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Our Philosophy for Students

Living on-campus gives our residents the opportunities and advantages that can make the collegiate experience more memorable, more enjoyable, and more successful. StudentImage
StudentImage Living with us allows a student to connect with other students both on an academic and social level, making their time at Ferris an experience in life skills development
Family support systems may find the following transition information helpful as they assist their students in making decisions regarding living on-campus at Ferris State. Student and Family Image



    The Office of Housing and Residence Life views parents, guardians, and family members as partners in the journey that a student takes in continuing their education. Although that role may be changing from "caregiver" to "consultant", you play an important part in the student's academic and social success at Ferris State. We view your student as a young adult and will work with them directly to address any issue.

    Our focus is the student.

    We support the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and therefore are not able to share educational information with family members. Although prior to the Ferris State experience family may have had access to student's information, with the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the student's confidentiality of information is supported.


    Our office strives to offer out of classroom co-curricular programs that will connect with your students in-classroom experiences. Encouraging students to attend these programs will enhance their learning in the areas of critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, diversity, citizenship, membership, leadership, and relationship development. In and out of classroom experiences are valuable to students and play a role in overall development and success. Family support in encouraging them to look at the Ferris experience from a holistic sense is appreciated.


    We refer to students as "students" and not a tenant because that is their primary identity at Ferris. We provide study rooms, educational programming, periods of quiet hours, and access to university resources within residence halls. Our office wants every student to become an ideal Ferris Bulldog graduate and to make you proud. Students should speak to their Resident Assistant, Hall Director, or Hall Front Desk for any assistance they may need.

  •  Statement of Purpose

    The Office of Housing and Residence Life at Ferris State University is committed to establishing inclusive and educational communities of citizen scholars which support the Mission and Core Values of the University.  The following initiatives are the foundations of our work.

    Holistic Development

    The Office of Housing and Residence Life Challenges and supports students as they explore and take ownership of their individual growth and development.

    Academic Initiatives

    The Office of Housing and Residence Life supports and embraces the academic initiatives of the University through intentional student interactions and programming.

    Recognize and Embrace Diversity

    The Office of Housing and Residence Life champions acceptance of an individual's personal values and celebrates all individuals through role modeling and educational programming while assisting the exploration of student responsibilities as active citizens within a global society, cultivating a diverse learning community.

    Living Environment

    The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides safe and maintained living environments conducive to building community and fostering outside-of-classroom learning.


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