support services
  • effective time management strategies

Learn about and understand...

  • wellness issues that directly impact their health and safety
  • how to apply basic study skills techniques to their academic courses
  • how to appreciate differences and similarities among the members of the diverse Ferris community
  • academic integrity and classroom etiquette skills that foster appropriate conduct in the post secondary institution setting.


  • academic advising and technical assistance to insure appropriate registration for the next semester
  • encouragement to become active participants and contributors in campus and community activities

Become familiar with...

  • FSU’s campus resources
  • Woodbridge N. Ferris and his mission as educator, statesman, and humanitarian thereby promoting an appreciation for and understanding of the uniqueness of Ferris State University.

Most sections are grouped by major – the average seminar size is 20 students.