We have advisors ready to help you become a Ferris bulldog! Before you have been admitted, they are able to help you understand more about your degree of interest, the types of jobs that you would be prepared for, and how your prior credits might transfer to Ferris. Once you are on your path to a Ferris degree they will help you plan your courses and stay on track.
Working with an advisor will help you reduce time and money in your degree by making sure you are taking the right classes.
How to schedule an appointment with your advisor:
To find an advisor for an online program, simply go to your desired or current program's information page or visit our directory of advisors where your advisor's name and contact information is listed. Click Schedule Appointment under their name and find a time that fits your schedule.
- Make sure you don’t take more classes than you need to, wasting valuable time and money.
- Make sure you balance your schedule with Ferris and community college classes to best utilize your financial aid.
- Make sure you plan your schedule ahead. Not every class is offered each semester. Don’t get into a situation where the only class you need isn’t offered the next semester, or you aren’t taking enough credits to qualify for financial aid. Advisors help you plan ahead.
- What classes should I take next? Make sure you leave your appointment with an updated program plan.
- Is my class schedule impacted by financial aid? This mostly affects students taking technology intensive courses with a slightly higher tuition. It is best to balance these courses each semester with other Ferris courses or community college classes.
- How many credits will I take each semester? Financial aid awards vary based on credit load. Six credits is considered part-time and twelve credits is considered full-time. Note that some internships may be less than six credits, but are considered full-time for financial aid.)
- Will I need to take summer courses? Financial aid budgets are created for the academic year beginning with fall semester. Make sure you don’t use all of your aid before summer semester if you’ll be taking classes.
- Are there classes I can test out of using CLEP or another proficiency test? Successful prior learning assessment can save you time and money. Ask your advisor if it’s an option for you.
- Did I get all the information I need for Michigan Works? If applicable.
Make sure your updated transcripts from all previously attended institutions have been submitted to Ferris (including your community college transcripts from the previous semester, if applicable.) If Ferris does not yet have them, bring your unofficial transcripts and order your official ones so that your advisor may see what you’ve taken and create the best personal program plan.