Well-established programming and exploration opportunities have been modified, rapidly,
to offer high school upperclassmen and transfer prospects the ability to assess Ferris
State University through virtual exposure.
Dean of Enrollment Services Kristen Salomonson said that a team from her department developed the Ferris Transfer Tool. The tool allows students who have attended other colleges and universities to learn how they might accomplish their educational goals and earn a degree from the university.
“The university is committed to giving students credit for the work they’ve done at other institutions,” Salomonson said. “The Ferris Transfer Tool makes it simple. You go to the site, enter your coursework and receive an estimate of transferable credits immediately.”
Collaboration with the university’s Extended and International Operations unit, on Wednesday, April 22, was an unqualified success, according to Assistant Director of Recruitment Programs Jeffery Stewart.
“The Virtual Open House provided a tremendous opportunity for students to drop in and learn about next steps in the process and explore Ferris further,” Stewart said. “Students had the opportunity to speak with advising staff from our statewide sites, financial aid and recruitment staff, while also having the ability for an admissions decision on the spot.”
Extended and International Operation’s Eric Hazen was part of the Virtual Open House. He said that 168 prospective students participated.
“Thirty-one staff members in total were available to assist students between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.” Hazen said.” Many of the staff members stayed well after the scheduled time to continue assisting students, so we didn’t shut down until 1:50 p.m., nearly an hour past our originally scheduled time. It was a real testament to how committed our staff members are to helping students take their next step forward. It was extremely exciting to see staff taking the challenge of unfamiliar technology and methods to help us connect students with Ferris in this innovative way.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of traditional events like Dawg Days and the Admitted Student Open House, Director of Orientation Eric Simone said their department has had to adjust in the short term.
“We have hosted a four-day Admitted Student Week Live series featuring Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Housing and Residence Life, and have prepared a five-day series called ‘Explore Ferris Live,’ scheduled for the week of April 27, for students to learn more about Ferris and each of our academic colleges,” Simone said. “We are in the process of developing virtual events for our high school junior and transfer populations as well. Recruiting officers and financial aid counselors are all available for one-on-one virtual appointments.”
Simone said that the university’s determination to promote the health and safety of the campus, for incoming students and their families by restricting or limiting access, means that summer orientation will be offered virtually.
“Details are still being worked through, as we collaborate with Academic Affairs and other departments on campus,” Simone said. “At this time, we have over 1,400 students registered for orientation and counting. They are being encouraged to sign up for an orientation date and continue to watch their email for pertinent updates.”