Beginning college is an exciting experience, but it also is a challenge that requires planning ahead to make the transition easier. The planning process for your son or daughter begins early in the junior year of high school and continues through their senior year and the summer prior to their first fall semester of classes.
Help your student list the ways to reach his or her greatest academic potential this year by developing good study habits, such as making a day-to-day commitment sheet, setting aside specific time to study for each class.
Discover your college-bound student’s career interests and future goals. Explore more than 170 academic degrees listed online to see which Ferris degree matches your student’s career goals. If you have any questions, call an FSU counselor at 1-800-433-7747 or Email a counselor at the Admissions Web page.
We encourage you to talk to parents of students who attend Ferris. Discover why they and their student chose Ferris State University. As an example, a parent whose student is in the Honors Program says, “The dorms are wonderful compared to what I’ve seen at other schools. That sold me as a mother, knowing my student would have a good living environment.”
You can help your future college student begin preparing for the ACT exam. Be sure your son or daughter lists Ferris’ ACT number — 1994 — so we receive the scores.
Juniors who are prospective college student-athletes must file with the NCAA Clearinghouse toward the end of the year. Encourage your athlete to get application information from his or her high school counselor.
Take your student to visit our college campus while classes are in session. Set up a tour of Ferris' campus by calling 1-800-433-7747 or online at www.ferris.edu/visits.
Check out the Ferris resident hall information online.
Your student can apply free to Ferris online at by visiting the Admissions Web page.
Discuss goals, grades and activities for the coming year. Many colleges carefully examine senior-year grades and courses.
Call 1-800-433-7747 for information or to learn about how to set up an on-campus visit.
Encourage your student to apply to Ferris early. Make sure that your student has completed the application. Your student can apply online by visiting the Admissions page. You can set up an on-campus visit with your son or daughter. Ferris’ Admissions Office offers general campus tours on select Saturdays and every weekday at 1 p.m. After a tour, parents and students are invited to explore campus on their own. Campus maps are available in the Admissions Office.
Talk with your student about how you are going to finance his or her college education, discuss different financial aid packages and explore potential scholarship opportunities at Ferris.
File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before February 1.
File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Honors Program applications are due in February. For information about the Honors Program, call (231) 591-2216 or visit the Honors Web site.
There is still time to apply to Ferris State University.
Make sure that your student continues to apply for independent scholarships in your community.
Congratulations! Qualifying seniors are accepted to Ferris State University.
Make sure that your student's final high school transcript has been or will be sent to Ferris State University.
Enjoy the graduation ceremonies and celebrations! Remember, Ferris orientation sessions run mid-June to mid-July.
Help your college student start packing!
Welcome to Ferris!