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Message to Students

August 3, 2021

Message to Students from Joy Pulsifer, Dean of Student Life

Good afternoon Bulldogs,

I hope you and your families are enjoying some much-needed time together and rejuvenation this summer. Plans for an incredible Fall 2021 are well underway, and we are excited to welcome you in August!  Please take a few moments to read this important information about this fall and the practical campus life benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. 

In Person. Fall 2021.

Ferris will be open this fall for a full in-person, on-campus experience providing face-to-face classes in regular classroom spaces and robust co-curricular programs. The University is returning to its regularly planned academic calendar, is opening up the ability to travel, is expanding on-campus socialization, and has restored visitor access to campus.

COVID-19 Information & Vaccines Available

Ferris State University respects everyone’s right to make decisions about their personal health care. Given the current public health guidance, and our plans for a full and open campus this fall, the University strongly recommends that all members of our campus community become immunized against COVID-19. This is the most effective way to minimize the risk of illness, disruption, and inconvenience this fall. We do not want students to miss out on in-person courses; internships and practicums; athletic competitions; performing with their music, dance, or theatre ensembles; or lose time with friends, professors and other campus activities because they need to quarantine or isolate.

Ferris State University is not mandating the COVID-19 vaccination, but our goal is to have the majority of our student, faculty, and staff populations be vaccinated prior to the Fall 2021 semester. This is particularly key for congregate living settings, such as residence halls and student apartment complexes, where the spread of COVID-19 can be rapid and more difficult to contain. We greatly appreciate our students and employees who have been vaccinated for COVID-19, and we strongly encourage those who have not been to do so.  

No-cost vaccinations are available in the Birkam Health Center for students, faculty, staff, and their household members age 16 and up.  If you have not been vaccinated and would like to be, please contact Birkam Health Center at (231) 591-2614, Option 2, to set up an appointment, or you can visit for area vaccination sites across the state. 

To maintain a safe and healthy living and learning environment, everyone is expected to:

  • Engage in good hygiene practices including frequent and thorough hand washing
  • Stay at your residence when symptomatic and/or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Complete the daily symptom checker when coming to a campus location and/or when working for Ferris, regardless of work location 
  • Report COVID-19 signs/symptoms in the symptom checker
  • Remain at least 6 ft. apart from others if not fully vaccinated
  • Wear a face covering if not fully vaccinated and cannot consistently maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wear a face covering in healthcare settings where patients may be present

Why Get Vaccinated?

Vaccination against COVID-19 is safe and effective. It is our best way to assure community health and to avoid the disruptions seen across the country this past year from COVID-19. Fully vaccinated students are significantly less likely to get sick and be required to isolate and do not have to quarantine if they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless they are symptomatic.  Additionally, some off-campus program partners, such as school districts for student teaching or healthcare clinical sites, may require students to be vaccinated to participate.

Document Your Vaccination Status 

To help the University gauge vaccination levels, please complete the “fully-vaccinated for COVID-19 form” when you are fully vaccinated. The form is located in the Healthy Dog portal. If you do not complete this form, the University will assume you are not fully vaccinated.  

Residential Student Move-in

Move in for on-campus residents will begin at the Ewigleben Sports Complex.  You will check-in at Wink Arena to pick up your welcome packets, which include your room key, parking pass, and ID.  Students and families can also visit Information Alley at check-in where several departments will be on hand to share their services. The staggered move-in schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 25 @ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bond Hall, Cramer Hall, East Campus Suites

Thursday, Aug. 26 @ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Brophy/McNerney Hall, Henderson Hall, Puterbaugh Hall, Pickell Hall, Ward Hall, West Campus Apartments

Friday, Aug. 27 @ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Clark Hall, Hallisy Hall, North Hall, West Campus Apartments

Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29
All residential students who have not checked-in are welcome to check-in over the weekend.

Additional specific information about the Move-In Day experience at your hall, suite or apartment can be found here. 

Relief Funds to Assist Students with Expenses Related to COVID-19

The University has received additional federal relief funds to provide emergency assistance grants to students heading into Fall 2021.  Following federal guidelines, the University has prioritized the awarding of these grants based on financial need. However, any student enrolled at least half time (6 credits or more) in a degree program and who is not a high school student concurrently or dual enrolled, IS ELIGIBLE. Learn more about these funds and how to apply.

Financial Aid Refunds, Parking Passes, Online Textbook Ordering and More!

There is much more exciting news to share! We’ve created a Welcome Back webpage just for you! It covers everything from how to get your MyBulldog ID Card and parking permit to ordering your textbooks online and obtaining student employment. Plus, it covers all of the fun events during Bulldog Beginnings that will help you acclimate to campus and make new friends!

Please continue to check your email for additional communication from the Dean of Student Life (DOSL) in the weeks ahead, as the University will continue to provide details about our plans for an incredible Fall 2021. Follow @ferrislife on Instagram, @ferrisbulldogs on TikTok, and watch the Summer with Stacey videos created by a Ferris senior to see interesting parts of campus and beyond. 

We can’t wait to see you and welcome you to campus in just a few weeks!

Questions? Please direct them to the appropriate contact below:

Academics – contact your advisor or dean's office

  • College of Arts, Sciences and Education: 231-591-3660
  • College of Business: 231-591-2420
  • College of Engineering Technology: 231-591-2890
  • College of Health Professions: 231-591-2270
  • College of Pharmacy: 231-591-2254
  • College of Optometry: 231-591-3706
  • Retention & Student Success: 231-591-2360
  • Kendall College of Art and Design: 616-259-1203
  • Statewide location email contact info is located at:

If you are unable to reach your advisor, please contact your College (numbers above) or [email protected].

Housing & Dining [email protected]

Student Bill - Business Office

Financial Aid [email protected]   

Reasonable Accommodations – Educational Counseling & Disabilities Services, [email protected], or [email protected] for students at Kendall College of Art & Design

Take good care. And let’s all move #FerrisForwardTogether.